In March 2020, the Middle East and North Africa Social Policy Network (MENASP) organised a three-day workshop in Dubai, UAE that aimed at reviewing the Network strategies and its future research agenda on social protection and conflict prevention.
The Dubai workshop was structured that each day had a dedicated topic. The first day was dedicated to reviewing the Network approach and research objectives in the context of social protection and conflict prevention, where the participants had the opportunity to share insights and experiences from their past and ongoing projects. The second day was dedicated to discussing research ethics, risks assessment and safeguarding and reviewing partners’ local research ethics protocols for the aim of creating a unified ethics protocol for the network. The final day included discussions on enhancing interdisciplinary engagement in research.
The workshop was organised as part of a 12-months strategic programme of development activities in the MENA region funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Development Award in collaboration with MENASP network partners.
The outcomes of the workshop will set the foundation for the development and implementation of the new MENASP Network international project “Social protection and sustainable peace in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Building a new welfare-centred politics”. The 4-year project is funded by the GCRF-AHRC Network Plus scheme and starts on 1 April, 2020. Further information will follow.