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30 Nov 2020

Roundtable - Jordan-EU Dialogue on Human Security Issues

AMMAN- JORDAN, The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) hosted an interactive roundtable on “Jordan-EU Dialogue on Human Security Issues” on 30 November in Amman. Academic experts, civil society actors, and government representatives participated...
22 Jul 2020

The Role of the Family and the Media in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan, and in collaboration with the implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its fifth  “Diwaneyeh”, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, titled: “The Role of the Family and the Media In Combating Extremist Ideology” as part of the...
15 Jul 2020

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan , and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its Fourth virtual panel discussion (Diwaniya) on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, titled: “THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN COMBATING EXTREMI...
24 Jun 2020

The Impact of Violence on Social Cohesion and Peace

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan , and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its third virtual panel discussion (Diwaneyeh) on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, titled: “The impact of violence on social cohesion and peace” as part...
10 Jun 2020

The Role of Moderate Religious Discourse in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan and Lebanon, and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its second virtual panel discussion (Diwaneyeh) on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, titled: “The Role of Moderate Religious Discourse in Comb...
21 May 2020

The Role of Youth in Countering Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan, and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its first virtual seminar (Diwaneyeh) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, as part of the network’s newly launched series of virtual seminars: “Diwaneyat” i...
22 Dec 2019

Press conference to launch policy papers on the inclusive participation of vulnerable women and people with disabilities in social and economic life

Today, the West Asia and North Africa Institute (WANA) held a press conference to launch three policy papers within the project "Towards Inclusive Participation of Vulnerable Women and People with Disabilities in Social and Economic Life" in partnership with IMIVIDUELL MÄNNISKOHJÄLP (IM). This proje...
08 Dec 2019

Contribute to Encouraging Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Adoption between Jordan and Taiwan

The West Asia and North Africa (WANA) Institute and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Jordan are hosting an end-of-project conference to share Taiwan’s environmental excellence.  The project “Contribute to Encouraging Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Adoption between Jordan and Taiwan”...
17 Nov 2019

End of project workshop: Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches

A recent research project by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute provides insight into Human Security (HS) approaches that empower community stakeholders to participate in and contribute to security dynamics. How improved HS programming can address the drivers of violent extremism? How state...
17 Apr 2019

Measuring the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Economy

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and Mercy Corps held a high-level panel discussion on Wednesday to highlight their recent research findings on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the Jordanian economy. The panel consisted of Reem Goussous, Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan; Lai...
13 Mar 2019

Reducing the Costs of Aid Operations through Cleaner Energy

The Working Group on Energy and Water of the Moving Energy Initiative held its closing workshop on 13 March in Amman. Over the past two years, the Working Group has brought together government, humanitarian, NGO, and business actors in Jordan in support of the energy priorities of the Jordan Respons...
07 Feb 2019

Sustaining Peace in the WANA Region

In partnership with the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation hosted an interactive workshop on Sustaining Peace in the WANA Region on 6 and 7 February in Amman. Academic experts, UN staff, civil society actors, and government representatives participated in the di...
17 Oct 2018

Jordanian Minister for Labour HE Samir Murad Speaks at Wilton Park Event on Youth Unemployment in the Levant alongside Young Jordanian Entrepreneurs

Wilton Park, with the support of the WANA Institute, has gathered 50 experts from 13 countries in Jordan from 16 to 18 October to address the employment challenges currently facing young people in the Levant region. The region has the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, standing in Jordan,...
19 Sep 2018

Documentary Shows Al-Karamah’s Struggles with Water and Energy

While Al-Karamah used to be called ‘Alabar’ (the wells), the inhabitants face severe water shortages today. A new documentary by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) depicts the daily struggles of local families with water, electricity, and other issues....
10 Sep 2018

WANA Region Needs Youth-Focused Human Security Approach

According to the latest Global Peace Index GPI 2018, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) region is less peaceful today than at any time in the past decade. In a recent publication, the WANA Institute argues that introducing a youth-focused human security approach can help tackle the region’s security ...
12 Aug 2018

Improved Human Security Measures to Counter Violent Extremism in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 20 stakeholders from Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia in Amman today to discuss its preliminary research findings emerging from a regional research project titled “Towards more effective human security approaches in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.” Huma...
08 Jul 2018

Local Communities in Jordan Train for Climate Change Adaptation

30 climate change youth ambassadors and 30 community-based organisations (CBOs) from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa participated in a capacity-building session on climate change theory and science in Amman over the weekend. It was the first of five workshops organised by the West Asia–North Africa (WANA) In...
28 Jun 2018

