From 5 till 7 November the Future Leaders alumni meeting took place in Amman, Jordan. Starting in 2013, more than 80 participants from six MENA-countries have been part of the Future Leaders project. After 4 years of intensive capacity building trainings for young political activists it was time to evaluate the whole programme and to assess how the alumni have grown since their participation.
Selected by their organizations, 25 participants from Morocco (PSU and USFP), Tunisia (Ettakatol), Egypt (ESDP), Palestinian Territories (Fatah), Lebanon (PYO) and Jordan (Al Sindyan and JSDP) made their way to the Jordanian capital. Moderated by FMS coordinator Jaron Liplijn, the group first discussed what they learned during the trainings and how they have put this into practice. Afterwards, the participants were split in five group and had to make a SWOT-analysis about the strengths and weaknesses of the Future Leaders programme.
The afternoon started with a workshop about future prospects. Labour trainer Scarlett MccGwire asked the political activists about their hopes and ambitions. Interesting to see was that roughly half of the group would like to have a formal political position while others are more keen on training new members and developing their organization.
Labour Member of Parliament and Westminister Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Vice-Chair Rushanara Ali concluded and discussed with the participants how they can support each other and in what way European political parties and foundations can support their sister organizations in the MENA-region. She also motived the group to keep on striving for equality and democratic rule, even though prospects of the situation in their home countries might be gloomy.