Democratic transition after the Arab Spring - governance as a key factor

date: 16 May 2013

Among the challenges facing the Arab world today are authoritarian government, lack of freedom and gender equality, demographic pressures, high unemployment, and limited prospects for a young population.

Over two years after the Arab Spring, most countries in the region are still struggling to build their new state institutions. The major challenge here is to develop institutions and decision-making processes that pay greater attention to the needs of ordinary citizens, in particular those from the most disadvantaged strata of society.

On the occasion of the bilateral consultation between the Belgian Development Cooperation and the UNDP, a panel discussion will be held on 22 May on the topic of “Democratic transition after the Arab Spring and the role of governance as a key factor”.

The following experts will take part in the panel discussion:

  • Mourad Whaba, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for the Arab States
  • Sami Zemni, Professor of Political and Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa Research Group, Ghent University
  • Rabab Khairy, National Commission for Development Cooperation (CNCD) - Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa
  • Mia Doornaert, Journalist and former Adviser to the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs


For practical questions and requests for interviews with members of the panel, please contact:
Tina De Keyser: 02/501 80 95

For questions with respect to content, please contact:
Hans Joppen, Society-building Department: 02/501 88 18