BMW Foundation World Responsible Leaders Forum

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World Responsible Leaders Forum
This yearly event brings together leaders from all over the world. It is directed at the some 2000 individuals who have participated in one of the BMW Foundation’s previous Young Leaders programs or other core formats of the BMW Foundation. Through leadership development programs, civil society actors can be empowered to become an active driver of inclusive economic growth and political stability. The BMW Foundation brings together leaders from across communities, cultu
res and countries to drive Social Innovation, promote Global Dialogue, and encourage Responsible Leadership. Their approach breaks down barriers between politics, business and civil society and allows society to benefit from the creativity and diversity that result from cross sector collaboration. MEF had the privilege of attending both the 5th and 7th World Responsible Leaders Forum.


Global Table – Tunis,  Tunisia  
September 29th, 2016 – October 2nd, 2016 
The BMW Foundation and MEF gathered leaders in business, politics, and civil society to discuss the topic, “Towards an Inclusive Vision for a New Social Contract”. The goal of this Global Table session was to identify new mechanisms for a good governance framework. The three main topics of focus were job creation, violent extremism, and transparency. 


Impact Session – Dar el Harka, Medina of Tunis 
May 26th, 2017
Impact Sessions are solution-oriented workshops geared towards tackling a specific challenge or issue among an organization. In this Impact Session, the BMW Foundation and MEF gathered various Tunisian co-working spaces together to discuss ways to create a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


Responsible Leaders MENA Forum - Casablanca, Morocco
September 11th-13th, 2017
Civil society still faces the challenge of developing a sustainable fundraising strategy enabling them to do long-term project planning without endangering their public credibility. Diversifying the nonprofit’s donor base and providing accessible information regarding funding can help these actors tackle bizarre assumptions and conspiracy theories regarding an alleged lack of independence. But even then, they continue to suffer the consequences of old-fashioned mechanisms of project-based funding that paradoxically hinders institution building. The question remains how to secure the financial sustainability of such organizations so that they do not end up compromising on their systemic contribution in order to accommodate the preferences of foreign donors.

For the Responsible Leaders MENA Forum, the BMW Foundation and MEF organized a forum on the topic of “Unlocking Knowledge Economies – Enabling Inclusive Societies”. During this forum, MEF's President, Mr. Kamel Lazaar moderated a panel entitled, “Existing Funding Mechanisms for NGOs in Transformation Countries: a Curse or a Blessing?” Mr. Lazaar discussed how NGOs operating in transformation countries can contribute immensely towards rethinking the social contract and identifying new mechanisms for civic participation. In addition, MEF’s Secretary General, Amel Karboul moderated a session “The Power of the Network: Building Connections to Make a Difference” where members of The BMW Foundation's  global network shared their personal stories on how cross-sector collaboration through the Responsible Leaders Network has resulted in social impact.