DAAM observatory, the start of an ambitious project

Democratic Transition and Human Rights Support Center « DAAM » witnessed today the launching of “DAAM observatory” website ” (marsd.daamdth.org) which is considered among the center’s most important productions of in this period.

There are several factors that give the website its importance. First, this website is an initiative of DAAM within the framework of its project entitled “ Constitutional, policies, and legislative observatory” with the cooperation of “National Endowment for Democracy”, it was a challenge to present an added value to the project despite the limited financial and human resources dedicated for the project.

The second element is that this website is but a first step in the path of an ambitious project through which we plan to reach a unique product in the region where the space of interactive communication between the users and the institution is large.

On another level, the website in its advanced version, that we are working on developing, will be among the most important scientific tools for researchers, academia, and those who are interested in human rights and democratic transition in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt especially through the comparative option that allow users to visit more than one text in the website at the same time in a way that stimulate the horizontal approach of information in their minds.

The part dedicated to the “Openness Index “ is considered as one of the strengths of the website as this composite indicator would measure the level of openness of the government and institutions in a given country through individual questions that would be answered based websites, legislations, interviews and other sources of information. The “openness index” measures the way to accomplish the principles of openness in the state institutions. And since these institutions plays different role in the governing or decision making processes, the individual questions are adapted to fit each monitored institution.

It is important to indicate that the openness index project was inspired by  the Regional Openess Index used in the Balkans, including Bosnia and Herzegovina in which “Why Not” organization oversees the project and we communicated directly with this organization to launch this Indicator project in Tunisia. DAAM center also hopes that the work on the index in Tunisia will be a pilot experiment that will enable us to evaluate and modify it before expanding its scope to Egypt and Libya.

With launching “ DAAM observatory” website we would like to point out a set of details regarding the website and how interact with it.

First, it is important to point out that the collected materials are the first nucleus of a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of human rights and democratic transition in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, that we are dedicated to work on them with the thought of strengthening the required human and logistic resources in the near future due to the importance of the project and the great potential it requires to reach the level we aspire to.

We also draw the attention of users that, in parallel with the development of the website, we are currently working on completing the material on the jurisprudence of human rights and democratic transition, which we will allocate a special part of the website in the near future, considering the role played by these materials in mirroring the evolution of abuse of the judicial system related to human rights issues.

We would like to note that the center welcomes all remarks, suggestions, and ideas that may contribute in enhancing the level of the observatory so it can reach its expected objectives that would be a valuable addition to the scientific and academic field and one of civil society’s most important accomplishments.

We would like to thank all persons and institutions that contributed in this work which in fact they represent the real asset of DAAM center.

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