Palestinian Refugee Research Policy Papers

IDRC's Expert and Advisory Fund (EASF) aimed to support Canada's role in the multilateral peace process in the Middle East focusing on the issue of Palestinian refugees. EASF closed in March 2008, although IDRC has continued to finance some key follow-up activities and is fundraising for continued programming in this area. Over its 15 years of operation, EASF produced a large amount of policy-relevant research.

This grant will allow a team of consultants to distill these research results into a set of user-friendly policy papers on key components of the Palestinian refugee issue: return to Israel, repatriation to the Palestinian state, compensation, moral acknowledgement, role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Jewish refugee claims from Arab countries.

The team will identify various ways in which each of the key elements of the refugee issue might be dealt with in an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, as well as the costs, benefits, challenges and long-term implications associated with each. The idea is to produce a menu of policy options rather than a consensus on the issues.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, June 19, 2009

End Date

Sunday, December 19, 2010


12 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 88,213


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Canada, Israel


Governance and Justice