• BFD receives a delegation from the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue

    Manama – Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue:

    Mr. Suhail Bin Ghazi Algosaibi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, received a delegation from the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.

    The delegation included Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Albediwi, who manages the Center in the Eastern Province and Mr. Yousef Saad Aldukhiel, who is in charge of the Department of Program Development. Mr. Abbas Hamada, the executive secretary also attended the meeting.

    After welcoming the delegation, Mr. Algosaibi overviewed the activities and programs of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue and presented its future challenges and plans.

    He briefed the visiting delegation on the 18-month training program launched by the Foundation in cooperation with Search for Common Ground to train a number of Bahrainis in inculcating a culture of peace and dialogue.

    Dr. Khalid Albediwi introduced the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue and its objectives. He also outlined the missions the Center undertakes to develop a culture of coexistence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He went on detailing “Naseej”, the latest program launched by the Center aimed at enhancing the culture of coexistence through community-based initiatives.

    The two parties have agreed in principle to consolidate the cooperation between Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue and the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. This agreement includes exchanging the experiments and experiences to achieve the common objectives.

  • BFD, in cooperation with SFCG, trains 20 Bahraini trainers on dialogue facilitation

    Manama – Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue:

    The second session of ‘Train the Trainers’ course, organized by the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), was concluded on Saturday, 18th March 2017.

    The four-day session, which focused on facilitating the community dialogue, was presented by Mr. Shoqi Maktari, the international trainer and the head of SFCG’s Yemen Office. Twenty Bahraini male and female trainers attended the session.

    The second session was intended for the trainers who had successfully completed the first one titled “Designing the process of community dialogue.”

    Mr. Maktari emphasized that dialogue facilitation is an integral part of the process of designing the dialogue. He pointed out that the role of the facilitator is very important and sensitive, and becomes relevant mainly during the dialogue session, while the designer’s role begins before the dialogue and continues throughout its course. Moreover, it is the designer who selects the facilitator.

    At the end of the program, Mr. Suhail bin Ghazi Algosaibi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, expressed his thanks and appreciation to Mr. Shoqi Maktari for his efforts in training the Bahraini trainers at the first and second training sessions. He also thanked the Bahraini trainers who participated in the session for their diligence and perseverance.

    The training course focuses on developing young potential to support and maintain civil dialogue to make national initiatives more effective.

    The third and final session of the training program will be held later this year.

  • Launch of the Peace Enhancement Training Program

    Manama – Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue – BFD:

    The first phase of the joint training program organized by Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue was launched last Friday, in partnership with the organization of Search for Common Ground.

    This training course consists of three parts; each course lasts 4 training days, presented by Search for Common Ground designated training experts. 20 male and female Bahraini trainers are registered as part of this ambitious program.

    At the start of the program, Mr. Amin Al Arrayed, Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue expressed his pleasure with the high number of applicants that had registered to participate in the program, remarking: “the program is in line with the principles and objectives of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, and is considered one our most important projects.”

    Al Arrayed added: “we aim to highlight the values of social peace and civil dialogue in Bahraini society”, noting that Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue is committed to supporting and improving communication between the different segments of society in a bid to foster respect and understanding. He further commented: “working on enhancing civil dialogue and participation improves and develops social bonds and contributes to building a coherent and constructive social and civil system, and will undoubtedly improve the prospects of peace and coexistence.”

    Al Arrayed confirmed that “Youth are the key factor in this process, their active involvement should lead to enhanced social initiatives, spread of civil culture and humanitarian values.”

    The first training period commenced under the title: “designing civil dialogue”, presented by International trainer Shoqi Maktary, Search for Common Ground Yemen office Manager. Maktary discussed the program’s objectives and criteria, and introduced civil dialogue as a gathering of participants of various backgrounds, enabling information and perspective exchange, and developing solutions for crucial issues from different societies.

    The first training course is expected to end on Monday, while the second is to follow on Wednesday evening until 18th of March.

    Bahrain foundation of Dialogue announced earlier signing an agreement with Search for Common Ground on the launch of this program. It is anticipated to extend over 18 months, and tackle civil dialogue designing and planning, fundamentals of peace and dialogue, with an outcome of qualified and proactive Bahraini youth, in addition to a number of civil dialogue experts.

  • BFD Hosting the UN Refugee Agency’s Regional Office Delegation

    Manama – Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue

    The Chairman of the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue Mr. Suhail Algosaibi welcomed Mr. Khaled Khalifa, the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the GCC countries, accompanied by Mrs. Amal Alamri the Associate Private Sector Partnerships Officer. The meeting held last Sunday was also attended by Mr. Abbas Hamada, the Executive Secretary of the Foundation.

    Mr. Algosaibi explained the Foundation’s activities, principles, objectives and future plans with the visiting Delegation, assuring that the Foundation aspires to see Bahrain as a role model of coexistence to be looked up to.

    On the other hand, the Delegation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) presented a brief summary about the Agency, its objectives, achievements and scope of work. The Delegation also discussed the refugees and immigrants situation in the Arab Region, where 39% of the international immigration movement takes place. The Agency’s efforts in aiding these immigrants were then displayed in gratitude to the efforts of the GCC countries’ in providing the immigrants’ basic needs.

    Finally, the Delegation expressed their admiration of the principles adopted by the Bahrain Foundation for Dialogue, and extended their utmost support to the Foundation’s major endeavors in holding a considerable number of qualitative events in this regard, hoping to share this experience with other countries.

    The two parties further assured their readiness for mutual cooperation in relative issues.