United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress.  USIP is devoted to working on the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad. The institute focuses on the empowerment of others with knowledge, skills, and resources. USIP’s mission is achieved through its active engagements in the world’s conflict and post-conflict zones, teaching and training, research and analysis, and global grant-making.

Why a MENA Regional Facilitators Forum?

Transition to stability is a fragile process and can be undermined by ongoing tensions escalating into violent conflicts or often by the lack of technical expertise supporting such a process. Each country undergoing transition is a unique case, yet there are common challenges and opportunities. A network of regional facilitators engaged in conflict management, peacebuilding and national dialogue initiatives fosters regional peer learning and regionally based concepts among practicing facilitators. This Forum serves to function as a peer-learning platform and provide cooperation opportunities on national regional and local dialogue initiatives by the Forum members.

 About the MENA-FF

The Middle East and North Africa-MENA, regional Facilitators Forum (RFF or Forum), is made up of a group of experienced practitioners who facilitate dialogue amongst conflicting parties locally, nationally and regionally.

The Forum aims to promote and strengthen the practice of peaceful conflict resolution within the MENA region by choosing members with diversified backgrounds in peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Members of the Forum are experts in facilitation and mediation from different countries in the MENA region: Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Since its inception in 2013, The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has assumed the role of Secretariat for the Forum, providing administrative, communication, capacity building and technical support. By supporting the Forum, USIP helps to enhance members’ skills, knowledge, and resources through direct engagement in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.