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DIFI To Pursue Efforts To Advance Research Agenda On Challenges Facing Arab Families Impacted By Wars and Conflicts

DIFI To Pursue Efforts To Advance Research Agenda On Challenges Facing Arab Families Impacted By Wars and Conflicts

Publication Date:
27/10/2016 11:25
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Annual Conferences

OSRA Research Grant of $50,000 Announced for Researchers to Examine Impact of Wars on Arab Families

Doha, Qatar, 27 October 2016: The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is to pursue further collaborations to develop its research and policy initiatives that support Arab families impacted by wars and conflicts following the successful conclusion of its second annual conference.

DIFI brought together a network of leading policy makers, researchers and non-governmental organisations for its two-day Annual Conference on Family Research and Policy, at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), from 17th to 18th October. The conference, entitled ‘The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families’, examined the importance and means of preserving the family unit during times of instability and civil unrest.

Participants discussed the role of research and public policies in promoting and protecting the well-being of Arab families in conflicts, as well as the changing role of NGOs in war zones, post-war family transition, and resettlement of refugees in the region. At the end of the conference, participants also touched on the multiple ethical and methodological challenges that researchers face when assessing the impact of wars and conflicts on Arab families.

In line with its commitment to address these challenges, DIFI, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is to pursue efforts contributing to the global knowledge base on current issues facing Arab families to promote their well-being.

As a step toward achieving this goal, DIFI, in collaboration with the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), also a member of QF, recently launched the second edition of the OSRA Research Grant.

The OSRA Research Grant, which was announced by Ms Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, during the conference, offers researchers from Qatar and other Arab countries up to $50,000 for one year to conduct research on the impact of wars on family formation and breakdown, parent-child relationships, and policies related to these topics.

DIFI, through its projects and initiatives, aims to highlight the importance of family issues in the Arab world and make them a priority for policy-makers on local, regional and international levels.

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The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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