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Past Events

30 Oct 2018

Arab Regional Conference on Population and Development

Civil Society team leader Mahmoud Nabulsi is participating in the Arab Regional Conference on Population and Development: Five Years after the 2013 Cairo Declaration in Beirut, Lebanon from 30 October until 1 November, 2018. The conference is hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Weste...
23 Oct 2018

KAS MENA Leadership Academy ll: Tunisia

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will attend the second training of the KAS MENA Leadership Academy II in Tunisia from 23 – 28 October. The training will strengthen the participants’ communication, negotiation, and strategic planning skills. The first training of the Academy took place in Mad...
30 Sep 2018

Youth and Local Government as Partners of Security

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will facilitate a workshop in Larnaca, Cyprus on 30 September, discussing security partnerships around the Mediterranean. The session is titled “Youth and Local Government as Partners of Security” and is the second meeting of a core group of senior experts for...
24 Sep 2018

Knowns and Unknowns: SDGs in Practical and NGOs Platform Establishment

Team leader and senior researcher Civil Society, Mahmoud Nabulsi, is attending an international workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) under the title "Knowns and Unknowns: SDGs in Practical and NGOs Platform Establishment." The workshop is organised by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFC...
27 Aug 2018

Stockholm World Water Week: Water Security in West Asia

Sustainable Development researcher Reem Alhaddadin will facilitate a panel on water security in West Asia at the Stockholm World Water Week on 27 August. She will discuss water quality, supply, and management in the Jordan Valley, and how it affects the agricultural sector. In her presentation, she ...
28 Jun 2018

Humanitarian Approaches to Support Jordan’s Sustainable Energy Vision

On 28 June, the WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA and NRC hosted a workshop to discuss the outcomes from the Green Affordable Homes project and the use of solar energy for al-Mafraq Hospital’s water heating system. The event was part of the Moving Energy Initiative and gathered members of the Ene...
27 Jun 2018

Improving Vital Services through Energy Cost-Savings for Municipal Buildings in Refugee Hosting Areas

The WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA and the NRC are hosting a high-level meeting with stakeholders from different governmental entities on 27 June, 2018. The meeting is part of the Moving Energy Initiative, and will discuss how significant cost-saving methods for public and community buildings ...
19 Jun 2018

Debating Security Plus 2018: Conflict, Competition and Cooperation in an Interconnected World

The WANA Institute is delighted to collaborate with Friends of Europe as a coalition partner for the 2018 edition of Debating Security Plus (DS+), a unique global online brainstorm that aims to yield concrete recommendations in the area of security and defence. Gathering several thousand participant...
14 May 2018

Enhancing Dialogue and Partnership between Academia and UNHCR on Regional Displacement Crises

On 14 May 2018, the WANA Institute is partnering with UNHCR in organising the second regional roundtable event on Enhancing Dialogue and Partnership between Academia and UNHCR on Regional Displacement Crises. The event is a follow-up of last year’s roundtable during which renowned professors discuss...
08 May 2018

5th Annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

Human researcher Barik Mhadeen will be participating in the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, cohosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Forum will confront the politics of peace by assessing how dif...
26 Apr 2018

From Global to Local: Debating Security Plus in the Jordanian Context

The WANA Institute organised a half-day workshop on 26 April, bringing together 15 national experts and policy-makers to discuss the outcomes of Friends of Europe’s fifth global online security brainstorm ‘Debating Security Plus (DS+).’ The participants refined two key recommendations to suit the Jo...
19 Apr 2018

Book Launch: A Region in Motion

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the WANA Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will launch their new book “A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa” on Thursday 19 April. The West Asia-North Africa region sits at a complex crossroads where the impacts...
15 Apr 2018

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's MENA Leadership Academy

WANA researcher Barik Mhadeen will be participating in the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's MENA Leadership Academy II. He is one of twenty-five selected participants from seven countries. The goal of the Academy is to strengthen organisational and functional capabilities of civil society organisations. T...
15 Apr 2018

Workshop: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Countering Extremist Narratives

Dr Neven Bondokji will participate in the workshop “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Countering Extremist Narratives Conducive to Terrorism in the East and Horn of Africa” in Cairo on 15 and 16 April. The event is organised by the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping a...
27 Mar 2018

Sustainable Development: Arab Preparatory Meeting

Sustainable Development researcher Reem AlHaddadin will be participating in the Arab Preparatory Meeting in Beirut on 27 and 28 March organised by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS). The Preparatory Meeting will review a...
19 Mar 2018

European Security Seminar – South: Demographic Change and the Youth in the MENA Region

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will participate in the European Security Seminar – South on Demographic Change and the Youth in the MENA Region from 19 – 23 March in Germany. The seminar will examine the implications of demographic change in the WANA region, where 60 per cent of the populat...
19 Feb 2018

Presentation: Development Priorities for Jordan

The WANA Institute will present its policy paper on development priorities for Jordan to government officials and donor agencies on 19 February. The meeting aims to find common ground between civil society organisations (CSOs), ministries, and donor agencies. The policy paper was produced as part of...
14 Feb 2018

