Addressing the challenges of political and economic transformations in the Arab region through policy research on employment and inequalities

The Economic Research Forum (ERF), a longstanding IDRC partner based in Cairo, is a prominent regional network of Arab researchers that focuses on economic analysis with increasing attention to multidisciplinary research, gender analysis, and greater regional diversity. ERF seeks to address the salient political and economic challenges in the region by making microdata more open and accessible to the public, investing in a younger generation of researchers, and establishing platforms for systematic policy dialogues based on evidence and knowledge.

This one-year project will support ERF in its work on developing policy-relevant knowledge in the areas of employment and labour demand, multi-dimensional poverty, the socioeconomic inequalities in health and education facing youth in the Arab world, and post-conflict reconstruction and state-building.

The project will support ERF in its efforts to mentor and build the capacity of young researchers in the region, promote dialogue with multiple policy stakeholders from government and civil society, and seek strong partnerships with local research organizations. ERF will also form a working group that will help define future areas of cooperation between the two institutions and possible longer-term IDRC funding to ERF.

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12 months

IDRC Officer

Roula El-Rifai

Total funding

CA$ 262,800


Middle East, North of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Ibrahim Elbadawi


Economic Research Forum

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