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24 Feb 2020

Unlocking the Potential of Entrepreneurship in Creating Jobs for Youth in Jordan

This paper is part of a series of policy papers written by participants of the workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on Socio-Economic Reforms and the Impact of Regional Dynamics on Jordan” organised by the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Middle East and North Africa Program (DGAP) in the fall...
Author : Hadeel Qatamin
18 Feb 2020

Unity & Inclusion: Refugees and the Jordanian Host Community

Unity & Inclusion: Refugees and the Jordanian Host Community, a report authored by West Asia North Africa (WANA) Institute, on behalf of the MENA Civil Society Network for Displacement. This report assesses to what extent refugees in Jordan are living in a state of ‘unity and inclusion’. Unity p...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
28 Jan 2020

Water and Agriculture in Jordan: Understanding Current Water and Agricultural Priorities and Futures

This publication portrays key impediments hindering efforts to improve and sustain water and food security in Jordan, in which it builds on the dialogue between different water users and policy planners and makers on sustainable water use by understanding each other’s current water and agricultural ...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin, Dr. Michael Gilmont
19 Dec 2019

Policy Paper: Public Transportation Issues and their Impact on the Economic Participation of Women in Amman

This paper is part of a series titled “Towards Inclusive Participation of Vulnerable Women and People with Disabilities in the Social and Economic Life”. The project was implemented by the Social Justice pillar, the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) and supported by IM Swedish Development Part...
19 Dec 2019

Position Paper: Parental Leave in Jordan and its Impact on the Economic Integration of Women

This paper is part of a series titled “Towards Inclusive Participation of Vulnerable Women and People with Disabilities in the Social and Economic Life”. The project was implemented by the Social Justice pillar, the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) and supported by IM Swedish Development Part...
19 Dec 2019

Policy Paper: Improving the Accessibility of Voting Centres for the Visually Impaired Persons

This paper is part of a series of papers researched and authored by Research Trainees within a five-year project entitled “Towards Inclusive Participation of Vulnerable Women and People with Disabilities in the Social and Economic Life”. The project is implemented by the West Asia-North Africa Insti...
10 Dec 2019

Theory of Change: Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches in the Context of the Emerging Threat of Violent Radicalisation in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia

This Theory of Change concludes the project “Towards more effective human security approaches in the context of the emerging threat of violent extremism in Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.” Over three years, the project has examined the trilateral relation between human security, state security policies...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Barik Mhadeen
02 Dec 2019

End-of-Project Workshop Report: Towards more effective human security approaches

The West Asia North Africa Institute (WANA) hosted an end-of-project workshop to publicise the findings of the three-year long research project “Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches in the Context of the Emerging Threat of Violent Extremism in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia”. This end-of-p...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Barik Mhadeen
14 Nov 2019

White paper: Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches in the Context of the Emerging Threat of Violent Radicalisation in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia

This white paper, which is part of the project " Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches in the Context of the Emerging Threat of Violent Extremism in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia", discusses the role of preventing violent extremism programmes implemented in the West Asia-North Africa (WANA...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Barik Mhadeen
31 Oct 2019

Analysis: No Business as Usual in Syria

This paper discusses Syria’s economic future after surviving the Syrian conflict, and the available options for business people in Syria, especially in the shade of destruction across the country which resulted in considerable infrastructural damage and lost and disrupted livelihoods. In addition to...
Author : Alexander Decina, Katherine Nazemi
17 Oct 2019

Environmental Statistics & Locally Proposed Activities to Combat Climate Change: Infographic Brief

This booklet is part of a two year project that was implemented between the years 2017-2019 under the title “Enabling Communities for Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Understanding Gender Roles” with funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan. This infographic brief over...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin
22 Jul 2019

Rethinking the Concept of Human Security and Its Approaches to Preventing and Combating Violent Extremism in Tunisia

This country report reflects an examination of the data collected in Tunisia over 12-months. Initially, it grapples with some definitional issues pertaining to human security, outlining how the concept is well-present at the perception level, but absent at the procedural knowledge level. It also ext...
Author : Maher Zoghlemi and research assistant Helmi Toumi
08 Jul 2019

