iValues Digest
Earn your License to Drive Change in the MENA Region

Innovation

What comes to your mind when you read iValues: Rethink Politics in MENA? Keep in mind that this is where your role comes in. Think about it…

Is it threats against democracy? Gaps in the health and education systems? Possibly market and economic deficiencies? Or maybe threats against development? To you, it is perhaps all of them, or perhaps it is none. Regardless, now you need to leave the passenger seat, get behind the steering wheel and drive change.  Make the change you want to see in the MENA region!

 

The 5 Ws with Dirk Kunze, Regional Director, FNF MENA

 

Who?

FNF MENA is the platform for innovation and creative think-tank of liberal politics in the MENA region. With more than 100 years of training experience this universal organisation, established in Germany, has proven to be able to change lives for the better. Sometimes we fail – and if we fail, we get up. We learn. We get better and we try again. That is what progress looks like and many ideas seem impossible in the beginning, but with FNF and the support of all our partners, we can pursue those ideas to be realized or at least be brought to the places where change can happen.

What?

iValues is (in a nutshell) your license to drive change in the MENA region through #InnovatingPolitics. It is an extensive channel to think freely and to create. To question. To experience. To innovate. We cherish openness, new ideas and innovation. I am sure you have this one thought in the back of your mind. Challenge yourself. Let it out. iValues is the place for it.

Where?

From the region, for the region... We focus on the individual. There is so much potential in Algeria, in Egypt, in Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Palestine... Best if you are residing there, but also good, if you have roots there... Again: Challenge yourself.

When?

NOW.

Why?

Throughout the last years, the MENA Region has gone through a lot. The international community as well as very often the civil society is overwhelmed with the latest challenges and developments. Doing nothing will not be the answer. Institutions are important. But ideas are not bound by them. They float around everywhere. Be part of the development that you want to see.

 

About the Author

Dirk Kunze
Dirk Kunze holds a Master’s degree in political science from the Free University Berlin, Germany. He worked many years for the German Bundestag (Parliament) in Bonn and subsequently in Berlin. He also researched on and at parliaments worldwide and published on parliamentary traditions. From 2009 to 2012 he was seconded by the Parliamentary Group of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to Brussels, Belgium to liaise with the European Union. From 2012 to 2019 he lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon where he reviewed and communicated on current political developments in the MENA region. Since summer 2019 he heads the FNF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan.