DAWRAK-Exchange programme offers civil society organisations and journalists opportunity for travel, training and learning

The Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a new call for participation in the framework of the third round of the “DAWARAK-Exchange” programme, offering 50 members of civil society organisations an opportunity to travel to a counterpart organisation in another Euro-Mediterranean country for exchange of experience in the host organisation. Among the participants, ten journalists will take part in the journalist training “Reporters across Cultures”.
The submission of applications to benefit from this training opportunity is now open in Arabic, English and French from 26 of June to 18 October 2013.
The Citizens’ Exchange Programme is a traineeship service aimed at promoting exchange among Arab Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and between them and Euro-Med CSOs, for a period of 1 to 3 months. The Foundation seeks to support especially young CSO members who have a long-term vision of change and are active in their communities.
The “Exchange” idea works in two modalities: the Twinning Scheme which offers to an organisation the possibility to send an Exchange Actor (EA) and host another EA; and the Sending Only modality which allows an Arab organisation to send an EA to be hosted by a counterpart organisation for exchange and training by practice. However, a preference is given to the Twinning especially between two Arab Mediterranean organisations.
This is the third call for application in “DAWRAK-Exchange” and will be the biggest in terms of number of beneficiaries. The first call was launched in October 2012 and it offered a traineeship opportunity for 20 persons at the beginning of 2013. The second one took place in the first quarter of 2013 and resulted in the selection of 26 persons to do their exchange activities over the rest of the year.
DAWRAK-Citizens for Dialogue aims to build the capacities of CSOs and the most dynamic actors of change in the southern Mediterranean and provide them with tools and skills for dialogue, advocacy and networking, enabling them to contribute to developing a culture of citizenship and democratic participation. 
The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million). (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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