Introducing New Resources for Dialogue Experts in the MENA Region

In the Middle East and North Africa, there is a growing awareness of the importance of community dialogues for peace and stability. But while dialogue initiatives are growing in number and quality, there is still work to be done.

To support and improve dialogue practices in the region, in 2015 we launched the MENA Common Ground Institute (CGI). The CGI focuses on reinforcing the expertise of Arabic-speaking dialogue specialists, supporting local dialogue initiatives, advancing the field of dialogue research, and rewarding outstanding dialogue practices.

Within the framework of this initiative, we are proud to announce the publication of two new resources for local practitioners: the Community Dialogue Design Manual and the Roster of Tunisian dialogue specialists.

The Community Dialogue Design Manual is available in Arabic and provides dialogue specialists with the skills to design successful community dialogues. The Manual gives insights into different aspects of dialogue design: from understanding conflict analysis, dialogue traditions, and conflict sensitivity, to evaluating dialogues and ensuring sustainable impact. It has been tested in different MENA countries to take into account local cultural specificities and dynamics. Thanks to this extensive review process and multiple Trainings of Trainers, we ensured that the Manual is applicable to the actual needs of dialogue experts and that the language is accessible to audiences across the region.

  • Download the Community Dialogue Design Manual in English
  • Download the Community Dialogue Design Manual in Arabic

The Community Dialogue Design Manual has drastically increased access to dialogue facilitation expertise and practice throughout the Arabic-speaking world. It was received with great enthusiasm by the participants in our trainings, who have become certified CGI Community Dialogue Experts.

The Manual represents a useful tool particularly for Tunisia, where facilitated dialogue has received significant support by peacebuilding organizations. Tunisia already has a strong community of practitioners, with diverse skills and networks. What’s missing is a mechanism to link each opportunity for dialogue with the specific facilitators who have the skills to address it best.

To pursue this objective, we created the first Roster of Tunisian Arabic-speaking dialogue specialists. We carefully selected the profiles presented in this Roster according to eligibility standards, in order to ensure professionalism and growth in the field. Through this Roster, international organizations, institutions, and other groups will have access to local Tunisian dialogue experts, all of whom have received specialized training through the Community Dialogue Design Manual.

These resources are a fundamental step in the promotion of a culture of dialogue across the MENA region. To learn more about this and other initiatives in the area, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!