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Some of the more established international nongovernmental youth organizations have a history of engagement with youth in the Middle East and North Africa. The development of civil society and, therefore, the proliferation of nongovernmental organizations engaging with young people are complicated by the democratic deficit or the absence of a democratic system of governance in many countries of the region.

NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa

Euro-Med Nongovernmental Platform

www.euromedplatform.org/spip/index.php?lang=fr&lang=en

In an effort to support the development of civil society in the region, the Euro- Med nongovernmental platform has been created It is a network of civil society networks in all relevant countries of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, in- cluding those specifically involved in the Euro-Med Youth Program.