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Can Ration Cards Save Lebanon’s Poor?


An overview of the Ration Cards Program targeting poor and vulnerable households to provide them with financial assistance. Centre for Social Sciences Research & Action

IFIs breaking down social contracts

This infographic shows the impact of World Bank and the International Monetary Fund conditional loans on societies in the MENA region. Centre for Social Sciences Research & Action.

New paper launched at Jordan’s National Forum for Inclusive Social Protection


Yesterday at the Jordan National Forum for Inclusive Social Protection we launched our latest paper ‘Shifting the paradigm: building an inclusive, lifecycle approach to social security system in Jordan’.  The paper was produced as a collaboration between the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development and Development Pathways. Written by Chad Anderson and Anca Pop, it […]

Jordan social contract brief


A summary of the full paper ‘Strengthening the social contract in Jordan: the role of universal social security’. Development Pathways and ARDD

Inclusive social security: an entry point for gender equality in the MENA region


Gender equality in the MENA region is limited. But attempts to improve it could yield substantial benefits for everyone as well as for the economy. A way in which this outcome can be achieved is through inclusive social security. Our infographic below gives an overview of the various positive impacts inclusive, lifecycle social security would […]

In the news – our latest webinar

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We are pleased to see our latest webinar, Exploring economic and fiscal constraints and possibilities, make the news. Click to read the story in Arabic at Al Ghad news. For English speakers, you can find a translation below.  An international workshop, held online yesterday, recommended the need to expand social security and social protection in Jordan, to […]

ISSPF Signature Event: A step forward in making the case for inclusive social security in MENA


By senior social policy specialist Shahir Ishak The Inclusive Social Security Policy Forum (ISSPF) recently led training in inclusive social protection across the MENA region and ‘national days’ – workshops addressing social policy with key actors in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. The event, held in November, explored the key arguments and policy proposals for shifting […]