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Social Policy issues have attracted significant policy interest in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in the last decade. In an effort to support this new field of expertise and connect with experts who can help direct policy-making in this region, the UNICEF MENA regional office (MENARO, based in Amman, Jordan) has commissioned the University of Bath (UK) to develop a database of expertise on social policy in MENA.

This will be a first-of-its-kind, publicly available and searchable online resource which will be hosted and administered by the MENA Social Policy Network (MENASP) and the Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI)  at the University of Bath. The areas of policy expertise that will be included in the database are poverty and deprivation, social protection, public finance, decentralisation and local governance. Some questions will focus on expertise related to children and youth.  The countries that will be included in the database are Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen. The organisations that will be included are Universities, Civil Society, For Profits and Government agencies. The data that will be used for this survey will be sourced from publicly available websites and published material but we are also asking for information directly from actors and institutions via the present survey.

If you have relevant expertise and would like to be included in this database or can recommend other experts and institutions who can be included, please proceed with completing this survey which will not take longer than 15 minutes of your time. Please note that the personal information you provide about your expertise will be stored in a database at the University of Bath that will be available to the wider public. Any information that you provide about your wider research connections (see questions 17 and 18 in the survey) will remain confidential.

For further information about this project, please contact the Principal Investigator Dr. Rana Jawad, University of Bath (UK) or the UNICEF technical advisor for the project Mr. Arthur van Diesen, UNICEF MENA Regional Office (Jordan)