The first Regional Forum of the Young Arab Voices, co-organized by the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) and the British Council, gathered in the Tunisian capital more than 80 emerging young leaders from eight Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to compete in debating topical and controversial issues such as media censorship in reporting terrorist attacks, banning religious schools, and compulsory quotas for youth in local elections.
In 2016 Global Thinkers Forum partnered with ALF for this landmark activity in a five-year programme that has brought to the heart of the MENA region the traditional democratic approach to conflict in perceptions, crafted around a carefully organised and structured dialogue. More than 100,000 young people from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco have had the opportunity to develop their skills in public debate and obey the logic and rules of parliamentary systems, while arguing in favour or against motions on topics affecting the countries of the entire Euro-Med region.
The Anna Lindh Foundation leads regional initiatives in the Euro-Med space and supports local activities carried out by organisations based across civil society which advocate for a better understanding among people, religions and beliefs, and champion human rights and democracy. Debate to Action is a strategic project financed by the British Foreign Office (FCO) and focused on building a programme of enhanced communication and advocacy skills training for youth leaders from across the MENA region