Name of organisation/institution

MENARA Foundation

Email of your focal point

Website URL


Organization details

Civil Society Organization

Description of your organisation/institution

Middle East and North Africa Research Associates (MENARA) is a think tank that focuses on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a special emphasis on Yemen.

MENARA is dedicated to producing and transferring knowledge across cultures, shedding light on pressing international issues, and co-creating collaborative solutions and research with social impact regarding Yemen and the broader MENA region. It aims to bridge the gap between the global North and South by promoting dialogue and understanding among academics, researchers, civil society organizations, policymakers, activists, grassroots practitioners, and all those interested in global peace and dialogue. MENARA is committed to influencing worldwide policy and practice through an emphasis on constructive practical engagement, social responsibility, civil society diplomacy, multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, and critical scholarship.

Description of your main WPS related activities

- Collaborative research and knowledge production with social impact from a gender transformative approaches and transnational justice related to the WPS agenda - Dissemination of research results and organizing WPS related events - Raising awareness and building capacity in issues related to the WPS agenda - Gender sensitive assessments of the situation with regard to issues related to the WPS agenda - Monitoring and evaluation of the WPS projects - Policy analysis and providing advice and recommendations to policymakers in the field of WPS - Networking and supporting local, national and international organizations in relation to the WPS agenda - Advocating for women's empowerment, participation and social justice in the field of WPS

Strategic outcome

1. Participation - More women hold leadership positions, and women participate equally and meaningfully in decision-making processes at every level in the interests of peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protec, 2. Prevention - Conflict prevention and the prevention of violent extremism, including of related violence against women and girls, is based on the human rights approach and starts from the principle of human security. Prevention policy and its implementa, 3. Protection - Women and girls, as well as men and boys, in and from conflict situations, are protected against all forms of conflict-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. Their rights are safeguarded and enforceable, 4. Relief, reconstruction and recovery - Meet the needs and contribute to the empowerment of women and girls, 5. WPS Mainstreaming - A gender lens is applied to every reorganisation, improvement, development and evaluation of analysis, policy and policy implementation with regard to peace and security

Sub-outcome 1

1.1 Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation of women and girls, 1.2 Support for meaningful participation women- and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders who work on women’s rights and gender equality , 1.3 Peace processes and peace declarations are inclusive and bottom up

Sub-outcome 2

2.1 Local, multi-dimensional peaceful conflict prevention is given priority , 2.2 Countering radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism policies respect operational space of women’s organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders

Sub-outcome 3

3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems, 3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted, 3.4 Gender sensitive, -responsive, -transformative asylum policy

Sub-outcome 4

4.1 Improved physical, mental, psycho-social health of women and girls, 4.2 Improved socio-economic position women and girls, 4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict- and gender -networks sensitive and - responsive; main role for local women’s organisations and

Sub-outcome 5

5.1 Peace and security personnel gender aware; applies gender lens, 5.2 Gender responsive budgetting endeavoured, 5.3 Organisations have positive gender norms; specific focus on role men and boys, 5.4 Improved coordination of actors in peace and security

What type of investments will you make to contribute to the selected outcome(s)?

Policy, Advocacy, Programmatic


Yemen/the Middle East and the diaspora.

What is the time frame for your pledged outcome(s) and investment(s)

5 years - 2025