Supporting Transitions in the Arab World

The Arab Awakening, which started in Tunisia and swept through Egypt, has triggered profound transformation both within Arab states and in the region. These changes will ultimately shape the nature of state-society relations in the Arab world.

This three-year project will help the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) position itself as a research hub in the Middle East and North Africa region. This network of research centres is well placed to develop and test realistic and homegrown democratic reforms to support sustainable and open democratic transformation in the Arab world.

The ARI will leverage the accumulated experience of its regional network to build knowledge, support transition processes, track and assess regional changes, and respond to emerging changes in other Arab countries.

ARI researchers will
- research the changing role of the state in economic and social issues;
- support policymakers in their efforts to represent and respond to social demands;
- develop strategies that can help citizens gain ownership of their constitutions;
- offer recommendations for democratic reforms in the security sector;
- support concrete and critical dialogue through a variety of platforms; and,
- produce research and recommendations to support effective diversity policies (women, religious, tribal, cultural, regional minorities).

This project will also allow ARI to continue its work on the Arab Democracy Barometer, a 12-country survey that provides data on Arab citizens' perceptions and views of democracy.

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Start Date

Friday, January 13, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 1,579,700


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Tunisia, Egypt


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Bassma Kodmani


Arab Reform Initiative

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