We are a flexible organisation, meaning that we are a platform with experts that are almost all self-employed. Our board consists of 5 people and we have a supervisory board as well.
We do not have a central office so we have hardly any overhead costs. Other overhead costs (like our website) are paid with the fee of the members of the platform. Yearly budget around 50.000 euro.
We partner with other organisations for concrete projects. Main partners are AIESEC, OXFAM Novib and Pax.
We organise activities, we publish articles in mainstream media and on our website, and we offer our expertise as trainers or consultants to (local) government, businesses and civil society organisations.
We have a broad network and we partner with organisationsthat share our values of dialogue, ‘talking with’ (rather than ‘talking about’), being pro-active (rather than re-active), and connecting different sectors of society and building bridges between cultures.
The Greater Middle East Platform (GMOP) is a foundation that brings together a wide range of Dutch Middle East experts. It offers knowledge and expertise about the Middle East to the general public in the Netherlands, as well as to professionals and policy makers.
We are experts in a wide range of fields, and we see a painful lack of objectivity and understanding in Western discourse when it comes to the Arab world and Muslims. The Middle East and North Africa are Europe’s direct neighbours, and we share many concerns and challenges. We at the GMOP work towards neutralizing and humanizing the framing and perceptions of the MENA region, and to increase the level of knowledge in our country. We do this because we want our national policies, and the general interaction between our countries, to be based on knowledge and understanding rather than fear.
- We publish around 12 articles a year
- 2 expert meetings per year
- 3 events for the general public per year.
- conference about Youth in the Middle East, together with Oxfam
- podcast series on the Middle East (in Dutch)
We have a broad network and we partner with organisationsthat share our values of dialogue, ‘talking with’ (rather than ‘talking about’), being pro-active (rather than re-active), and connecting different sectors of society and building bridges between cultures. We also have a lot of expertise on different subjects (gender, law, financing, languages, religion etc). We can offer different speakers, trainers, consultants of networking events.
The Great Middle East Platform wants to work with other organisations that want to build bridges and foster good relationships with the MENA region.