The Arab Thought Forum (ATF) is committed to the belief that state structures must be developed to serve and be responsive to an active and critical public, which is conscious of its obligations and duties, as well as its rights and entitlements

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Civil Society Participation

This program aims to enhance and develop democratic awareness and practice in Palestinian society by providing forums for dialogue and discussions between and among citizens and decision-makers from all levels of society. To meet this objective, the Arab Thought Forum promotes and facilitates three different styles of meeting format, incorporating participation of the general public, intellectuals, local and national government officials and leaders of civil society organizations and institutions.


The Town Hall Meetings are designed for a broad sector of the Palestinian society and offer an open platform for citizens to express their concerns in a constructive and frank dialogue with their representative officials. The Town Hall Meetings include a system of reporting and following-up to assure that the issues of concern discussed at the meeting are further addressed by the relevant parties.

Public Debates  focus on special issues of concern to Palestinian society and call on relevant experts as well as responsible officials to present and discuss their views, provide information and respond to questions before public audiences. Recommendations emanating from the discussions at the Public Debates are disseminated to concerned parties. In addition, as part of the follow-up, issues of the public debates often become subjects for further research by the Arab Thought Forum.

Activists‘ Round Table Meetings  discussions invite participants with specific interest and/or expertise in a prioritized topic and facilitates in-depth discussions, the sharing of ideas and information, and the development of pertinent recommendations. After these meetings, position papers are developed and published in the ATF journal to reach a wider audience.


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