Capacity building primarily takes place through the Social Change Program, a 12 months capacity building program that relies on creating learning spaces, experience sharing spaces, as well as practical work.
The Social Change Program includes the following formal components:
Training modules: The training is divided in three modules:
Inter-regional and intersectional learning: Through the implementation and the facilitation of internships and mentorships between our participants and senior activists or specialists, from various regional countries and thematic experiences.
The Social Change Program also includes strong informal components that make it an exceptional program and have contributed to its great reputation. First of all, the program has accepted participants from 12 countries of the Arab world, bridging the gap between the different linguistic and historical margins of the region. Not to mention that training modules take place in several Arab countries.
Moreover, the program is entirely run and presented in the Arabic language, which on the subject of Gender & Sexuality represents a pioneer effort for both knowledge production and knowledge consumption in Arabic.
The Social Change Program also brings together a healthy combination of various forms of activism, experiences, and fields of focus.
Finally the duration of the program, the hybrid personal/virtual contact, and the collaborative nature of the program leads to genuine network building. Participants get the chance to meet each other, learn about each others’ work, build friendships and alliances, learn from each other, and benefit from each others’ experiences for additional support and learning. As a result alliances and long term collaborations take place beyond the scope of the Social Change Program.
Though it is difficult and consuming to maintain these additional components, AFE strongly believes that these are extremely important assets to the program and therefore we do our best to ensure their success.