Workshop: Civil Society's Role in Water-Related Development

On 14 February, WANA researcher Reem Alhaddadin will participate in a workshop on “Raising Awareness of Civil Society in Achieving Water Security and Water Goals within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The workshop is organised by the Regional Environmental Center as part of the WATER S...
13 Feb 2018

Roundtable: Role of Civil Society in Protecting Human Rights in Jordan

Jordanian think tanks and policy NGOs will discuss the role of civil society organisations in protecting human rights during a roundtable discussion hosted by the WANA Institute on 13 February. The roundtable event follows an earlier focus group discussion, which established the development prioriti...
30 Jan 2018

United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen was nominated by UNFPA Jordan to attend the 2018 United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 30 and 31 January. The theme will be the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient societies. Th...
25 Jan 2018

UN Inter-agency Consultation on Preventing Violent Extremism

Human Security researcher Alethea Osborne will be speaking at the UN inter-agency consultation on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), organised by the Regional United Nations Development Group for Arab States/Middle East and North Africa on 25 January 2018. The purpose of the consultation is to deve...
08 Jan 2018

Become A Climate Change Youth Ambassador!

Are you between the ages of 19 and 25? Do you live in Irbid, Zarqa, or Balqa? Take part in our competition and become one of our 30 climate change youth ambassadors! Simply send us a video or photo story detailing your innovative solution to an environmental problem caused by climate change in your ...
12 Dec 2017

Third Planetary Security Conference

Sustainable Development researcher Reem Alhaddadin will participate in the third Planetary Security Conference on 12 and 13 December in The Hague. The theme of this year's conference is "From Analysis to Action". The goal of the conference is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolida...
09 Dec 2017

Strengthening Think Tanks, Youth Initiatives and Civil Society Organisations

Over the next 7 months, 60 Jordanian Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), 5 policy NGOs and 5 think tanks will take part in the WANA Institute’s Civil Society project, funded by the European Union (EU). 60 selected CBOs, including 14 youth initiatives, will take part in a series of 7 workshops. The...
26 Nov 2017

Expert Meeting: CVE and Counter-Narratives in the Media

On 26 November 2017, the WANA Institute are gathering 40 international and local experts to discuss the role of media counter-narratives in countering violent extremism (CVE) in Jordan. The WANA Institute will present its research findings, which analyse examples of radicalisation counter-narratives...
24 Nov 2017

Youth-led Regional Advocacy Media Campaign on Youth and Peace in the Arab Region

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will participate in a regional meeting on “Good practices and lessons learnt - Shughel Shabab: Youth-led Regional Advocacy Media Campaign on Youth and Peace in the Arab Region” in Beirut from 24 - 25 November. The meeting is organised by UNESCO Beirut and UNDP...
21 Nov 2017

Interregional Youth Policy Forum

Civil Society team leader Mahmoud Nabulsi will attend the Interregional Youth Policy Forum from 21 - 23 November at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. The event is jointly organised by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Afri...
18 Nov 2017

Validation Consultation for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will participate in the "Validation Consultation for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security" in New York from 18 - 19 November. The Validation Consultation, co-organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the UNFPA/PBSO Secretariat, will be the fi...
14 Nov 2017

Consultation Workshop: Achieving Water and Food Security in Jordan

On 14 November 2017, the WANA Institute and the University of Oxford are conducting a consultation workshop on “Achieving Water and Food Security” as a follow-up to a recently published study. The research paper articulates potential improvements in agricultural water productivity levels in Jordan, ...
07 Nov 2017

World Science Forum 2017

For the first time in history, the World Science Forum will be held in Jordan. The event will take place from 7 - 11 November under the theme ‘Science for Peace’, and will bring together 3,000 of the world’s leading scientists, academics, decision makers and investors to redefine the global potentia...
19 Oct 2017

Panel Discussion: Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 - The Pathway from Policy to Practice

On 19 October 2017, the West Asia – North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are hosting a high-level panel discussion about Jordan’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The panellists will discuss the next steps forward after Jordan presented...
03 Oct 2017

Launch: Advocacy Strategy for Civil Society Organisations - Towards a Regulatory Reform

On 3 October, the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute will launch its Advocacy Strategy for Civil Society Organisations: Towards a Regulatory Reform. The event will be held under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, and bring together 50 ministers, government officials, diplomats, ...
28 Sep 2017

Expert Meeting: Scaling Up Sustainable Energy for Community Buildings in Refugee-Hosting Areas

On 28 September, the WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) are hosting an expert meeting of the Energy & Water Working Group of the Moving Energy Initiative in Amman. The experts will discuss how to upscale sustainable energy investments in community buildi...
26 Sep 2017

Debating Security Plus

The WANA Institute is partnering with Friends of Europe for the fifth edition of Debating Security Plus, a global online brainstorm from 26 to 28 September. WANA’s Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen will take part in the debate. The online event will gather several thousand experts from around ...
25 Sep 2017