Reducing Social Pressures through Energy Cost-Savings and Renewable Energy Investments

How can Jordan scale up the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in line with the Jordan Response Plan and Jordan’s Economic Growth Plan? The WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA, and the NRC hosted two workshops as part of the Moving Energy Initiative. The roundtable meeting on 27...
06 May 2018

Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan

A recent publication by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute provides insight into Syrian refugee employment trends in Jordan. Are Syrians employed in their preferred sector? Can the labour market absorb all Syrian workers? And how do Syrian workers feel about a potential return to post-confl...
26 Apr 2018

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

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and Friends of Europe gathered 15 national experts and policy-makers on Thursday to discuss how to localise Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) efforts. Participants debated on how to implement community-driven P/CVE projects and design counter...
23 Apr 2018

CBOs Meet with Potential Donors during Civil Society Project's Final Workshop

On 23 April, 22 Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) completed their series of capacity-building workshops as part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) civil society project carried out by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute. During the final workshop on 22 and 23 April, potent...
19 Apr 2018

WANA – FES Book Launch: A Region in Motion

Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) launched their new book “A Region in Motion: Reflections from West Asia-North Africa” on Thursday. The book is an anthology of research conducted by the WANA Institut...
15 Apr 2018

Project to Strengthen Jordanian Civil Society Comes to a Close

On 15 April, 80 Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), youth initiatives and policy think tanks gathered for the closing ceremony of the European Union funded Civil Society Project carried out by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute in cooperation with the National Center for Human Rights. The...
19 Mar 2018

Post-Daesh and Still Desperate

Despite Daesh’s military defeat, many of the drivers that encouraged individuals to join the violent extremist group have not been addressed. According to a recent West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute report, violent extremist groups are adjusting their recruitment techniques accordingly. While m...
19 Feb 2018

Donors, Government, Civil Society Discuss Development Priorities for Jordan

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute presented its policy paper on development priorities for Jordan to government officials and donor agencies on 19 February. The meeting aimed to find common ground between civil society organisations (CSOs), ministries, and donor agencies. The policy paper ...
18 Feb 2018

WANA Searches Climate Change Youth Ambassadors

The West Asia–North Africa (WANA) Institute is launching a contest in search of climate change youth ambassadors from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa. Youth from Irbid, Zarqa and Balqa between the ages of 19 and 25 are invited to submit a video or photo story explaining their original solution to a water, en...
13 Feb 2018

Jordanian Think Tanks Discuss the Role of Civil Society in Protecting Human Rights in Jordan

Jordanian think tanks and policy NGOs discussed the role of civil society organisations in protecting human rights during a roundtable discussion hosted by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute on 13 February. The roundtable discussion highlighted the need to assure that Jordanian laws and reg...
20 Dec 2017

Women’s Role in Countering Violent Extremism

An estimated 3,000 of the 20,000 foreign fighters who joined Daesh were women. While the focus has primarily been on Western cases, women from the West Asia – North Africa region were also drawn to the cause. A recent study by the WANA Institute analyses how women are affected by violent extremist o...
10 Dec 2017

Jordanian Civil Society as an Impactful Development Stakeholder

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). The first capacity building workshops took place in Aqaba on 9 and 10 December. The project “Str...
26 Nov 2017

Media Narratives Countering Violent Extremism

On 26 November 2017, the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 40 international and local experts to discuss the role of media narratives in countering violent extremism (CVE) in Jordan. The WANA Institute shared its research findings, which analysed examples of radicalisation counter-n...
12 Nov 2017

Towards a Unified Human Security and P/CVE Method in Jordan

A recent study by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute shows that more efforts are needed to unite human security and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) methods in Jordan. The research argues that P/CVE should be understood as a pillar of human security, as opposed to as an iso...
29 Oct 2017

Helping Young Peacemakers Overcome the Barriers they Face

60 leaders from 10 countries gathered in Jordan from 16 to 18 October to address the challenges and opportunities young peacemakers face. The conference was the second event in the Wilton Park Youth Dialogues, organised by Wilton Park in partnership with the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute...
19 Oct 2017

A Sustainable Future for Jordan: Implementing the SDGs after the Voluntary National Review

On 19 October 2017, the West Asia – North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a high-level panel discussion on Jordan’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. The pan...
03 Oct 2017

