Arab Families and Youth : a Century of War, Migration and Displacement

The past century has witnessed disruptions in Middle Eastern politics, economics, religion and society that have taken their toll on Arab families and youth. Yet despite the centrality of family and youth in Arab society, there exists little scientific research on these critical social issues.

This project builds on two earlier phases of support to the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) under projects 101270 and 102198.

The grant will support some 15 rigorous studies in Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine and their diasporas on two key topics: the impact of war, violence, displacement and migration on families; and the impact on youth and their subsequent coping mechanisms.

The findings are expected to be of use to scholars, policymakers, planners, nongovernmental organizations and service providers. Outputs will include an edited book series in English and Arabic, resources posted on the AFWG website (in English), stakeholder workshops in the three counties, engagement with key Arab media, and presentations at major conferences.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Sunday, July 1, 2007

End Date

Thursday, March 29, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Alma, Eileen

Total funding

CA$ 583,210


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Lebanon, Egypt, West Bank and Gaza


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Suad Joseph


University of California

Institution Country

United States