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.


We collaborate on projects that further the causes of liberty and human rights all over the world, with a special focus on Arab and Muslim communities.

Some collaborations happen in public, and some secretly for the security of those involved. We are always eager to partner with activists and organisations who share our goals.

Please get in touch with us directly if you can help us, if you need our help, or both.