Regulatory Reform Needed to Strengthen Civil Society in Jordan

On 3 October, the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute launched its Advocacy Strategy for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs): Towards a Regulatory Reform. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, and was chaired by H.E Dr. Mohammad Abu Hammour, Secretary General...
28 Sep 2017

Upscaling Sustainable Energy for Community Buildings in Refugee-Hosting Areas

On 28 September, the WANA Institute, Chatham House, EDAMA, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) brought together 30 experts in Amman to discuss how to upscale sustainable energy investments in community buildings in Jordan. In order to meet the increased energy demands arising from the presence o...
18 Sep 2017

Enhancing the Role of Civil Society in Jordan

The West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute hosted a half-day roundtable on strengthening civil society organisations on 18 September at the Royal Scientific Society in Amman. 28 policy-makers, academics, and experts from think tanks were invited to discuss the current situation of civil society o...
24 Aug 2017

What Does the Journey of Jordanian Foreign Fighters Returning to Jordan Teach Us about Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Efforts?

A recent study by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute shows that by focussing on key drivers of radicalisation, we might be overlooking more targeted approaches. The main focus of CVE efforts is currently on fighting key drivers, such as under-employment, lack of civic agency, and corrupti...
13 Aug 2017

Community Based Organisations Work Together on National Advocacy Strategy

40 community based organisations (CBOs) from four cities in Jordan attended a workshop on designing an advocacy strategy for regulatory reform in Amman. The workshop was organised on 12 and 13 August by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute. The WANA Institute gathered the CBOs to discuss th...
10 Aug 2017

Stimulating Youth Participation in Public Policy and Decision-Making

The West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute and ESCWA hosted a three-day workshop in Amman this week on enhancing youth participation in public life and in the decision-making process. Twenty selected Jordanian youth leaders participated, representing youth organisations and associations, youth in...
30 Jul 2017

Human Security and Radicalisation Drivers in Jordan

On 30 July 2017, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 25 experts to discuss the relationship between human security programming and projects that aim to counter violent extremism in Jordan. The WANA Institute shared its research findings which identified obstacles to efficient human ...
16 Jul 2017

WANA Institute and UASMA Partner on Capacity Building Project for CBOs

The WANA Institute is partnering with the Union of Charitable Associations of the Capital (UASMA) for the implementation of its capacity building project for CBOs in Jordan. On 12 and 13 July 2017, they held an introductory meeting, which a total of 50 member associations of the union attended, as w...
16 May 2017

Affordable and Clean Energy for All in Jordan

On May 16, the West Asia - North Africa Institute (WANA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a ministerial meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy for All. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities of implementing SDG 7 in Jordan. The meeting was at...
27 Apr 2017

Academia and the Humanitarian Sector: Partners in Responding to the Region's Displacement Crisis?

The West Asia-North Africa region is facing the biggest displacement crisis since World War II. During a first of its kind event, academics from across the MENA region underscored the need for academia to be more pro-active by generating evidence-based solutions, informing programming and influencin...
25 Apr 2017

Translating the Sustainable Development Goals into Implementation Policy

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...
09 Mar 2017

New Opportunities for Jordanian Water Security

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 7th March. The project aimed at finding new ways to increase...
05 Oct 2016

Takeaways from Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence Workshop in Amman

On September 28th, WANA researcher Annalisa Bezzi participated in a Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) workshop in Amman, the first in a series of events to be held in the region over the next 9 years. The programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development and managed b...
22 Sep 2016

Human Security Workshop Success

The WANA Institute, working with a team of local and international partners, held a successful event titled ‘Human Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings’ this September. The event, attended by local NGOs, international organisations and government and regional representatives, looked at...
01 Sep 2016

Capacity-Building Workshop Discusses Structured Scenario Planning

On August 15-18, senior research fellow and deputy director Adel Elsayed Sparr participated in a capacity-building workshop on structured scenario planning in Berlin. It was organised by the German Council for Foreign Relations (DGAP) in partnership with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, the Swed...
31 Aug 2016

Unified Arab Voices for COP22 Forum

It would be very difficult to dispute climate change and its profound effects on the world today. In the WANA region, the past decade has brought many challenges, politically, socioeconomically and otherwise, only further exasperated by climate change and its tremendous impact on local communities t...
14 Aug 2016

WANA Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Water Resource Decoupling

Last week WANA hosted a roundtable interview session with policy officials involved in the field of water. This covered topics including water allocation and productivity and pricing, and challenges of managing water demand across competing sectors. Participants reflected on secondary data collected...
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