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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...
03 Aug 2016

New Publication on Energy Resilience and Refugees

Following a high-level workshop held in Amman on 19-20 April 2016, a report has now been published. It was co-authored by Adel Elsayed Sparr, Deputy Director at the WANA Institute, Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, and Owen Grafham, Project Coordinator at Chatham House, was made p...
07 Jun 2016

WANA Institute Featured in Together We Stand, a UNOCHA and Tudor Rose Publication for the World Humanitarian Summit

The WANA Institute was featured with an article in Together We Stand, which is a public-private partnership publication by Tudor House and UNOCHA for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23-24 May. The book collected short articles from various humanitarian actors, who drew on their knowledge, ...
07 Jun 2016

WANA Institute Hosts Inception Workshop for Response Strategies to Climate Change Project

Climate change is having widespread and adverse impacts on the West Asia-North Africa region. As this phenomenon progresses, increasing drought and variable precipitation patterns will adversely impact agricultural productivity and water scarcity. Because climate change research has predominately fo...
21 Apr 2016

WANA Institute co-hosts expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience

On April 19-20, the WANA Institute, together with Chatham House and with kind support from the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, organised a high-level expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience. It brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders from NGOs,...
06 Apr 2016

WANA Institute Awarded NWO Grant for Countering Violent Extremism Project

The WANA Institute is pleased to announce that it will be awarded a significant grant for a research project titled  "Towards more effective human security approaches in the context of the emerging threat of violent radicalisation in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia”. The grant will be awarded by the...
05 Apr 2016

Executive Director Dr Erica Harper presents at Pledge for Parity event in Abu Dhabi

On Sunday 20 March, Executive Director Dr Erica Harper represented the WANA Institute on an experts’ panel at the Central Buisness District of Women and the British Buisness Group's "Pledge for Partity - Accelerating Equality in the Middle East" event, which occured as part of the celebration of Int...
02 Mar 2016

WANA Institute announces Water Decoupling Project

The West Asia - North Africa Institute is pleased to annouce the launch of its Water Decoupling Project, which will be carried out in association with the University of Oxford.  In Jordan and Palestine, water scarcity and food insecurity are increasingly understood as existential threats to human se...
02 Mar 2016

Executive Director Dr Erica Harper to speak at City Debates Conference in Beirut

From March 2 - 4, Dr Erica Haper will be speaking at the American University of Beiruit's City Debate Series: Urban Policy Mobilities and International Aid; Lessons from Regional Planning and Refugee Policies. City Debates 2016 stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy a...
10 Nov 2015

WANA Institute Awarded Clifford Chance 2015 Access to Justice Award

The WANA Institute is honored to announce that leading international law firm Clifford Chance has named the institute as the sixth winner of its annual Access to Justice Award. As part of the award, WANA will receive a £50,000 donation from the Clifford Chance Foundation and 500 hours of pro bono wo...
19 Oct 2015

Constructive dialogue in the WANA Region on the Environmental SDGs

On Monday 12 to Tuesday 13 October 2015, the WANA Institute, in collaboration with the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), held a conference on the newly announced Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their impact on water and natural resour...
21 May 2015

Arab region cooperative framework necessary to address ongoing conflict

21 May 2015, Amman, Jordan: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal today called for policy-makers to consider a broad, inclusive, interdisciplinary and systematic framework to better understand the impact of protracted conflict and violence in the West Asia region, at an expert group meeting organised by th...
19 Mar 2015

Water cooperation necessary for environmental and regional security

19 March 2015, Amman, Jordan: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal today called for policy-makers to develop inter-state strategies with a human dignity focused approach, so as to improve water security for the people of - and countries in - the West Asia and North Africa region, at a water security confe...
10 Feb 2015

Regional Approaches To Regional Challenges: WANA Institute and Al Marji’ Publications announce strategic partnership

Amman - 10 January, 2015: The West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute, a non-profit policy think tank established and chaired by Prince El Hassan bin Talal, partners with Al Marji’ Publications to promote evidence-based policy and programming to combat the development and humanitarian challenges f...
17 Jan 2015

Working with the Canadian Government to empower the women of WANA

17/1/15 – Amman, Jordan: The WANA Institute will embark on a unique and ambitious women’s legal empowerment project, thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The project, titled “Strengthening Women’s Leg...
12 Jun 2014

Access to justice for women and children the focus of WANA Forum 2014

12 June 2014 – Amman, Jordan: Government leaders, policy officials, legal analysts and religious representatives from seventeen countries came together to conceptualize and develop grassroots solutions to enable access to legal rights for women, children, refugees and migrant workers at the 6th West...
11 Jun 2014

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal: we cannot afford to wait any longer for justice for the Arab people

11 June 2014 – Amman, Jordan: In his keynote address at the opening session of the 2014 West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Forum, His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince El Hassan bin Talal made an ethical call for justice for the people of his region. HRH said recent tragedies such as the case of Meriam Ibrah...
07 Jun 2014

WANA Forum 2014: legal empowerment of the poor required to combat poverty

Amman, June 7, 2014: The sixth annual West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Forum will be held in Amman, Jordan on 11 and 12 June.  The 2014 Forum will focus on the importance of legal empowerment of the poor in combating poverty – an issue that is especially pertinent at a time the region faces challenge...
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