Manufacturing Employment in Jordan

Manufacturing activity is a strong indicator of a country’s economic development. While Jordan's agricultural activity is flourishing, its steadily-growing manufacturing sector continues to face challenges as it seeks to play a greater role in the kingdom’s economy. This report gives an overview of ...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
08 Jul 2019

The Battle of Ben Guerdane: Between Savagery and Resilience

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from field research conducted by the Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication in Ben Guerden, Tunisia. The brief discusses how locals in a marginalised border area in Tunisia tackle issues like violent extremism, the state of human securit...
Author : Maher Zoghlemi and research assistant Helmi Toumi
30 Jun 2019

Sectarian Politics, Human Security, and the Quest to Prevent Violent Extremism in Lebanon

This Country Report presents an examination of the attitudes and perceptions in six communities across Lebanon: Baalbek; Hay el Seloum; Saida; Tripoli; Zgharta and Kfarnabrakh. Specifically, it examines how Human Security is conceptualised in these communities and it captures the local variations in...
Author : Zeina El-Helou, Sami Zoughaib, May Tamim, Dr Neven Bondokji
27 Jun 2019

Syrian Refugees and Social Cohesion in Jordan: A Closer Look at Farming Communities in the Jordan Valley

Farming plays an instrumental role in Jordan's society, a field that has brought together Jordanian and Syrian workers. This report highlights Jordanian farmer views of their Syrian colleagues, the nature of social ties, and integration between them. The findings of this report are based on three fo...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
12 Jun 2019

Embracing Social Exclusion in Douar Hicher: Isolation and Code Words

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from field research conducted by the Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication in Dowar Hicher, Tunisia. The brief explores the relationship between human security programming, state-centric security policies, and PVE efforts there. It disc...
Author : Maher Zoghlemi and research assistant Helmi Toumi
03 Jun 2019

Towards Comprehensive Human Security in Tripoli

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from field research conducted by the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies in Tripoli, Lebanon. The brief explores the relationship between human security programming, state-centric security policies, and PVE efforts there. It discusses interesting fa...
Author : Barik Mhadeen, based on field research and summary findings by LCPS team
15 May 2019

Human Security: Localised Insights from Baalbek

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from field research conducted by the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies in Baalbek, Lebanon. The brief explores the relationship between human security programming, state-centric security policies, and PVE efforts there. It discusses interesting fa...
Author : Barik Mhadeen, based on field research and summary findings by LCPS team
01 May 2019

Determinants of Human Security and Hard Security in Ajloun

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from WANA Institute field research in Ajloun about the relation between human security, state-centric security policies, and efforts for preventing violent extremism. The brief offers unique insights into the perceptions of Ajloun residents of thes...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Barik Mhadeen, Lina AlHaj Ahmad
24 Apr 2019

A Read of Human and Population Security: Russeifa as a Case Study

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from WANA Institute field research in Russeifa. The brief offers unique insights into the perceptions of Russeifa residents of the relationship between human security, state security policies, and efforts aimed at preventing violent extremism. The ...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Lina AlHaj Ahmad
18 Apr 2019

Measuring the Impact of Refugee Labour Inclusion on the Host State Economy

This infographic brief contains the key takeaways from our research on Syrian refugee labour inclusion in Jordan. The research measures and tracks economic and social cohesion outcomes using quantitative and qualitative data collected over a 3-year period. The findings provide an objective starting ...
Author : WANA Institute, Mercy Corps
04 Apr 2019

Human Security in Tafileh: Trends and Perceptions

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from WANA Institute field research in Tafileh. The brief offers unique insights into the perceptions of Tafileh residents of the relationship between human security, state security policies, and efforts aimed at preventing violent extremism. The di...
Author : Barik Mhadeen, Dr Neven Bondokji
31 Mar 2019

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on the Jordanian Labour Market

This report — the second piece in a three-part study — reviews the body of research that has been conducted on Syrian participation in the labour market and assess the impact that the Syrian refugees had on the Jordanian labour market between 2012 and 2016.
Author : Dr Salem Ajluni, Dorsey Lockhart
31 Mar 2019

Investment and Employment Trends in Jordan's Key Economic Sectors

This publication provides policy-makers, donors, and other stakeholders with a relevant quantitative framework for understanding the relationship between investment and employment across key economic sectors in Jordan.
Author : Dr Salem Ajluni
31 Mar 2019

