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17 Jul 2022

Natural Resource Governance in Light of the 2030 Agenda: The Case of Competition for Groundwater in Azraq, Jordan

This study analyses a complex social-ecological system (SES), the case of competition for groundwater in Azraq, in the light of the 2030 Agenda. Building on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (IAD) and the concept of Networks of Adjacent Action Situations (NAAS) it assess the compl...
Author : Ines Dombrowsky, Ramona Hägele, Lukas Behrenbeck, Thomas Bollwein, Mirjana Köder, Daniel Oberhauser, Ronja Schamberger, Majd Al-Naber, Marwan Al-Raggad, Elias Salameh
04 Jul 2022

Assessing the Job Creation Potential of the Social Economy in the MENA Region

The role of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) in the process of job creation and formalisation of the informal economy has been understudied. This policy study aims to examine the issue of widespread youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the mismatch between la...
Author : Philippe Adair; Vladimir Hlasny; Kareem Sharabi Rosshandler; Mariem Omrani
08 May 2022

A Decade of Hosting Syrian Refugees in Jordan - Lessons Learnt for Poland

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, approximately 6.5 million persons became internally displaced and over 4 million fled to neighbouring countries, predominantly to Poland. Given the country’s lack of experience in welcoming such a large number of refugees, the present article proposes a set of...
Author : Katarzyna Sidło and Marah Jamous
28 Mar 2022

Scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency for public facilities in a refugee-hosting country: The case of schools and hospitals in Jordan

This white paper demonstrates that a coordinated effort to take a people‐centred approach to retrofitting and solarizing public buildings can bring national wellbeing, humanitarian and economic gains. The findings and recommendations are the culmination of a series of inter-ministry discussions and ...
Author : Glada Lahn, Eng. Lama Gharaibeh, Dr Majd Al-Naber, Nour Al-Najjar, Reem AlHaddadin, and Dr Sahar Jreisat
24 Mar 2022

Jordanian Young Analysts: Refugees and Forced Migrants - Jordanian Youth Policy Perspectives

These policy papers are part of the project entitled «Jordan-EU Dialogue on Human Security Issues» implemented jointly by the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) and the Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung (KAS) – Jordan Office. The aim of the project is to raise awareness on the issues of importance and ...
01 Feb 2022

Bans, Restrictions, and Missed Opportunities in Jordan: 3D Printing and Drone Technology

This study seeks to estimate the opportunity lost to Jordan’s economy owing to the regulations governing two cross-cutting ICT technologies, commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and 3D printers. In an effort to assess how restricted access to new technologies – namely 3D printers and drones ...
24 Oct 2021

Women Working in the Agricultural Sector within the Northern Jordan Valley District: Realities and Challenges

The paper was designed to study the reality of women's work in the agricultural sector within Tabqat Fahl municipality, including: The nature and conditions of the work; the challenges facing women and how they affect them. Thus, it aimed to provide solutions and recommendations to decision makers f...
21 Oct 2021

Labour Market Inclusion of Persons with Mobility Disability, in Kasbat Irbid

Work is central to people’s well-being.  Due to the importance of work in improving the lives of persons with disability and its role in obtaining their rights to economic participation, achieving their independence, equal opportunities, and improving their lives and those of their families, which l...
20 Oct 2021

Women Working in Micro Enterprises in Kasbat Al-Mafraq: Reality and Challenges

This paper aimed to identify the reality of micro income-generation enterprises run by women in the Kasbat Al- Mafraq, by identifying the nature of the enterprises run by the women, and highlighting the difficulties faced by these women entrepreneurs, and then providing solutions and recommendations...
20 Oct 2021

Media Monitoring of the Rights of People with Disabilities in the Jordanian Official Newspapers

This paper aims to clarify the extent of the official written media commitment, especially Al-Rai newspaper and Al-Dustour, to tackle the 'rights' of persons with disabilities correctly based on the human rights approach. The paper also aims at shedding light on the extent to which media organisatio...
19 Oct 2021

Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the “livelihoods” of Syrian refugees in Jordan

Through the lens and voices of syrian refugees in Jordan, the policy brief highlights how covid19 affected their livelihoods, especially access to water (already scarce) & education, despite efforts to mitigate the impact. The brief provides recommendations to alleviate the conditions of the ref...
Author : Reem Alhaddadin
18 Oct 2021

Cyberbullying: Online Violence Against Women during COVID-19 Pandemic, in Irbid Governorate

This paper aims to shed light on cyberbullying practiced against women during the Covid-19 pandemic, through the social media platform Facebook. The research aimed to identify the methods of cyberbullying that were practiced against women; its causes, forms and effects during the pandemic, the paper...
06 Sep 2021

Tracing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Jordanian Civic Education Curriculum

This study aims to identify the extent to which the rights of persons with disability are included in the Jordanian curriculum, specifically the curriculum of national and civic education in the basic stage of grades 4-10 based on the Law No. 20 of 2017 on the Rights of Persons with Disability, whic...
Author : Hayat Al-Shoubaki
26 Aug 2021

From Refugee to Restaurateur: A Syrian Entrepreneur’s Route to Success in Jordan

Ten years have passed since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, and it “remains the world’s largest refugee crisis.” After a decade of continuously hosting Syrians in Jordan, today they form 10 per cent of the Jordanian population. Making Jordan the second host country of refugees per capita in the...
Author : Marah Jamous
15 Aug 2021

