Founded by Hibaaq Osman in 2005, Karama is a regional NGO based in Cairo, Egypt. It works to defend women's rights, with a specific focus on inclusive peace building. Operating throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Karama comprises a strong network of women's rights NGOs. Partners are located in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Karama has affected advocacy, capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and policymaking at national, regional, and international levels during its ten years of operation.
In 2014 Karama established the Arab Regional Network for Women, Peace and Security (ARNWPS), comprising over 35 partner organisations from 14 different countries. By forming ARNWPS, Karama sought to concentrate its lobbying and capacity building efforts through more structured collaboration. At the same time it created a network of women peace activists that could eventually operate independently from Karama. To allow the network to move away from topical activism and work more towards sustainable results, Karama asked MDF Training & Consultancy to facilitate developing a Theory of Change for ARNWPS.
In a series of participatory workshops MDF Training & Consultancy guided the network members to develop a shared vision, pathway of change and strategy, based on a highly participatory process of actor, context and risk analyses. Face-to-face sessions in Cairo were alternated with multiple coaching sessions through Skype and email, enabling members from all 14 countries included in the network to participate.
The resulting Theory of Change has since been refined and used numerous times as the foundation of resource mobilisation for the network. Perhaps more importantly however, the process has taught members to utilise their experience in articulating how change happens, how to make use of the network's resources and work towards sustainable results.