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Policy and Governance in Palestinian Refugee Camps
In March 2008, The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the Center for Behavioral Research (CBR) at the American University of Beirut launched a multi-year research, analysis, and policy-recommendations program to explore the public policy and governance challenges of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza.

For the past six decades,  camps have spawn serious public policy challenges, in the areas of security, control, governance, health, and others. Camps across the region exist in varied conditions and present different dimensions of policy challenges, but they also offer many experiences and lessons that can be shared.

The program on Policy and Governance in Palestinian Refugee Camps is the first integrated and coordinated mechanism to share the vast amount of individual and collective research that exists, while driving cross-sectoral analyses and using the conclusions to enrich policy-making by the various authorities and parties concerned.


  • Identify research gaps and launch research projects to fill those most urgently needed.

  • Through conferences, lectures and workshops, bring together researchers from various academic backgrounds and stakeholders from multiple sectors to share their results and draw key policy-relevant conclusions.

  • Provide an ongoing mechanism for scholars, NGOs, host governments, Palestinian groups, camp communities, UNRWA, local authorities, and international donors to meet and exchange ideas on the pressing challenges and the most relevant policy solutions.

  • Compile and maintain a database of research projects and researchers related to the camps.

  • Compile and maintain a database of Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and other active groups.

Main Contact

Rima Rassi, Program Coordinator
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