Muwatin, The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, was founded in January 1992 to promote the study and development of democracy in Palestine and in the region. Muwatin was established at a critical juncture when, for the first time in their history, Palestinians were able to govern themselves while seeking to establish an independent and sovereign state. Muwatin is committed to playing a clear and effective role in the process of democratic transformation in Palestine. It is governed by an independent Board of Trustees and is based in Ramallah, Palestine.
Founded by a group of scholars and academics, Muwatin, whose main focus is on issues of democracy, is the first of its kind in the area. Working to contribute to the process of democratic transformation in Palestinian society in particular and in Arab society in general, Muwatin seeks to achieve its aims through networking and activism, research and publication, preparation of educational material and its dissemination to schools and the general public, training workshops, symposia, seminars, and conferences. Through such activities and venues, it raises critical issues of relevance to its objectives, linking with Arab and international organizations.