Arab Spatial: An Online, Interactive Atlas of the Arab World
Arab Spatial is a new online information storehouse that aggregates food security and development information from the region’s governments as well as international institutions. The tool displays the data on maps that users can zoom in on to the regional national, sub-national, and even the pixel level. The tool permits the users to click through 22 countries of the Arab world to view information on 100 indicators. It is developed by IFPRI with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM).
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.
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.
The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is holding its 20th Annual Conference in Cairo, Egypt, March, 2014. This date also marks ERF 20th anniversary. The organizing committee is pleased to invite submissions of proposals according to the outline given below. Invitees should be engaged in research on the ERF region (the Arab countries, Iran and Turkey), whether they are affiliates of ERF or not. Previously published papers or those accepted for publication may not be submitted. Deadline for submissions: June 25, 2013
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.
The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies offers a professional Certificate in Strategic Health Planning 1st-5th July 2013, London, UK. The training aims at examining the international, national and local pressures on health systems, the role of civil society in provision and design strategies to develop efficient, affordable and equitable health structures. Members working at organizations are welcome to apply.
The International Academic Conference on Social Sciences – IACSS 2013, will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. The mission of IACSS 2013 is to provide a platform for researchers, academicians as well as other professionals from all over the world to present their research results in Social Sciences. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and experiences, to establish business or research relations and to find partners for future collaboration. Date: 27-28 July 2013
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