IFI and the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at AUB jointly launched the AUB Youth Research Working Group on January 31. The working group of faculty members aims at researching, synthesizing, and disseminating quality research on youth well-being in the Arab world, as well as bringing practical, relevant, and situated recommendations to the policy-making process across all sectors dealing with youth. The group is advised by a steering committee composed of AUB faculty from various disciplines. Chair of committee and (FHS) Associate Dean Dr. Rima Afifi presented the working group’s research on a framework for the analysis of youth well-being in the Arab world, as well as a new multi-disciplinary research project on the situation of youth in the areas surrounding Horsh Beirut.
The same event included the launch of the IFI Youth in the Arab World Database, developed with the support of the UNICEF MENA Regional Office. The searchable, online database is designed to be a comprehensive and reliable repository of all published research articles, projects and researchers, as well as civil society organizations, academic institutions, and other active groups that offer critical insights into young people’s conditions and attitudes. Video
The added carcinogen exposure from diesel generators in Beirut is similar to that of smoking a few cigarettes per day, and this in areas where the electricity coming from the national provider (Electricite Du Liban) is cut for only 3 hours per day. This is just one of the startling findings of a study funded by the Climate Change and Environment in the Arab world Program at IFI, and conducted by a team of AUB researchers led by Dr. Alan Shihadeh and Dr. Najat Saliba. The study was conducted in Beirut over a period of two years (2010-2012) and represents a crucial step in understanding the true air quality in Beirut.
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The Efficiency of Food Labeling as a Rural Development Policy: The Case of Olive Oil in LebanonIFI Working Paper No.13 by Jad Chaaban