"The Catalyst for Socio-Economic Transformation" Goes to Lebanon


"A Catalyst for Socio-Economic Transformation: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policy"  An afternoon with Dr. Aida Essaid, the Director of the Information and Research Center - King Hussein Foundation, Jordan.


The Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF) will be sharing its experiences in shifting policies in Jordan based on evidence-based research.  The IRCKHF serves as a catalyst for socio-economic transformation through research, information and dissemination of knowledge. The IRCKHF promotes the welfare of children, youth, women, families, communities, and vulnerable groups by providing objective, multidisciplinary research and analysis to practitioners and policy-makers in Jordan and the Middle East, enabling effective socio-economic planning and decision-making. The success stories, obstacles and challenges, lessons learned and ongoing work in the IRCKHF’s pillars and programs will be shared as it continues to advocate for evidence-based policies.  You can find more information about IRCKHF through our website.


The presentation will outline our projects highlighting those that succeeded in shifting policies in Jordan.  The main of which will include a brief on the Coalition: My Nationality is My Right to My Family (Jinsiyati) and the process of bringing the topic to the policy maker's agenda.  The project started with evidence-based research recognizing the Gender Bias against Jordanian Women Married to Foreigners and identifying ways to reverse it.  Today with IRCKHF's efforts, as part of the coalition, the topic is back on the government's agenda with various announcements, and action being taken towards improving the conditions (check IRCKHF's facebook page for news articles or the Coalition's facebook page).


"The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) aims to harness the policy-related research of AUB's internationally respected faculty in order to achieve several goals: to raise the quality of public policy-related debate and decision-making in the Arab World and abroad, to enhance the Arab World's input into international affairs, and to enrich the quality of interaction among scholars, officials and civil society actors in the Middle East and abroad."


Please join us!  The lecture is open for the public and takes place today, December 1st at the American University of Beirut from 3:00 to 4:30pm, more details are available in the poster above or through IFI's facebook event.  You can also get live updates through our facebook - twitter - LinkedIn.  Dr. Essaid will be looking forward to meeting you.


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at sawsan.samara@irckhf.org