The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Silatech have joined the Middle East Youth Initiative in sponsoring a workshop focused on understanding the social and economic conditions faced by youth across the wider Middle East on the eve of the Arab Spring. The workshop, to be held at the American University of Beirut on December 8-9, 2012, brings together scholars to present recent research on education, labor markets, entrepreneurship, social engagement and broader socio-economic issues with the goal of better understanding the foundations of the Arab Spring and the continuing exclusion experienced by the region’s youth as they transition to adulthood.
In 2009, the Middle East Youth Initiative partnered with Silatech to establish the Taqeem Initiative with the goal of promoting a greater usage of monitoring and evaluation methodologies in the Middle East in order to expand knowledge about what works best in regard to youth programs and policies. Now, Silatech has joined with the Youth Employment Network and the Jacobs Foundation to establish the Taqeem Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment. The new fund seeks to build on the momentum and increased openness in the region to testing new approaches to the pressing youth employment challenge.
Ragui Assaad discusses the linkage between affordable housing and marriage in Egypt, noting a positive change in the age of marriage prior to the recent revolution and assessing the possibility of continuing improvements in the future. This article was originally published by Marketplace and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.
Experts from the Middle East Youth Initiative are producing ongoing analysis of political and economic developments and the youth populations in these countries. Articles published in internationally recognized media and featuring analysis from Middle East Youth Initiative experts are posted in the "Latest News" section.
MEYI's Tarik Yousef served as a speaker in the panelist/participant discussion "After the Arab Awakening: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Arab World."
In his second major policy address on the Middle East, US President Barack Obama outlined a shift in how the United States engages in the Middle East. He presented a renewed policy vision that focuses on enabling countries to transition to democracy and free markets while at the same time providing economic opportunities for the region’s youth. Yet, many in the Arab region continue to voice frustration with the US position, indicating that the speech falls short of the change in policy needed to remain on 'the right side of history' -- especially in the face of unprecedented regional change.
Dr. Raufa Hassan al-Sharki, a leading Yemeni scholar and gender expert and a contributor to MEYI's "Innovators and Thinkers" series, died Tuesday, 26 April 2011, in Egypt. Listen to MEYI's interview with Dr. Raufa Hassan al-Sharki on gender, development, and governance in Yemen. This article was originally published by Yemen Today and is reposted here. The views expressed in this article are those of the published author.