The Maghreb Economic Forum is also the partner of the BMW Foundation for The Global Table that was organized in Tunisia. The 2nd BMW Foundation Global Table “Towards an Inclusive Vision for a New Social Contract” took place from September 29 to October 2, 2016, in Tunis. The second cycle of the BMW Foundation Global Table focused on the topic of identifying and establishing new mechanisms towards an implementable “good enough” governance framework. It featured five Global Tables alternating between Europe and the new global powers and was concluded with the Berlin Global Forum in November 2016.
The MEF will have two prominent places at the 5th Responsible Leaders Forum organized by BMW Foundation in May in Munich. A thematic session will be moderated by Amel Karboul – Secretary General of the MEF and Kamel Lazaar – the President of the MEF will be one of the panelists. The BMW Foundation brings together leaders from across communities, cultures and countries to drive Social Innovation, promote Global Dialogue, and encourage Responsible Leadership. Their approach breaks down barriers between politics, business and civil society and allows society to benefit from the creativity and diversity that result from cross sector collaboration. The World Responsible Leaders Forum brings together leaders from all over the world. It is directed at the some 2000 individuals who have participated in one of the BMW Foundation’s previous Young Leaders programs or other core formats of the BMW Foundation.
The MEF’s Secretary General Amel Karboul will participate in one of the opening sessions on “The Power of the Network: Building Connections to Make a Difference” as a moderator. Members of BMW Foundation global network will share their personal stories on how cross-sector collaboration through the Responsible Leaders Network has resulted in social impact.
MEF’s President Mr. Kamel Lazaar will be on the panel together with Pawel Rogalinski (Press Spokesman, Democratic Alliance 1937, Lodz). He has launched the project Journalistic Review which is an online magazine with the goal of representing an independent pro-European and pro-human rights magazine to influence Polish ruling class, politics and business and being a guardian of transparency and standards of democracy. They will be debating on “Existing Funding Mechanisms for NGOs in Transformation Countries: a Curse or a Blessing?” Mr. Lazaar and Mr. Rogalinski will be discussing how NGOs operating in transformation countries can contribute immensely towards rethinking the social contract and identifying new mechanisms for civic participation.
Through leadership development programs, they can also empower civil society actors to become an active driver of inclusive economic growth and political stability. By informing and engaging the public at large, NGOs can help revisit historical narratives and enable quality debates which remain crucial for such a reconceptualization of the past. Therefore, both think tanks and non-governmental organizations are bound to play a major role in every political system going through a process of democratic transition.
Nevertheless, they are still facing the challenge of developing a sustainable fundraising strategy enabling them to do long-term project planning without endangering their public credibility. Diversifying the nonprofit’s donor base and providing accessible information regarding funding can help these actors tackle bizarre assumptions and conspiracy theories regarding an alleged lack of independence. But even then, they continue to suffer the consequences of old-fashioned mechanisms of project-based funding that paradoxically hinders institution building. The question remains how to secure the financial sustainability of such organizations so that they do not end up compromising on their systemic contribution in order to accommodate the preferences of foreign donors.