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
As a non-governmental and non-profit organization, ATF believes in the importance of securing a broad funding base in order to achieve greater financial security and maintain intellectual independence. ATF has a strong network of friendly and professional relationships and enjoys a high level of credibility. Since its establishment in 1977, ATF has cooperated with a number of local and international organizations in order to implement its programs. Support for both its capital funding and program-linked expenditures have come through grants from a variety of funding partners.
Currently ATF is implementing a comprehensive program on Democratic Development through several projects funded by Tamkeen, a civil society empowerment project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Recently five additional projects have received support, respectively from the Welfare Association Consortium, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the EC with the cooperation of UNDP. A joint project is also being implemented with Salzburg Seminar.