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Policy and Governance in Palestinian Refugee Camps
FROM RELIEF AND WORKS TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT:
UNRWA AND PALESTINIAN REFUGEES AFTER 60 YEARS
 
December 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East: an occasion for sober reflection but also an opportunity to assess the Agency's challenges and achievements during six decades of work alongside millions of Palestine refugees.

Within this framework, UNRWA and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organized an international conference on October 8 & 9, 2010. The conference assembled a critical body of academic and policy research around UNRWA's six-decade-long experience in supporting Palestine refugees.
 
Full Conference Program: English ||| Arabic


 
Conference Day 1: Video ||| Audio

Papers & Presentations: Opening Session ||| Panel 1 ||| Panel 2 ||| Panel 3


 
Conference Day 2: Video ||| Audio

Papers & Presentations: Panel 1 ||| Panel 2 ||| Panel 3 ||| Panel 4


Read / Download Full Conference Summary

Media Coverage: Al-Akhbar [1] ||| Al-Akhbar [2] ||| As-Safir ||| Daily Star ||| Mid East Monitor

Side Events:

OPENING SESSION


(L-R) Karim Makdisi, Maya Majzoub, Abdullah Abdullah, Filippo Grandi
 
MEETING CHALLENGES IN PROGRAMMES AND SERVICE DELIVERY
 

(L-R) Jihad Makhoul, Roger Davies, Mahmoud Hanafi, Ali Khader, Raja Deeb, Alex Pollock

Discussant: Jihad Makhoul, Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, AUB
Chair: Roger Davies, Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs, Lebanon
 
PROTECTION: FROM CONCEPT TO PRACTICE


(L-R) Muhammad AbuBakr, Laurent Chapuis, Mark Brailsford, Chareen Stark, Elizabeth Ferris, Susan Akram, Lance Bartholomeusz


Discussant: Susan Akram, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Chair: Lance Bartholomeusz, Chief, International Law Division, Department of Legal Affairs, UNRWA

 
GOVERNANCE: THE CAMPS AND UNRWA


(L-R) Anies Al Hroub, Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg, Sari Hanafi, Wajeeh Azayzeh


Discussant: Jalal Al Husseini, Institut Francais du Proche Orient (IFPO), Amman
Chair: Anies Al Hroub, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, AUB

  • The Politics of UNRWA Camp Construction
    Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg, PhD candidate, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen

  • UNRWA and Governance Practices in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian Territory
    Sari Hanafi, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, AUB
    paper ||| presentation

  • Governance in Jordan Camps
    Ahmad Rawashdeh, Chief of studies section, Department of Palestinian Affairs, Amman
    paper ||| presentation
 
CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Discussant: Dawn Chatty, University Reader in Anthropology and Forced Migration and Deputy Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Chair: Nasser Yassin, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, AUB
 
CAMP IMPROVEMENT / RECONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT


(L-R) Phillip Misselwitz, Mona Budeiri, Fatima Al-Nammari, Lucas Oesch, Mona Fawaz, Rana Hassan


Discussant: Phillip Misselwitz, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Chair: Mona Fawaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Design, AUB

 
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES AND DURABLE SOLUTIONS: A ROLE FOR UNRWA


(L-R) Rex Brynen, Robert Dann, Michael Dumper, Lex Takkenberg, Jaber Suleiman, Leila Hilal, Ali Mustafa


Discussant: Michael Dumper, Professor, University of Exeter
Chair: Lex Takkenberg, Chief, Ethics Office, Department of Internal Oversight Services, UNRWA

 
REFLECTIONS ON THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE REGIME



(L-R) Jeff Crisp, Karen AbuZayd, Sari Hanafi, Filippo Grandi, Margot Ellis, Filippo Grandi


Chair: Karen AbuZayd, Former Commissioner General, UNRWA

  • Jeff Crisp, Head, Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit, UNHCR
    paper
 
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