Reflections on Beirut trip

Reflections on Beirut trip

Supporting Social Policy Learning at Lebanese University

On 30 April 2019, Rana Jawad met with faculty members from the Lebanese University to discuss the curriculum for the research master’s degree in social policies, which is part of the Institute of Social Sciences.

This is the only postgraduate degree in social policy offered in Lebanon and it is unique within the MENA region, where social policy topics are often included as part of broader public policy degrees rather than being the focus of an entire degree. The MENASP network is pleased to support collaborative efforts for teaching and learning related to social policy in the region and would like to thank Elie Mekhael for their effort in bringing about this connection.

MENASP organizational meeting: Preparing for successful collaboration

On 2 May 2019, several members of the MENASP network members met at the American University in Beirut to plan for the next phase of network development and collaboration.

This meeting served as a valuable follow up to the Bath residential in September. The communications plan and updated website where discussed as well as strategies for the upcoming 4th MENASP Network Conference.

The group also prepared a schedule for collaborative research on social policy and legacies of conflict in the MENA region for the upcoming year.

MENASP meeting with social policy stakeholders: Forging new linkages to address old challenges

The MENASP network leadership is grateful to the following attendees for contributing their time and insights:  Anis bin Brik (Qatar Foundation, DIFI), Ghada Barsoum (American University in Cairo), Elie Mekhael (Lebanese University), Nassar Yassin, Director of research and team (American University of Beirut), Chahir Zeki (Cairo University), Ibrahim Al Hawarin (Al-Hussein Bin Talal University), and Markus Loewe (German Development Institute) MENASP meeting with social policy stakeholders: Forging new linkages to address old challenges

On 3 May 2019 the MENASP network delegates met with a group of invited social policy stakeholders based in Lebanon to discuss potential linkages and collaborations with the network.

The conversation sought to understand the challenges for building bridges between researchers and policymakers as well as the possibilities that exist for strengthening connections in the current policy environment. The discussion shed light on the need for researchers to maintain regular relationships with decision-makers and to use diverse channels, such as social media, to communicate their findings more broadly. The MENASP network hopes to follow up with the attendees as their collaborative agenda develops.

The MENASP network would like to thank Nassar Yassin and his research team at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs for hosting both the network organizational meeting and the social policy stakeholders’ meeting.

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