Formed in 2010, the Middle East Advocacy and Research Center (MARC) encourages and supports active civic participation through the promotion of transparency and accountability. The specific objectives of MARC include:

  • sensitizing individuals from various backgrounds on issues that directly affect them;
  • to create dialogue in rural areas between communities, utilizing a human rights based approach;
  • to support and establish independent citizen initiatives;
  • to advocate for socioeconomic and environmental alternatives to local, regional, and national level problems
  • to harness new forms of media to raise awareness about grassroots initiatives being implemented; and
  • to build capacity of civil society organizations.

MARC holds the following core values: 1) dialogue and awareness are essential for achieving coexistence and diversity within communities; and 2) freedom of expression, association, and belief are the foundations of vibrant and healthy society.


  • Dima Wehbi Senior Program Manager
  • Bachir Ayoub Senior Program Manager
More info
  • Lebanon, Furn al Chebak, Aramouni BLDG facing Pain D'or, 2nd floor - Left Beirut Lebanon
Area of Expertise

  • Access to information
  • Civil society participation in government processes
  • Human rights
  • Participatory budgeting
  • Transparency and accountability

For a list of the most recent MARC publications, click here.
Major Current Activities

  • Transparency Accountability and Budgeting (TAB) program: the vision of the TAB program is to become a regional hub for transparency and budget advocacy work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by collecting and exchanging best practices among civil society organizations in the region, conducting research, capacity building, and developing a TAB network.
  • Global Movement for Budget Transparency, Accountability, and Participation 2011