Freedom of Association in Arab Countries

A Toolkit


The Arab region witnessed tremendous changes between 2011-2013 as the result of popular uprisings in response to decades of lack of democracy and freedom, economic and social deprivations and inequalities, and a rise in unemployment, particularly among youth, poverty and social marginalization.

This manual is intended to contribute to the efforts to create a sound and an empowered civil society in Arab countries. It is primarily the fruit of efforts of the main author Ms. Mervat Rishmawi, with contributions from the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) and ICNL staff.