Encouraging Inclusive Public Participation in the Near Eastern Affairs Region (EIPP)

Encouraging Inclusive Public Participation in the Near Eastern Affairs Region (EIPP)

The Encouraging Inclusive Public Participation in the Near Eastern Affairs Region (EIPP) Program enhances civil society’s ability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to operate resiliently in closing spaces, promote the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, and conduct effective public engagement on rights issues.

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The Encouraging Inclusive Public Participation in the Near Eastern Affairs Region (EIPP) Program enhances civil society’s ability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to operate resiliently in closing spaces, promote the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups, and conduct effective public engagement on rights issues.

Quick Facts

  • EIPP serves as a flexible mechanism for subgranting and providing technical assistance that encourages meaningful public engagement to improve access to and distribution of rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • EIPP will support civil society in implementing strategies that expand the inclusion of their outreach and broaden bases of support on sensitive rights issues, such as women’s rights and the rights of minorities.
  • EIPP will help civil society identify and pursue effective approaches for influencing the systems that shape access to rights.
  • EIPP is designed to build upon IREX's work on rights and inclusion under its predecessor program, the Justice & Dignity for the Middle East and North Africa Initiative. EIPP will leverage tools (PDF, 2.2 MB), case studies (PDF, 1.2 MB), and lessons learned (PDF, 1.6 MB) from Justice & Dignity to support the resiliency, sustainability, and effective public engagement of citizens and civil society organizations in the MENA region.

Goals

  • MENA civil society’s increased resiliency supports continued independent civic activism within closing spaces.
  • MENA civil society effectively promotes inclusion and the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  • Through public engagement, civil society promotes changes within social, local, and national systems to improve access to and distribution of rights.

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