Mission and Approach

TIMEP is dedicated to centering localized perspectives in the policy discourse to foster accountable, transparent, and just societies in the Middle East and North Africa.

Through policy engagement, analysis, convenings, and technical support, TIMEP is:

  • Cultivating a space for solutions-oriented dialogue and scholarship
  • Fostering networks of fellows and partners
  • Activating a legal unit as an institutional line of defense to protect local stakeholders and the rule of law.

Theory of Change

It is our belief at TIMEP that local experts and advocates are the most well-positioned to understand developments, challenges, and opportunities on the ground. Their voices and experiences are instrumental in crafting solutions-oriented policy that responds to root causes–whether at the U.S., EU, or UN level, and ultimately in fostering accountable, transparent, and just societies in the Middle East and North Africa.

Despite this, we find that local experts and advocates are often sidelined; they suffer from resource challenges; they lack access to training and convening opportunities; and they are often cut-off from each other and the international community.

To disrupt these phenomena and to systematically center localized perspectives in the policy discourse and ensure that they reverberate, TIMEP is committed to doing three things. First, it is creating the space for their voices to be heard and engaged with–both online and offline. Second, it is fostering, supporting, and providing training for regional and thematic networks of fellows and partners, expanding their coordination, collaboration, and ultimately, reach. And third, it is engaging the legal community as an institutional line of defense to guarantee the protection of these local experts and advocates, as well as respect for the rule of law more broadly.