Executive Summary: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan and Its Impact on the Jordanian Economy

In late 2016 — just months after the signing of the Jordan Compact — the WANA Institute and Mercy Corps set out to measure the impact of Syrian labour on Jordan’s economy. This research initiative, which has spanned two years, has resulted in several publications. Notable highlights and key conclusi...
Author : Dorsey Lockhart
31 Mar 2019

Syrian Refugee Return: Implications for the Jordanian Host State

This report — the first in a series of three studies — includes initial viewpoints on how the return of Syrian refugees would impact Jordanian labour, employment, housing rents, consumption, and government spending. Drawing primarily on the first-hand accounts of community-based organisations in Amm...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
13 Mar 2019

Determinants of Human Security and State-Centric Security in Karak

This policy brief presents the preliminary findings from WANA Institute field research with around 80 participants in Karak. The brief offers a descriptive account of the attitudes towards and perceptions of Karak residents of the relationship between human security, state security policies, and eff...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Lina AlHaj Ahmad
31 Jan 2019

Managers’ Reflections on Sub-Sector Performance, Investment, Worker Profile, and Technology Trends

The signing of the Jordan Compact in February 2016 unleashed a wave of optimism that a larger workforce combined with improved trade access for industrial goods would ignite a surge in growth of Jordan’s manufacturing sector. Between 2010 and 2016, GDP from manufacturing in Jordan grew by 13 per cen...
Author : Dorsey Lockhart
27 Sep 2018

ANALYSIS: How Security and Diplomacy Intersect in Russia and Turkey’s Idlib Deal

By mid-September 2018, the Bashar al-Assad regime was poised to launch a military campaign on the last major opposition stronghold in Idlib, Syria. With considerable military buildup, it seemed that a wide-scale operation to retake the province—one that would have threatened the estimated 2.5 millio...
Author : Alexander Decina
09 Sep 2018

Reconceptualising Security: Why Now?

This paper seeks to examine the regional peace and security nexus, with a specific focus on youth. It argues that without human-centric security paradigms with youth at their core, the persistence of state-centric security paradigms will continue to flare anger, yielding further regional instability...
Author : Barik Mhadeen
09 Aug 2018

Syrian Refugee Labour Inclusion Policy In Jordan: Emerging Trends Two Years In

April 2018 marked two years of Jordan’s landmark decision to allow limited working rights to Syrian refugees. This report provides an overview of the progress that has been made, the challenges that remain and the strategies that have been put in place to speed up the pace of Syrian refugee worker i...
Author : Dorsey Lockhart
30 Apr 2018

Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan and Future Perspectives

This report provides an overview of Syrian refugee employment trends within Jordan and seeks to answer key questions related to the size and configuration of the Syrian labour force, the degree to which Syrians are employed in their preferred sector, the impact of unemployment and sector transfer on...
Author : Shaddin Alhajahmad, Dorsey Lockhart, Katrina Barker
18 Apr 2018

A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa

The West Asia-North Africa region sits at a complex crossroads where the impacts of chronic conflict, cultural fragmentation, and geopolitical interests collide. It is easy to think of the region’s future in pessimistic terms, yet while conflict and disaster provide a myriad of challenges, they also...
Author : WANA Institute
18 Apr 2018

A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa

The West Asia-North Africa region sits at a complex crossroads where the impacts of chronic conflict, cultural fragmentation, and geopolitical interests collide. It is easy to think of the region’s future in pessimistic terms, yet while conflict and disaster provide a myriad of challenges, they also...
Author : WANA Institute
18 Apr 2018

A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa

The West Asia-North Africa region sits at a complex crossroads where the impacts of chronic conflict, cultural fragmentation, and geopolitical interests collide. It is easy to think of the region’s future in pessimistic terms, yet while conflict and disaster provide a myriad of challenges, they also...
Author : WANA Institute
16 Apr 2018

Syrian Refugee Women and the Workforce

The employment of refugee women is a recurrent concern for international organisations and NGOs whose programmes provide protection and basic needs. Refugee women are commonly viewed as more vulnerable and at greater risk of poverty than their male counterparts. In the current context, many have sou...
Author : Dorsey Lockhart, Katrina Barker, Shaddin Alhajahmad
16 Apr 2018

