Economic Research Forum - Core Support 2012-2014

The Economic Research Forum (ERF) is a Cairo-based regional economics research network with 269 affiliate researchers. It promotes economic research on inclusive sustainable development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Over the next three years, its work will be organized around seven thematic areas - equity, climate change, labour markets, political and economic transformation post-Arab Spring, regional integration, natural resources, and women's economic empowerment.

This project provides core support for ERF to help strengthen this regional network of economists. The project will promote ERF's role in strengthening the evidence base for policymakers. Policy engagement and dissemination of research results are central to ERF's approach, with many of its senior associates being policymakers. New media tools are being developed to provide the best possible outreach.

IDRC's support also focuses on the professional development of young researchers, for example, partnering experienced staff with junior researchers to build research capacities and mentorship skills. ERF will organize research competitions with open calls for papers, balancing merit with the inclusion of less-experienced researchers.

In addition, ERF runs a visiting scholars¿ program, and hosts two or three training events per year. It also acts as a knowledge resource for researchers, publishing The Middle East Development Journal, and hosting databases available to all researchers, in areas of labour markets, enterprises, and household surveys.

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Start Date

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

End Date

Friday, January 22, 2016


36 months

IDRC Officer

Boutros, Iris

Total funding

CA$ 2,000,000


Middle East, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Egypt


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr. Yasmine Fahim


Economic Research Forum

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