Global Development Network's GDNet's programme and the Center for the Implementation of Public Polices promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) announce the launch of the programme "Spaces for Engagement". Using knowledge to improve public decisions which is a six-year joint initiative by Starting in 2008, the project encompasses six years of intense work aimed at creating diverse spaces of engagement with the participation of researchers from policy research institutions (PRIs) that conduct and use research to influence policy, policymakers, and/or decision making processes. For that purpose, it sought to work with a Community of Practice (CoP) composed by select researchers from think tanks, research institutes and policy makers who are strongly committed to improving the use of development research in policymaking in Latin America. The project also seeks to promote South-South cooperation by linking research and policy among Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Politics & Ideas: a think net is a Southern-led joint initiative of researchers and practitioners to produce and share innovative knowledge linking ideas and politics in developing and emerging economies. Its mission is to critically address the relations between ideas, research, and politics to support a more constructive use of research-based evidence in policy making. It encourages researchers and practitioners to identify their own challenges and share their perspectives about policy making as they encounter them at the local, national and regional levels.
The website brings together various activities and outputs produced by Politics & Ideas as well as others, including research papers, case studies, handouts, how-to-guides, literature reviews, etc. The research agenda covers many topics and research questions: politics, ideas, communications, capacity development and funding.
OAMDI offers researchers several types of micro data that ERF has collected, harmonized and prepared for dissemination in a convenient automated process. The first phase of the initiative covers 17 Household Income and Expenditure Surveys from 3 Arab countries, 3 Labor Market Panel Surveys from Egypt and Jordan, and a data set on micro and small enterprises from 4 countries. More data sets will be available in the near future. The initiative, which involved cooperation with several regional statistical agencies, is modeled on the World Bank Open Data initiative.
Each year, MEPI provides a significant number of local grants directly to local organizations based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). These organizations include civil society and non-governmental organizations NGOs, civic groups, reform networks and academic institutions that are committed to supporting democratic values and the active participation of all individuals in social, political, and economic life. These grants promote civic advocacy and participation at the local and national levels in the MENA region, build the institutional capacity of NGOs, and strengthen civil society.
EMEA is one of the master’s courses in this programme which are a relatively new addition to the DAAD’s range of funding. The target group are young professionals from public and private institutions in Germany and countries of the target region. A special feature is the emphasis on acquiring intercultural competence alongside technical training. The German-Arab Master’s Programme is funded by DAAD.
ERF is holding a conference entitled "The Egyptian Labor Market in a Revolutionary Era" ELMPS 2012. The primary objective of this conference is to disseminate the results of the ELMPS 2012 survey and present the findings of the research papers with the audience of academia, policy makers and media. The conference also aims at providing a platform to discuss and assess various labor markets aspects in the hope of contributing to a better design of public policy.
Date: 7-8 December, 2013
Incentives for better quality higher education in Egypt and Jordan
The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is holding a workshop entitled "Incentives for better quality higher education in Egypt and Jordan" at its premisis in Cairo. The objective of the workshop is to provide a platform for discussing the papers and their findings among authors and experts in order to improve the final output. The workshop is also intended to promote interaction between researchers with interest in the topic.
Date: 12 December, 2013
The 7th Annual Public Administration Reform Symposium in London The International Center for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) is holding the 7th Annual Public Administration Reform Symposium in London from 10th - 11th December 2013. The theme of this year's event is "Scoping the Responsibilities, Size and Structures of National Civil Services in the 21st Century". The two-day symposium will focus on the various approaches being taken to reduce, restructure and reshape the civil service in order to maximise efficiency and confront the myriad pressures being placed on modern-day public administration. There will be a wide range of speakers and many opportunities for delegates to network, discuss, listen and put forward their own views, shining a constructive and informative light on these approaches which hold the key to successful administrative reform. Contact: Alun Lloyd Morris Tel: 44 (0) 20 3137 8641 Fax: 44 (0) 845 606 1539
The Governance and Innovation Program at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government continues its second year of collaborating, as Knowledge Partner, with the UAE Prime Minister’s Office on the Government Summit. The Government Summit is a yearly event that was initiated in 2013, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and it aims to spread knowledge and experience of government success models, as well as support regional cooperation and coordination initiatives in the government sector.
Takaful is an annual regional meeting of scholars, young researchers, policy-makers, activists and practitioners in the field of philanthropy and civic engagement, both from within and outside the Arab region. The conference is structured to encourage interaction between scholarly analysis and lived experience, with the hope of contributing to sound policy and practice in philanthropy and civic engagement. Papers of a comparative nature and those covering understudied geographical areas are particularly welcome. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. Limited travel funds are available for those residing in the region whose final papers are accepted. Takaful 2014 will be hosted jointly by the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo, the American University in Beirut, the University of Balamand, and Columbia Global Centers- Middle East (Amman). Date: Wednesday, 04 June, 2014 To: Friday, 06 June, 2014
The GDNet MENA (Middle East & North Africa) window features news, funding opportunities, policy related social science research papers from the MENA countries, and profiles of researchers and organizations based in the region. GDNet’s Regional Network Partner for the region is the Economic Research Forum (ERF). The MENA window is fully available in Arabic, and you can now connect with us at www.gdnet.org/~mena
"It’s been a momentous year for the Arab world and the transformation from autocracies to democracies will probably not be an easy one for any of the countries", Arab Awakening on ERF Website