The Civil Society supports the training of employees who work with the civil society organizations, charities within the specialized fields as well as local councils. Through a number of certified international programs, WATAN works on building capacities and supports these programs to provide high standards of humanitarian respond by using the limited human powers and the financial resources available in a professional method.

Program Mission

The program is designed to support civil society organizations and initiatives by providing professional supporting programs, capacity building and coordination to build a strong civil society can respond effectively and efficiently to humanitarian and development needs.

Areas of Expertise:

1. Institutional Support:

Providing services to local civil society organizations including incubation, counselling, advocacy and financial support to enable civil society to occupy its natural place in community building.

2. Capacity building:

Capacity-building of local organizations and their staff in various areas through training and other available methods to support their progress and sustainability towards individual and common goals

3. Coordination:

Facilitate communication to support coordination between local civil society organizations and exchange of information at operational and administrative levels.

WATAN Program History

Since its establishment in 2011, WATAN has focused on training and qualifying civil society organizations' worker in various fields of community work and philanthropy in specialized fields.

At the first conference, hosted in December 2011, there were 250 WATAN members, who met to work on the organization's foundation. The convention had guests and keynote speakers, and honored guests. A total of 12 workshops were conducted with the aim of formulating the WATAN Strategy, as well as building the capacity of participants to play their roles. The Convention was covered by several media channels, including the BBC. Since then, the Convention has been operating annually.

The Civil Society Support Program aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations and local councils through a set of approved international programs designed to meet the training and development needs to enable these institutions to provide the best humanitarian services at the highest standards and professionalism by making maximum use of human and financial resources. In 2013, the first capacity-building workshop for civil society leaders was held, and in 2016, the program expanded into a comprehensive program to address many areas, including advocacy and proposal writing.

WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators

The emergency response component of the civil society program aims to train partner organizations to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies occur, members can provide critical support to the first responder, provide immediate assistance and organize volunteers at the disaster site.

WATAN aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to help build disaster preparedness and provide basic emergency skills by preparing neighbourhoods and community-based organizations to reduce the impact of the disaster and help save lives.

The program works to institutionalize civil society organizations and enable them to make use of the resources available to build a sustainable impact by providing programs that contribute to the upgrading of administrative and technical capacities as well as the development of humanitarian actors in humanitarian and relief fields. The program also helps organizations to develop their organizational structure, strategies and management and supports the decision-making process through direct training or by means of conveying different experiences through

1. Building leadership.

2. Advocacy.

3. Coordination and networking.

4. Capacity building.

5. Consulting.

Civil Society Program in WATAN:

• Integrates with other programs.

• Has strong relationships with the community-based community network.

• Has large geographical coverage.

WATAN projects

• emergency response training

• Civil Society Support

• Co-ordination Initiative