Pulications Result:
Towards a New Integrated Labor Policy in the Arab World

The status and nature of labor and employment across the region was one of the underlying causes of the Arab uprisings and remains a major problem today. Long overlooked or discarded as unrealistic before the current transition, the integration of labor markets in a manner that addresses the core ...Read more

The Role of the Middle East Commercial Center (MECC) and the Private Sector

Established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in February 2014, the Middle East Commercial Center (MECC) aims to synthesize lessons learned from previous attempts to promote trade and economic growth in the MENA region via its comprehensive, private sector-led network of multinational ...Read more

Addressing Illicit Financial Flows and Capital Flight in the MENA

 The MENA has long suffered from capital flight for a number of reasons – resource-based economies, corruption, weak governance, economic underdevelopment, political instability, and a less developed financial sector. The Middle East and North Africa region ...Read more

Why does Institutional Development Matter for MENA's Manufacturing Sector?

This policy paper by Mahmoud Araissi and Ali Fakih explores the need for institutional (financial, governance, legal) development to enhance the capacity, quality and the competiveness of the manufacturing sector.


The manufacturing sector is the largest contributor to the Gross ...Read more

Public Perceptions on Transitional Justice in Syria

This publication named Report of Findings from Focus Group Research: Public Perceptions on Transitional Justice in Syria was written by Menapolis and produced at the request of IWPR with the objective of sharing information in support of the transitional process in Syria.


In ...Read more

Tunisia election results: Islamists are major power, but all is not lost for secularists

This article was written by Marwan Maalouf and Jesse Biroscak and published in The Christian Science Monitor.


With the Islamist Al Nahda party emerging as the dominant power, Tunisia's election results have disappointed secularists. Rather than withdraw in defeat, they ...Read more

Transitional Justice: A Handbook for Journalists, Citizens and Activists

This report was written by Mustafa Haid, Jeremy Sarkin, Marwan Maalouf, Mariam Abdullah, Youssef Kanaan, Alia Ahmad, Radwan Ziadeh and Wael Sawah and was published by IWPR.


This handbook for journalists, citizens and activists takes a look at how Syria could deal with issues of ...Read more

Local Governance Inside Syria : Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations

This article named "Local Councils: An Opportunity Not to Be Lost" was written by Marwan Maalouf in the report Local Governance Inside Syria - Challenges, Opportunities and Recommendations published by IWPR. This report was written by Ghias Aljundi with ...Read more

The Arab revolutions and challenges for peacebuilding

This report was written by Nizar Ghanem. This background paper has been produced for a workshop on “NGO Peacebuilding Innovations” convened by Peacebuild in Ottawa on July 15 th, 2011 with the support of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. 

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Tunisia, beware Lebanon's fate; Nation must safeguard precious gains and build a capable democracy

This article was written by Marwan Maalouf and originally published by New York Daily News.


Tunisians have achieved something unique in the Arab world: a sustained popular uprising that ousted a dictator. Despite the appearance of stability and economic reform, President Zine ...Read more

Breaking the Stalemate in Syria

This report was written by Marwan Maalouf and Khattar Torbey and was published by POMED, Project on Middle East Democracy.


In early 2011, when popular uprisings began to sweep the Middle East, policymakers and pundits alike presumed the Syrian regime was immune to such ...Read more

The second destruction: Syria and the upcoming reconstruction

This article was written by Nazar Ghanem and published by openDemocracy.


The Syrian social movement has to be conscious of the necessity of establishing a just economy. Strong checks need to be built against the post-war government so that all Syrians understand the ...Read more

Perspectives from Syria

This report named Perspectives from Syria - Collection of Essays Two Years into the War contains 10 articles written by Dr. Hassan Abbas, Mazen Azzi, Kholoud al-Zghayar, Omar al-As’ad, Nariman Amer, Adnan Abdelrazzak, Maher Massoud, Bassem ...Read more

Dialogue and local response mechanisms to conflict between host communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon

This conflict scan was commissioned by Search for Common Grounds and implemented by Menapolis. This report has been produced with the support of the European Union and the UNHCR. Nizar Ghanem has contributed to this publication as a Research Analyst.


