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22 Dec 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility: the answer to WANA’s development prayers?

As the next round of development targets are agreed to we must ensure that partnerships with the private sector are designed to generate maximum impact for the social development issues that matter most. Over the past 15 years, the world has benchmarked its development progress against the United Na...
Author : Julia O'Brien
18 Dec 2014

Sunni and Shi’ites unite in their effort to denounce Daesh

In a recent visit to Italy, WANA Institute Chairman HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, responded to Pope Francis’ call for universal condemnation of violent extremism in the name of religion. In a declaration signed by religious leaders of varying faiths, the actions of so-called “Islamist” groups such...
03 Dec 2014

A leap of faith: Religious leaders involved in waging peace

Tensions have grown in recent months regarding the holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, home to the al-Aqsa mosque. The President and Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority have recently warned against the political conflict turning into widespread re...
Author : Naomi Johnstone
02 Dec 2014

Part 1: Everything you need to know about the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Part one of our three part series on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) enters its final stretch, concerned citizens wait to see whether the findings of the Open Working Group will translate into a set of Sustainable Development Goals that c...
Author : Dr Erica Harper
26 Nov 2014

How much water do we really use?

There is no shortage of data and analysis showing the world’s deteriorating water supply. What has been harder to measure, however, is the full and actual quantity of water currently being used at the individual, industry and country level. Water foot printing is a new methodology that exposes the t...
Author : Sebastian Klos
20 Nov 2014

Shock and recovery: Jerusalem, sanctuary for all

This article was first published in the Huffington Post on 14 November, 2014. What is to be done about Jerusalem? Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this region is witnessing new walls being constructed in vain attempts to contain problems between people. When will we realize that ...
Author : HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
16 Nov 2014

Politics versus policy

In recent months, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke of the need to redraw the Middle East, breaking up Western-created Arab states. His words reveal a trend in thinking on the West Asia-North Africa region; policy makers are trying to shrink their problems by shrinking nations and buildin...
Author : HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
10 Nov 2014

Why the rule of law is important for the WANA region

Whether you subscribe to the human rights or development theories, it is generally accepted that the rule of law is key to poverty reduction, economic growth and human security. But is what we’re doing aligned with the aim we wish to achieve? For the better part of the last three decades, the approa...
Author : Dr Erica Harper
02 Nov 2014

Women’s access to justice must be prioritised in the WANA region

The justice systems of many West Asia and North African countries do not afford equal opportunity andprotection to large segments of the femalepopulation. Such exclusion from the justice system has proven negative implications for economic growth, livelihoods, social equity and stability. So why is ...
Author : Dr Erica Harper
02 Nov 2014

The international criminal justice system is neglecting the WANA region

As decade upon decade of conflict and rights violations in the West Asia-North Africa region clock up to shameful levels, it is time for the international criminal justice community to turn their attention to this region and begin to hold the responsible parties accountable. In the West Asia-North A...
31 Oct 2014

Revisiting the “peace process”: Jordan-Israeli relations

This article first appeared in the Jerusalem Post on 30 Oct, 2014. Over the last year, we have heard much about the possibility of a long and just peace between Israel and Palestine.  By contrast, far from peace-building, the conversation surrounding the harrowing scenes we witness coming out of Gaz...
Author : HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal
16 Oct 2014

Why now is not the time for Kurdish independence from Iraq

The sensational power displays of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ (hereafter Daesh), epitomised by the undoing of the legacy of Sykes-Picot at the Iraq-Syria border earlier this summer, have made for sobering viewing and have cast further doubt on the fate of Iraq as a unified entity. Can, or in...
Author : Sean D. Thomas
04 Oct 2014

Water security in the WANA Region: a weapon of mass destruction?

Jordan’s water availability ranks among the lowest in the world. This leads to a severe overuse of Jordan’s renewable and fossil groundwater, exacerbated by inefficient and uncontrolled use of scarce water resources. Demographic expansion, migratory influxes and economic growth have increased water ...
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