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GERPA Annual Meeting
June 24-25, 2012
The World Bank, Washington DC


The sixth GERPA annual conference took place at the World Bank in Washington DC on June 24-25, 2012.

The main objective of this two days conference was to discuss the future of the compendium of the best research papers and how it can be disseminated. Discussion was also focused on how GERPA can be sustained in the next years and what should be its main areas of focus.

The participants were also offered an e-course with World Bank Institute, “Translating research into an e-course”.

This was followed by a forum open to the public on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment and its implications for the economic and social development of the MENA region. The forum was held by the Office of the Chief Economists, MENA Region.

This conference brought together more than 50 GERPA members




"Middle East and North Africa Gender and Economic Symposium II:
Translating Research into Action"
October 16-19, 2010
Gleacher Center, University of Chicago


This meeting is a joint effort of Chicago University, the Center Of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), and the Office of the Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, The World Bank, and will be held in Chicago, USA from October 16th to 19th, 2010.

Its goals are fourfold: to disseminate research on gender equity funded by GERPA; to develop policy advocacy skills; to work on translating research into policy recommendations; and to strengthen the Arab and Persian gender networks of @nged and PGN.

Attendees consist of members of the Arab Network for Gender and Development (@nged), the Persian Gender Network (PGN), and the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA).

GERPA and ANGED members' BIOs




"MENA Gender and Economic Symposium:
Translating Research Into Action"
November 17–20, 2009
Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

The GERPA 2009 meeting titled “MENA Gender and Economic Symposium: From Research to Action” will take place on November 17-20, 2009. This year’s event has been organized in collaboration with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard University and will be held at the Kennedy School. One of the main objectives of the meeting is to proceed with the dissemination of the GERPA research results and to elaborate a concrete and efficient strategy for the advocacy and the dissemination of the main research findings. In order to achieve this goal, the GERPA organization and the World Bank have decided to hold the GERPA conference with the annual meetings of the Arab Network for Gender and Development (@NGED) and the Persian Gender Network (PGN). These networks are other gender initiatives funded by the World Bank and executed by CAWTAR and consist largely of gender experts from other disciplines, parliamentarians and civil society. Altogether some 100 participants are expected to come to Harvard. The program also offers to interested participants a 2-day advocacy workshop led by one of the world’s renowned experts, Dr. Marshal Ganz of Harvard University. It is hoped that this joint meeting bring together economists and non-economists and help building skills in cutting edge dissemination techniques. In addition, Harvard University’s Economics Department will host a lecture by Professor Gary Becker on Wednesday, November 18th while the Middle East Studies Department will host a lecture by Dr. Ismail Serageldin Director of the Library of Alexandria on Thursday, November 19th.



"A Course on Modern Econometrics with STATA"
GERPA Research Training
July 26-30, 2009
Gammarth, Tunisia

One of the objectives of GERPA is to engage in the capacity building of young researchers originating from MENA and who are interested in gender and economics. The July 2009 training offers to interested grantees an advanced course in econometric methodology using STATA. The course was offered by Professor Michael Binder from Goethe Institute from July 26-30,  2009.  Eight GERPA grantees benefited from the course.





 "Gender and Economics in MENA: from Theory to Policy Making"
Dubai School of Government, UAE
November 16-17, 2008

The GERPA second annual meeting took place in Dubai on November 15-17, 2008 in collaboration with the Dubai School of Government. The meeting/conference aims at bringing together a network of academics, researchers and policymakers from the Arab region and the Gulf, to contribute to the debate about the challenges and opportunities of producing and disseminating research on Gender and Public Policy in the Arab World. The two gender networks from MENA, the Arab Network for Gender and Development (@NGED) and the Persian Gender Network (PGN) participated at the meeting and their input was crucial for the elaboration of a dissemination strategy for the GERPA research findings. The goal of this two- day conference is to present the findings of the GERPA research papers on a variety of cross-cutting gender themes such as: education, employment, health and poverty in the Middle East. This will be followed by an exploration of how gender sensitive research can be disseminated and more effectively integrated within teaching programs and in policymaking processes. More than 150 GERPA, @NGED and PGN members participated in the meeting.




The World Bank Labor Market Policy Core Course:
Jobs for a Globalizing World
The World Bank
 March 31st- April 11th, 2008

The Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA) program sponsored ten grantees to participate in the World Bank Flagship Core Course on Labor Market Policies. The course was held at the World Bank from March 31st to April 11th, 2008. Given the high learning outcome of the course, the initiative of involving GERPA grantees in the World Bank course fits perfectly within the project’s main objective which is to help build capacity for economic research on gender in MENA. Through the lectures, group exercises and case studies, the course was an excellent opportunity for grantees to acquire the latest insights and techniques for their future research and to get acquainted with issues related to labour market policies applied to developing countries and within the context of globalization. The course covered issues such as labor market policies and regulations (and deregulation), job creation and skill enhancement, small medium enterprises and entrepreneurship, globalization and working conditions, which are relevant topics for future research in the region. In addition to the policy aspect, the course covered topics on measurement techniques and diagnostic tools such as data analysis and simulations techniques.


“Gender and economics: from Theory to Policy Making"
The World Bank, Washington DC
April 5-6, 2008

In addition to the Labor Market course, CAWTAR and the World Bank organized a joint meeting between the Arab Network for Gender and Development (@NGED), the Persian Gender Network (PGN) and the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA). The Arab Network for Gender and Development and the Persian Gender Network are regional networks supported by the World Bank and aiming at promoting and advocating gender empowerment in the Arab region and Persian speaking regions, respectively. Their members include representatives of government institutions, NGOs, research centers, media professionals and gender experts from 19 Arab Countries. The joint workshop was held in Washington DC, on April 5th-6th, 2008 with the presence of a number of World Bank representatives in order to think together of a strategy to disseminate key findings on priority issues identified by GERPA.

The GERPA/@NGED/PGN workshop was a unique opportunity for GERPA researchers and members of the Arab and Persian gender networks to interact and establish a link for the dissemination of the findings of the research to the wider public and policy makers and to debate the gap between gender economic research in the region on the one hand and the policy intervention and civil society action on the other hand. On the first day of the workshop, the grantees presented ten ongoing GERPA projects to about fifty @NGED, PGN and World Bank representatives ( WORKSHOP PROGRAM ). The presentations emphasized the relevance of the research for the economic policies in the studied countries. The presentations were followed by a thorough and constructive discussion on the impact of the research on policy implementation in the region.

On the second day, the discussion evolved around the possible strategies for the advocacy and dissemination of the research findings to policy makers and the wider public and the identification of the main areas of policy intervention. A number of suggestions were discussed, such as the role of regional and national organizations in the dissemination of the research results, the advocacy within international and regional forums, the role of the media in the dissemination of the research and the possibility of country partnerships for the implementation of the research outcome. Finally, the workshop discussed conceptual and practical recommendations for the second round of studies, which will be launched early June 2008.

The two-day workshop was followed by a press conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The press conference is titled "Gender Economic Research, Policy Makers and Civil Society:  How to Bridge the Gaps?".  The conference gathered media from Arab as well as non-Arab newspapers. The different interventions highlighted the innovative aspect of GERPA and the importance of gender empowerment for the economic development and growth in MENA. Discussants also tackled issues related to the need for capacity enhancement in GENDER and economic research in the MENA region and how gender issues can be linked to economic strategies (Lack of reliable data, how to disseminate the research output, how to address the particular circumstances of women in the region).

For a complete video of the press conference, please visit: www.wilsoncenter.org


Advisory Committee Meeting


 
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