Virtual Launch Event: Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region

Virtual Launch Event: Strengthening Security and Social Welfare in the MENA region

(المعلومات متاحة للتحميل باللغة العربية في المرفقات) The MENA Social Policy Network (University of Bath, UK) is launching a new four-year (2020-2024) research and public engagement programme (MENASP-CP), funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the GCRF Network Plus scheme.


The programme will focus on strengthening security and social welfare in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. In partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and a host of international research and civil society organisations, MENASP-CP will undertake an exciting programme of training and capacity building, research commissioning and policy innovation, as well as knowledge sharing to shift the analysis of conflict prevention in the MENA region to include social protection.


MENASP-CP will draw on lessons from across the world, exploring links between conflict prevention, social protection and state development, whilst building the capabilities of early career researchers, civil society and policymakers to engage with the findings.


Virtual Launch Agenda

12:45 – 13:00 Attendees able to join Zoom

13:00 – 13:05 Welcome

13:05 – 13:20 Introduction and Keynote

  • Vice Chancellor Professor Ian White, University of Bath
  • Jonathan Powell, CEO of Inter-Mediate, formerly UK’s chief peace negotiator (NI) and Special Envoy (Libya)

13:20 – 13:55 Project Launch and Presentations from the Network team

13:55 – 14:10 Q&A with Speakers

14:10 – 14:15 Close and how to connect to the network


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