About - What We Do
Build media platforms
We build media platforms to elevate the voices of those who need to be heard. We have two main platforms; The Arab Tyrant Manual studies global authoritarianism and the struggle for liberty, with a special focus on the Arab region. The upcoming Islam & Liberty deals with the clash between authoritarianism and liberty within Islam.
Work towards healing
We work towards healing. Trauma is a tragic and debilitating but extremely common outcome of human rights activism - or of just being being born in the MENA region. We're studying groundbreaking approaches to PTSD recovery such as psychedelic-assisted therapy, which could enable those suffering to come back stronger.
Carry out original research
We carry out original research on topics related to the future of liberty in Arab and Muslim communities. This includes activism, social movements, the Arab public sphere, democratization, governance, and reform. We also provide consultancy, research and training for several partners.
Unite our movement
Unite our movement. As a fellow Arab activist once said, there’s an army of Arab and Muslim voices for liberty and human rights, but they are isolated from each other and scattered around the world. Kawaakibi Foundation will work on uniting our movement through collaborations and events, and through working with partners from beyond the Arab region.
Organize activism campaigns
We organize activism campaigns. We are proud of our political analysis, but we’re activists at heart. Our team contributed to the #StopFII campaign which embarrassingly sank Mohammad bin Salman’s “Davos in the Desert”. We will only escalate from here on, with two major projects set to launch in 2019.
Support at-risk civil society
We support at-risk civil society activists. We are constantly identifying, monitoring, and reaching out to at-risk civil society activists to share our expertise, network, and resources. We want to scale this up and start to provide breakthrough financial support to key activists and groups.