MENA youth forum for democracy: A regional exchange

On 21 October, students from our Jordan School of Politics travelled to Tunisia to meet with students from our Tunisia School of Politics for the first time.

The meeting is part of a series of regional forums, which will give aspiring young leaders from Tunisia and Jordan the chance to share experiences and strengthen their knowledge of regional issues and democratic practices.

20 promising students were picked from each School of Politics to take part in the exchange. Throughout the forum, they bonded through group discussions and interactive sessions on a number of topics, including:

  • major trends, opportunities and obstacles in the region
  • women in politics
  • the partisan system
  • what makes a democracy participatory

What next?

The regional forum, which NIMD organized in cooperation with its Tunisian Partner, CEMI, is to be the first in many similar activities that will foster dialogue between politically active youth from the MENA region.

The next step will be to invite the participants to attend a second regional forum. This will be in Jordan, and will focus on enhancing the political skills of the young leaders through workshops on campaigning and public speaking.

Third, the participants will be invited to The Hague in the Netherlands, where they will meet with young Dutch political leaders and learn about the political culture in the Netherlands.

The regional forums in practice

Through each of these forums, the participants will get to know each other better. They will have time to address regional problems in groups and come up with practical innovative solutions together.

They will also strengthen their democratic culture and values, taking what they have learned back to their own countries.

In this way, NIMD hopes that the forums will become an innovative platform that strengthens future leaders, giving them the tools to become both ambassadors for multiparty democracy and advocates of inclusive politics.