The research ...Read more

Local Councils in Syria: A Sovereignty Crisis in Liberated Areas

This policy paper was written and published by Menapolis with the support of Freedom House.


This policy paper analyzes and evaluates local administrative councils (LACs), the nascent revolutionary governing structures that began forming across Syria as cities and towns asserted ...Read more

Syria at the Crossroads: Paving the Path Ahead with International Law and Comparative Examples

This policy paper was written by Monica Leonardo and published by Menapolis with the support of Freedom House.


This policy paper examines the measures vital for a successful and legitimate transitional justice strategy in Syria. Although the outcome of the Syrian ...Read more

Implementing Effective, Equitable and Participatory Long-Term Post Conflict Development Aid in Syria

This policy paper was written by Sami Halabi and published by Menapolis with the support of Freedom House.


The paper seeks to provide recommendations regarding the long-term dispersal and management of aid funding in order to assist the Syrian people in rebuilding their nation ...Read more

News & Events Result:
Conflict resolution training in Rabat, Morocco

For the third consecutive year, Menapolis conducted a training with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program. The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a leadership training porgram in the U.S. for Arab undergraduates. Approximately 100 students from around the region ...Read more

Syria's Mobile Phone Film Festival 2014

The festival, which took place in mid-October in towns throughout Syria, showcased the work of young Syrian activists who harnessed the power of mobile technology to document stories from the revolution. There are also plans to screen the films later this year in London, Berlin, and Brussels.

False Alarm screened in Oslo

Menapolis screened the documentary False Alarm at the 2015 Human Rights Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival as part of a special Syria-focused screening “Syria Differently - The Third Syrian Narrative”. 

The screening of False Alarm took place on February 12 2015 at 9:30 ...Read more

Projects Result:
Videos Narrating Syrian Refugee Stories in Lebanon

Menapolis produced feature stories on Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. They were later aired on France 24 Arabic.


The first video highlights “The Lahza” project, which worked with Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa, Lebanon. To understand the struggles of the refugees, ...Read more

The Revolt of Maisa and Samar: A Documentary

In 2014, Menapolis produced a 30-minute documentary on the revolt of Maisa and Samar Saleh, two sister activists that were captured by the Syrian regime and ISIL respectively. The two had participated in the civil protests from the start of the Syrian revolution. Maisa was arrested by the Syrian ...Read more

Empowering Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement (EDAMA)

Menapolis was one of the partners selected to train on "good governance and advocacy" in a project called Engaging Democratic Activists for MENA Advancement (EDAMA) led by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Menapolis designed the training curriculum supporting EDAMA ...Read more

Building a Lasting Network of Leaders in the MENA Region

Following the 2011 uprisings in the MENA region, Menapolis saw the new challenges leading regional activists faced: the need to move from activism to advocacy, and the development of strong leadership and coherent political and economic reforms in order to forestall social crises.


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Technical Assistance on Good Governance and Accountability

Menapolis provides technical assistance to civil society groups on promoting good governance in their country and to increase their capacity to build credible watchdog groups.


As part of these efforts, Menapolis provided guidance to activists in Egypt to support monitoring the ...Read more

A New Economic Development Paradigm for the Arab World

Menapolis founded Khamsoon, a platform dedicated to the exchange of ideas and actionable policy research on the Arab economic integration and the reforms necessary to boost growth, employment, standards of living, and equitable economic opportunities. Khamsoon seeks to narrow the gap between ...Read more

A One Stop News Website on Syria

Menapolis launched a news aggregation website called al-Malaf. Aggregating and selecting tens of articles from various local and international news outlets daily, the website provides readers with Syria-related news that cover the political spectrum in order to deliver balanced and ...Read more

Stories of Struggle: Syrian Citizens Amidst the Revolution

In the summer of 2014, Menapolis co-produced False Alarm, a documentary that brings stories of Syria’s revolution. ”False Alarm” tells the story of Syria today. It is the story of a country that has lost its revolutionary spirit, overpowered by internal divisions. It is a film ...Read more