Civil Soceity Network

Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF)


The Anna Lindh Foundation aims to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future for the region.

Since 2005, the ALF has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions – education, culture and media – as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 4000 civil society organizations. Through its action and reflection, the ALF aims to contribute to the development of an Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions and advocating for shared values.

Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)


The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) is a regional network, working in 12 Arab countries with nine national networks (with an extended membership of 250 CSOs from different backgrounds) and 23 NGO members. ANND was established in 1997 and its headquarters is located in Beirut, Lebanon since 2000.

ANND aims at strengthening the role of civil society, enhancing the values of democracy, respect of human rights and sustainable development in the region. ANND advocates for more sound and effective socio-economic reforms in the region, which integrate the concepts of sustainable development, gender justice, and the rights-based approach.

The network programs cover three main areas:

  • Development Policies in the region
  • Social and economic reform agendas and the role of international and regional organizations.
  • Economic and trade liberalization policies and its social and economic implications

On a horizontal level, ANND addresses issues of peace and security in the region.

League of Arab States


Through institutions, such as the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the Economic and Social Council of the Arab League's Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU), the Arab League facilitates political, economic, cultural, scientific, and social programmes designed to promote the interests of the Arab world.

It has served as a forum for the member states to coordinate their policy positions, to deliberate on matters of common concern, to settle some Arab disputes and to limit conflicts such as the 1958 Lebanon crisis.

The League has served as a platform for the drafting and conclusion of many landmark documents promoting economic integration. 

European Endowment for Democracy (EED)


The objective of the EED is to foster and encourage democratization and deep and sustainable democracy in countries in political transition and in societies struggling for democratisation, with initial, although not exclusive focus, on the European Neighbourhood.

The EED has been created to promote the European values of freedom and democracy. A joint effort of the Member States and European Union institutions, the European Endowment for Democracy remains an independent private law foundation with its seat in Brussels.

The European Endowment for Democracy assists: pro-democratic civil society organisations, movements and individual activists acting in favor of a pluralistic multiparty system regardless of their size or formal status. The EED will also provide assistance to young leaders, independent media, and journalists, provided that all the beneficiaries adhere to core democratic values and human rights as well as subscribe to principles of non-violence. Women rights organisations and female activists are among the recipients of support and gender perspective is mainstreamed in all decisions and EED-funded actions.

The European NGO confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD)


CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs which is made up of 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe.

CONCORD works to ensure that:

  • The EU and Member State are fully committed to and implement comprehensive and coherent policies towards the developing world that are based on the principles of solidarity, human rights, justice and democracy, and which aim to address the causes of poverty and conflict and promote sustainable economic and social development
  • The European NGDO movement is active and fully engaged in promoting EU policies that have a positive impact on developing countries and have the capacity to influence the direction of these policies.
  • The role of the NGDOs is valued and protected as an authentic voice of European civil society that is engaged in issues of development and global justice.


SOLIDAR is a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.

With 60 member organizations based in 27 countries (22 of which are EU countries), member organizations are national NGOs in Europe, as well as some non-EU and EU-wide organizations, working in one or more of our fields of activity.

SOLIDAR aims to voice the concerns of its member organizations to the EU and international institutions by carrying out active lobbying, project management and coordination, policy monitoring and awareness-raising actions across its different policy areas.