Stateless: A Refugee Success Story

This policy brief highlights the social, procedural, and financial difficulties facing refugees, especially Gazans in Jordan, through the story of the entrepreneur Mohammad. He is a Palestinian refugee living in the Gaza Camp who is directly affected by the lack of documentation.
Author : Samer Fakhoury
04 Jul 2021

The Story of a Soap

This policy brief sheds light on refugee entrepreneurship in Jordan inspired by a success story of a Syrian refugee entrepreneur. It provides an analysis of the context and challenges she faced on her way to entrepreneurship. The brief puts forward key policy-recommendations responding to these chal...
Author : Rawa'a Moumar
22 Jun 2021

Reflections on EU-Jordanian Cooperation: Towards Tertiary Economics

Experts and researchers have carefully processed and analysed the answers of the nearly 800 respondents of the EuroMeSCo Euromed Survey, launched in December 2020 coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process and ahead of the Joint Communication on a Renewed Partnership with the Sout...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
03 Jun 2021

Young Voices: Jordanian Youth in Public Policy-Making 2020

These policy papers are part of the project entitled "Jordan-EU Dialogue on Human Security Issues" implemented jointly by the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) and the Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung (KAS) – Jordan Office. The aim of the project is to raise awareness on the issues of importance and ...
07 Mar 2021

Best Practice Reflections on PVE in the Context of the National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 Comparative Study

The year 2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), which established a normative framework to ensure women’s needs, voices and perspectives are incorporated into peace-building and peace-keeping efforts.
20 Dec 2020

Pandemic and the Impact of Distance Learning Methods on Students with Visual and Auditory Disabilities: The Zarqa Governorate

In Jordan, emerging barriers to education and obstacles to learning facing students with disabilities, represented by access to fair and quality education, became evident in the transition to distance learning with the onset of the pandemic, and despite the existence of international agreements that...
20 Dec 2020

Better Accessibility to Public Infrastructure for Persons with Visual and Mobility Disability, in Kasbat Al-Zarqa

In Jordan, the number of individuals with a disability aged 5 years and over, reached (651,396). This paper aims to 1) study the accessibility to public infrastructure for persons with visual and mobility disability in Kasbat Zarqa, 2) study the role of the competent municipalities and directorates ...
20 Dec 2020

Public Transportation and its Impact on the Economic Participation of Women in Madaba Governorate

Efficient public transport empowers the population of a country. It is an essential part of their daily mobility, regardless of its social or economic purposes. The importance of the transport sector in the Jordanian economy is reflected by its percentage contribution to the gross domestic product (...
20 Dec 2020

Early Intervention Procedures for Persons with Visual and Mild Mental Impairments in Zarqa

Despite the great importance of early intervention programmes (a system of services to promote the development of children and support their families during their critical years) in the lives of persons with impairments and the impact of these programmes on their social, educational, practical and e...
17 Jun 2020

Call for Support for the People of Yemen

Lying at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Yemen, alongwith Mesopotamia and the Nile Valley, represents one of the core ancient civilizations around which the modern Middle East has been built. To the Ancient Greeks and Romans, it was Arabia Felix, Fortunate Arabia. Today, however,...
09 Jun 2020

Chronicling the Coronavirus: A Perspective on Kuwait’s Response

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute recorded a nation’s response as it told the story of COVID-19 in the State of Kuwait.  The WANA team put together a chronology of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolded in Kuwait. This document is accompanied by reflections that touches on qu...
Author : Kareem Al-Sharabi
07 Jun 2020

Policy Dynamics: A COVID-19 Perspective on Lebanon

The West-Asia North Africa (WANA) Institute documented a series of policy measures that were taken in response to COVID-19 in Lebanon. The WANA team explored the success, stringency, chronological patterns and future implications of these measures on the country. This document is an analytical read ...
Author : Barik Mhadeen
03 May 2020

Proclaiming the Levant: Exiting from a Region Marred with Bilateral Cooperation to Regional Dialogue Water Shortage, Turning Crisis into Opportunity

The West Asia – North Africa Institute undertook research into the shared water aquifers in the Levant region which have long been considered vital conduits to different parts of the world.  Treaties to manage transboundary water were signed, but coordinated management is still rare.  The analytical...
Author : Dr. Majd Al Naber, Reem Alhaddadin
09 Apr 2020

Chronicling the Coronavirus: A Perspective from Jordan

West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) has put together a working chronology of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as it has unfolded in Jordan. The journal-like texts have been accompanied by reflections that touch on questions of epidemiology as well as issues of governance and policymaking as...
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

On behalf of the MENA Civil Society Network for Displacement, WANA researched and wrote “Unity & Inclusion: Refugees and the Jordanian Host Community”. The report assesses to what extent refugees in Jordan are living in a state of ‘unity and inclusion’. Unity primarily concerns refugees’ ability...
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 Brief: 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 Brief: 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
01 Aug 2019

Human Security in Action

The concept of human security is considered pivotal for assuring the stability of societies and reinforcing them in the face of the various drivers of conflict. It addresses a wide spectrum of variables which could influence the wellbeing and stability of people.
Author : Barik Mhadeen, Lina AlHaj Ahmad
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
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