International Conference: Youth Volunteering and Dialogue, Preventing Violent Extremism and Strengthening Social Inclusion

Human Security researcher Nadine Sayegh will participate in the second International Conference on “Youth Volunteering and Dialogue, Preventing Violent Extremism and Strengthening Social Inclusion” at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris from 25 to 27 September. Over 100 young volunteers from across the w...
18 Sep 2017

Half-day Roundtable on a Strengthened Civil Society Sector in Jordan

As a part of the Jordan’s Civil Society Initiative project, the WANA Institute is hosting a half-day roundtable on strengthening civil society organisations. The meeting will take place on 18 September at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman. Academics, policy-makers, and experts from think tanks a...
08 Aug 2017

National Workshop on “Capacity Building for Youth Participation in Public Policy and the Decision-Making Process”

The WANA Institute and ESCWA are jointly organising a workshop at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman from 8 to 10 August 2017 on “Enhancing the Capacities of Youth Participation in Public Life and in the Decision-Making Process”. Twenty-two selected Jordanian youth leaders will participate, repre...
09 Jul 2017

KAS Dialogue Programme on ‘Political and Civil Society Activism Among Jordanian and German Youth’

Human Security researcher Barik Mhadeen has been invited to take part in the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s seven-day dialogue programme on ‘Political and Civil Society Activism Among Jordanian and German Youth’ in Berlin, Germany. Together with nine other selected socially and politically active youth ...
19 Jun 2017

FES New York Summer Academy

Senior researcher Lara Nassar is one of twelve young policy makers, selected from a pool of candidates from 44 countries to take part in the FES New York Summer Academy in June. The policy makers are active in civil society, trade unions, think tanks or academia. Together, they will explore ways to ...
24 May 2017

Briefing on Regional Environmental Governance Charter

In an effort to stimulate further cooperation between International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Members in Jordan, the WANA Institute organised a morning briefing on May 24 at the Royal Scientific Society. The WANA Institute's sustainable development work was shared with the members and ...
23 May 2017

FES Regional Conference: The Future of Political Islam in a Turbulent Region

Senior researcher Dr Neven Bondokji spoke about political Islam in Jordan, providing an academic perspective on its current and future status, at a regional conference organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) on May 23. She noted that "the future of political Islam in Jordan depends on the ex...
18 May 2017

WANA Institute Participates in SDC's WASH and Construction Regional Workshop

Senior researcher Lara Nassar will address the potential for enhanced decoupling of water resources in Jordan at the WASH and Construction Regional Workshop organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Amman on May 18. She will discuss the research the WANA Institute conduc...
16 May 2017

Ministerial Strategy Recommendation Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 7

On May 16, the WANA Institute and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a Ministerial Strategy Recommendation Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy for All. The meeting brought together key stakeholders from several ministries and others in the energy field to di...
26 Apr 2017

Roundtable on Strengthening Dialogue and Partnership between Academic Institutions and Humanitarian Actors on the Regional Displacement Crisis in West Asia and North Africa

The WANA Institute, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hosted a roundtable event with a selected group of academics from the region on April 26 and 27, providing a platform for academia to frame their policies and programmes to address the displacement cri...
24 Apr 2017

Pathways towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Jordan and Beyond

On April 24, the West Asia - North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) brought together 50 key stakeholders from Jordan and the Arab region to share SDG implementation opportunities. The conference marked the beginning of a series of roundtable discussions to recommend ways fo...
18 Apr 2017

Launch: From Politics to Policy - Building Regional Resilience in West Asia and North Africa

Under the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, on behalf of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the WANA Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung were pleased to launch their new book on April 18. From Politics to Policy: Building Resilience in West Asia and North Africa is an anthology of res...
11 Apr 2017

Book Launch: Infatuated with Martyrdom

Senior researcher Dr Neven Bondokji moderated the discussion during the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s book launch of Infatuated with Martyrdom: Female Jihadism from Al-Qaeda to the ‘Islamic State' by Hassan Abu Hanieh and Dr Mohammad Abu Rumman. The commentators were H.E. Dr Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib, Membe...
09 Apr 2017

Lecture on Religion, Violence, and Radicalisation

On Sunday, April 9, senior researcher Dr Neven Bondokji gave a lecture on religion, violence, and radicalisation to students from Middlebury College (United States). The lecture addressed issues on exclusivist ideologies, religious social identity, and how these and related concepts have influenced ...
02 Apr 2017

Briefing on Drivers of Radicalisation in Jordan

The WANA Institute was honoured to welcome representatives from various Ministries of the Kingdom on April 2 to discuss recent research findings on drivers of radicalisation in Jordan based on focus group discussions in multiple governorates. The Countering Violent Extremism team facilitated interes...
07 Mar 2017

New Opportunities for Water Security in Jordan

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the WANA institute in partnership with the University of Oxford and Ecopeace shared their research findings for a project funded by the British Council in a closing workshop on Tuesday March 7. The project ‘Delivering Food and Water Security in ...
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