Publications

Primarily due to its growing local network and research VA is well informed regarding Iranian civil society as well as civil society in other MENA countries. All our publications are downloadable and written in English.

Social Networking and Virtual Freedom of Association in Iran

Social Networking and Virtual Freedom of Association in Iran was conducted to explore the situation of virtual association and social networking in Iran.
It examines Iran’s digital climate, it’s cyber defense policies and political infighting over Iran’s cyberspace before concluding with a number of digital trends that can be observed.
The influence of social networking sites (SNSs) and messaging applications (MAs) with regard to Iranian civil activism and the usage of SNSs and MAs can also be found in the report, as well as the government attempts to control today’s usage. Finally the report analyzes how and why Iranian’s utilize digital circumvention tools.
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Digital (in)security in Iran

Digital (in)security in Iran was conducted to provide a deeper understanding of the difficult situation and constraints Iranian digital activists and civil society actors are faced with.
It presents the findings of a targeted and specially designed study for Iranian civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as social activists living and working in Iran.
The findings of this project identify the training, needs of CSOs and social activists in Iran, and the recommendations made are towards designing and compiling capacity building projects.
The Volunteer Activists Institute aspires to assist activists and CSOs in Iran by implementing plans for efficient capacity building, so that they can respond to the needs of their stakeholders, and contribute to the development and democratization of Iranian society and the Middle East region.
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Need and Capacity Assessment of Non-Governmental Organizations in Iran

Need and Capacity Assessment of Non-Governmental Organizations in Iran was conducted to illustrate the educational needs, current challenges and future struggles of NGOs in the context of Iranian society.
The research comprises two main components. The first section focuses on the educational needs, challenges and struggles of these NGOs.
The second section assesses the capacity and potential of these organizations in the following areas: organizational structure, management procedures, leadership and policy making strategies, human resources, financial management and mobilization of resources, systems and infrastructures, performance evaluation, monitoring strategies, and communication and external relations.
The main findings of this study identify areas in which NGOs need support, the major challenges and

problems they face, and the areas in which these NGOs need to build capacity.
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