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Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship
  Sept. 2014-Dec. 2016                    Human Rights Discourse in the Arab Region

In collaboration with Lund University’s Middle East Center and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

The research aims to advance knowledge about how human rights discourse and activism in the region have developed and whether it impacted or was impacted by the revolts of 2011. Through interviews with activists, scholars, and policy makers and case studies tailored to produce detailed information and analysis of the human rights scene in specific countries, the project seeks to develop a critical historical narrative of the individuals and organizations that have played the most important role in promoting human rights across the region. 
Networks linking advocates, scholars and policy-makers will be invited to participate in workshops and conferences to share and discuss research findings and analytical assessments. The project will also help in the development of a database of Arabic language analytical studies on human rights.

Oct. 2014-Jan. 2016                          Civil Society Impact on Public Policy

In collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

The research examines the roles of Arab civil society organizations and movements in an evolving policymaking landscape through investigating multiple real cases of CSOs attempting to influence policies in several Arab countries. The research aims to capture the policy process in those countries, understand the roles played by CSOs in advocacy and advance knowledge of the policy-making processes during transformation phases.

Jan. 2015-on going                    Literature Review on Civil Society and Citizenship in the Arab Region

The review aims to gather academic, investigative and analytical writings on civil society and citizenship in the Arab region. A    primary focus will be on writings in Arabic, which have not yet been collated and assessed.

Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017                          Labor and Social Justice in the Arab World

In collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

 The research aims to investigate the roles, mobilization and outreach strategies of labor unions and syndicates in Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, and Tunis, their struggles for independence and their impact on public policy.

Sept. 2015-on going                             Building an alternative associational model for egalitarian development towards 
                                                                 empowered citizenship (Da3M)

        In collaboration with the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at AUB.

       This project was conceived in response to the essential need to empower rural communities for economic and social equity given current deficits in rural development and in recognition of the importance of closer study of associational networks. Together, the ESDU and the Asfari Institute will seek to highlight bottom-up, place-based analysis by focusing on studying current civil society models in rural communities. Through such a study, elements of community resilience may be further understood and possibly strengthened.



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