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Debate to Action: Communication and Advocacy Training (Amman, 13-19 February 2016)

Debating with the Elders

The first “Debate to Action” regional communication and advocacy training will take place in Amman from February 2016, 13th (arrival) to 19th (departure).

Hosted at the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), the “Debate to Action” training is co-organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation and Common Purpose International in partnership with the British Council, Club de Madrid and the Euro-Med Media Network. The training aims to support established youth leaders in transforming their issue-based debate to action, with a focus on engagement with mainstream media and policy advocacy with decision-makers. The training will also focus on developing action-orientated initiatives around common challenge: “How can we make a step change in the ability of young leaders to get their messages across?”

This call for expression of interest is being launched in association with Young Arab Voices (YAV), the flags-ship debate programme co-created by the Anna Lindh Foundation and British Council in 2011. The call targets YAV alumni from the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Palestine, and follows the established alumni criteria:

Age: The nominated individual should be between 18 and 30 years old.

Gender sensitively: Gender balance will be ensured.

Experience and capacity:

  • Demonstrated capacity for networking and communication (including affiliations to associations, international networks, and capacity for new media outreach);
  • Proven communication skills and experience in advocating;
  • Graduation from a YAV debate Programme is an asset;
  • Additional experience and roles within the YAV programme are considered an asset (Trainer, debate hub coordinator, national manager, YAV tournament winner);
  • Demonstrated capacity and interest to promote the values and contents of debating
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity in the field of social development and youth participation, with experience in community, grass-root engagement an asset;
  • Knowledge of the socio-political environment at a country and regional level.
  • Participants should be competent in “Euro-Med” working languages (Arabic, English, French), with English considered as an asset.

Country: The nominated individual should be from one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Palestine


Candidates interested in the training should send their CV and motivation letter to  before Thursday 21 January 2016, 10 pm Egypt Time

A jury composed of representatives of the principal institutional partners will review the applications and make a final selection of trainees. Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted.