Bridging the Gulf-Foundation for Human Security in the Gulf region is a network of individuals from the region and professionals with expertise in the field of human rights, civil society and Middle East societies. Bridging the Gulf Foundation's program for the region is principally based on the concept of local ownership.
The work of the foundation covers the Arab peninsula countries Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman, while aspiring an extension of the program to Iraq and Yemen in the long term.
The GCC countries are comparable in many ways culturally and religiously. They also are facing similar forces of exposure to the international economic and legal environment. In addition to learning about the experiences of countries such as the Netherlands, where Bridging the Gulf-Foundation for Human Security in the Gulf region is based, or other European countries, this means promoting interaction among actors from different Gulf countries: people with different cultural background can learn a lot from each other in the frame of shared learning experiences.
Bridging the Gulf-Foundation for Human Security in the Gulf region is involved in the development and the empowerment of civil society at the GCC level, building bridges of understanding and cooperation at the regional level but also with Europe. Bridging the Gulf foundation is working cross sector with all kind of actors, whether human rights activists, human rights bodies, community leaders, governmental, non-governmental, organizational but also the private sector and other key actors. A community of dedicated individuals from the GCC or involved in the GCC area and interested to foster positive social change in a participatory manner for the best of local communities, ensuring local ownership of social change initiatives. Bridging the Gulf foundation's office is settled in The Hague in Holland as the foundation is a GCC/Dutch initiative but the majority of our network as well as our work is located in the GCC region.
Bridging the Gulf network is a community of men and women, community leaders, intellectuals, civil society activists, human rights activists who do not simply enjoy being part of the Bridging the Gulf foundation network but are willing to assume social responsibilities and to work hard in the development and implementation of projects at their local level. It is a unique network of dedicated individuals from the region working to see positive social, human rights change, and democracy rooted in their region as part of their shared common values.
Bridging the Gulf- Foundation for Human Security in the Gulf region, jointly and in close cooperation with local civil society members, activists, local and regional structures and non-governmental organizations (but also governmental and semi-governmental bodies) aims at promoting human rights, strengthening civil society and stimulating regional cooperation in the Gulf region through different projects designed for the local contexts as an answer to local needs, locally owned and implemented.
Bridging the Gulf foundation aims at contributing to advance positive human rights and social change processes in the Gulf by intensifying the dialogue with reform-oriented forces from the region through:
- Fostering, supporting and promoting local but also regional networks forming around major thematic issues as: democratization, human rights, agency and participation, women rights, bodily integrity, social corporate responsibility, the rights of migrants, freedom of opinion, expression and association, independence of the judiciary, rule of law and political rights;
- Fostering, supporting and promoting human rights education, awareness raising, and norm-setting programs with different sectors and actors (human rights institutes, activists, civil society protagonists, educational exchange programs, mass media etc);
- Fostering, supporting and promoting networks forming at civil society level from which an interactive share of information may arise related to burning issues for the region creating momentum for positive social change;
- Enhancing knowledge and understanding among civil society actors of international human rights norms and standards;
- Fostering human rights knowledge and education;
- Bridging and bonding within the regional level but also with Europe in the field of civil society building and empowerment learning from existing experiences and endeavors in the frame of shared experiences.