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Oct 04, 2016 / Blog
In Part II of her interview, Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, World Bank Practice Manager for Education, explains the initiatives being take to improve all levels of public education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and how important it is for children to be able to go to school, especially... more
Oct 03, 2016 / Blog
With the school year starting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), millions of children are busily preparing to resume their studies. Some, caught in conflict, may not be able to go to school at all; others may be joining schools in countries neighboring their own. At peace or in war,... more
Sep 26, 2016 / Blog
"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending events which are spinning out of control. It has significant implications when deciding the type of aid that is... more
Sep 26, 2016 / Report/Study
One global issue at the forefront of World Bank Group work this year and beyond is the forced displacement of people and its impact on ending extreme poverty. Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts, prepared by The World Bank... more
Aug 22, 2016 / Blog
Due to the protracted conflict in Syria, refugees are turning into a serious challenge for the Mediterranean region with a significant spillover to Europe. Neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, have absorbed the bulk of close to 5 million Syrian refugees since 2011, constituting approximately 86... more
Jul 13, 2016 / Video
The complex and protracted nature of today’s conflicts has led forced displacement to reach an unprecedented level since World War II; substantially over 60 million people are now uprooted around the world, of which 4 million Syrian refugees. 86% of Syrian refugees live in Syria neighboring... more
Jun 22, 2016 / Blog
At a time when Europe is trying to restrict refugees’ access to its territory, it is essential to provide more support to the countries bordering Syria. This support should meet the vital needs of those fleeing the conflict, while at the same time strengthening cohesion between the host country and... more
Jun 14, 2016 / Video
From raising gender awareness to spreading the Syrian culinary art, this slideshow tells “the other sides of the story”, by shedding light on the added value and great contributions Syrian refugees bring to their host communities today. Testimonials and quotes are of Syrian interviewees. This... more
Jun 14, 2016 / Video
The human face of the Syrian refugee crisis, portraying positive and inspiring stories of social integration and adaptation of refugees across host communities in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The video also sheds light on young Syrians and their aspirations. This video is part of... more
Jun 09, 2016 / Blog
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, conducted an interview  with Dr. Dawn Chatty, an Emeritus University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK, on the... more
May 30, 2016 / Blog
The UCLG-MEWA 2016 CONGRESS, “Migration, Culture and Gastronomy Summit,” was held in Gaziantep on 19-21 April. The migration referred to is, of course, the migration of Syrian refugees to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.    The previous week İstanbul Aydın University hosted the International... more