Syrian Refugees and Social Cohesion in Jordan

As the Syrian civil war approaches its eighth year, in Jordan — where there are approximately 516,000 registered Syrians refugees living outside of the camps — observers are increasingly concerned with the relationship between these populations and host communities. Jordan’s February 2016 decision t...
Author : Dorsey Lockhart, Katrina Barker
12 Apr 2018

Role of Civil Society Organisations in Promoting Youth Participation in Policy Dialogue: Summary

The English version is a summary of the full-lenth publication in Arabic.
Author : WANA Institute
12 Apr 2018

The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Legislative Reform: Summary

The English version is a summary of the full-lenth publication in Arabic.
Author : WANA Institute
03 Apr 2018

The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Protecting Human Rights in Jordan: Summary

The English version is a summary of the full-length publication in Arabic.
Author : WANA Institute
03 Apr 2018

Development Priorities from the Perspective of CSOs, Donor Agencies and Government: Summary

The English version is a summary of the full-length publication in Arabic.
Author : WANA Institute
19 Mar 2018

Post-Daesh and Still Desperate: The Ongoing Drivers of Violent Extremism in Jordan, Tunisia, and Lebanon

Despite the military defeat of Daesh, many of the drivers which initially encouraged individuals to join a violent extremist group have not been addressed. Radicalisation does not occur in a vacuum and it has been increasingly shown that individuals adhere to violent extremist ideology because of co...
Author : Alethea Osborne, Dr Neven Bondokji
09 Jan 2018

Social Identity and Radicalisation: A Review of Key Concepts

The growth of violent extremist groups in the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) region has impelled academic and policy interest in radicalisation pathways and their drivers. But while radicalisation models usually incorporate identity-related factors, identity itself is rarely a central focus. To fil...
Author : Leen Aghabi, Kim Wilkinson, Dr Neven Bondokji, Alethea Osborne
25 Dec 2017

From Blades to Brains: A New Battleground

With the recent military defeat of Daesh, the group has lost grip on its Caliphate. What remains, however, is the ideological appeal of joining its cause. In this vein, Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism efforts must be reassessed and restructured to address needs related to countering the ideo...
Author : Nadine Sayegh, Barik Mhadeen, Dr Neven Bondokji
25 Dec 2017

Lessons from State-Sponsored Counter-Narrative Campaigns

Winning the ideological fight against violent extremist groups such as Daesh, requires building and developing counter-narratives capable of fighting an idea with an idea. Since the task of creating counter-narratives is broad, the state often leads the efforts. Therefore, it is beneficial to examin...
Author : Nadine Sayegh, Barik Mhadeen, Dr Neven Bondokji
19 Dec 2017

Engendering Extremism: Gender Equality and Radicalisation in the WANA Region

It has been suggested that 3,000 of the 20,000 foreign fighters who have travelled to join Daesh have been women, and while focus has primarily been upon those who came from the West, women from the WANA region were also drawn to the cause. A discussion about the relationship between gender and viol...
Author : Alethea Osborne
18 Dec 2017

Charter on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

This charter presents a grounding document for policy-makers, donors, and implementing partners working on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Jordan. Various stakeholders are already undertaking valuable P/CVE work in Jordan and this charter acknowledges the importance of that wo...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Alethea Osborne, Nadine Sayegh, Barik Mhadeen
17 Dec 2017

Statistics Brief: Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan

This statistics brief discusses Syrian refugee employment trends in Jordan based on a survey of 501 Syrian refugees across Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa carried out by market research firm IPSOS in August 2017. The survey was designed with the purpose of accurately reflecting the demographic breakd...
Author : Shaddin Alhajahmad, Dorsey Lockhart
27 Nov 2017

A Guidance Note for SDG Implementation in Jordan: Water, Energy, and Climate Change

Jordan faces dire environmental challenges. The country is ranked as having one of the lowest levels of water resource availability in the world. An already difficult situation is being exacerbated by a high influx of refugees and the impacts of climate change. In addition, Jordan is one of the few ...
Author : Lara Nassar
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