The Arab Council for the Social Sciences: Support for Institutional Development, Core Capacities, and an Inaugural Research Program

This project will provide institutional support to the recently established Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) for a broad-based program of research. Funding will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate of building a strong network of social scientists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

IDRC support to ACSS will be focused on:
-ACSS's flagship research program, "Producing the Public in Arab Societies: Participation, Spaces, Media," which aims to understand the shifting conditions that shape public life in Arab societies, including culture, religion, politics, and socio-economics; the ways in which individuals and groups participate in public life; and, the spaces and media through which their participation takes place.
-the launch of a training program to strengthen research methodologies among social scientists and to support the development of young social science researchers; and,
-establishing ACSS's institutional status through staff recruitment, an office in Beirut, clear internal operational procedures, and strategic planning.

ACSS' mandate is to strengthen social science research capacity and to provide a forum for exchange and communication among social scientists in the MENA region. It was established in December 2008 and is now legally registered in Lebanon as an autonomous, non-profit organization. An elected board of trustees leads the membership-based council. An Executive Director will be based in Beirut.

This project aims to:
-establish three working groups to increase knowledge in the area of "Producing the Public in Arab Societies: Participation, Spaces, Media";
-rollout a research grants program;
-launch a training program focused on strengthening research methodologies; and,
-enhance outreach, dissemination, policy dialogues, and cross-regional collaboration.

Project ID

107031

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, April 1, 2012

End Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 601,000

Countries

Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Lebanon

Program

Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Seteney Shami

Institution

Arabic Network

Institution Country

Lebanon

Institution Website

http://www.annd.org

Project Leader

Seteney Shami

Institution

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences

Institution Country

Lebanon

Institution Website

http://www.theacss.org