From Relief and Works to Human Development: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees after 60 years

16 December 2010

16 December 2010
 
December 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of UNRWA: an occasion for sober reflection but also an opportunity to assess the Agency‘s challenges and achievements during six decades of work alongside millions of Palestine refugees.

Within this framework, UNRWA and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) organised an international conference on October 8 and 9 2010. The conference assembled a critical body of academic and policy research around UNRWA‘s six-decade-long experience in supporting Palestine refugees.

Full conference programme (PDFs): English | Arabic

Conference day 1: Opening session | Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3

Conference day 2: Panel 1 | Panel 2 | Panel 3 | Panel 4

Read / download Full conference summary (PDF)

Media coverage (all PDFs): Al-Akhbar [1] | Al-Akhbar [2] | As-Safir | Daily Star | Mid East Monitor

Side events (all links are PDFs)

Opening session

Karim Makdisi, Maya Majzoub, Abdullah Abdullah, Filippo Grandi
(L-R) Karim Makdisi, Maya Majzoub, Abdullah Abdullah, Filippo Grandi

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Meeting challenges in programmes and service delivery

Jihad Makhoul, Roger Davies, Mahmoud Hanafi, Ali Khader, Raja Deeb, Alex Pollock
(L-R) Jihad Makhoul, Roger Davies, Mahmoud Hanafi, Ali Khader, Raja Deeb, Alex Pollock

Discussant: Jihad Makhoul, Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, AUB
Chair: Roger Davies, Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs, Lebanon

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Protection: from concept to practice

Muhammad AbuBakr, Laurent Chapuis, Mark Brailsford, Chareen Stark, Elizabeth Ferris, Susan Akram, Lance Bartholomeusz
(L-R) Muhammad AbuBakr, Laurent Chapuis, Mark Brailsford, Chareen Stark, Elizabeth Ferris, Susan Akram, Lance Bartholomeusz

Discussant: Susan Akram, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Chair: Lance Bartholomeusz, Chief, International Law Division, Department of Legal Affairs, UNRWA

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Governance: the camps and UNRWA

Anies Al Hroub, Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg, Sari Hanafi, Wajeeh Azayzeh
(L-R) Anies Al Hroub, Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg, Sari Hanafi, Wajeeh Azayzeh

Discussant: Jalal Al Husseini, Institut Francais du Proche Orient (IFPO), Amman
Chair: Anies Al Hroub, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, AUB

  • The Politics of UNRWA Camp Construction (PDF)
    Kjersti Gravelsaeter Berg, PhD candidate, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen
  • UNRWA and Governance Practices in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian Territory
    Sari Hanafi
    , Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, AUB
    paper | presentation (PDFs)
  • Governance in Jordan Camps
    Ahmad Rawashdeh, Chief of studies section, Department of Palestinian Affairs, Amman
    paper | presentation (PDFs)

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Civic participation and community engagement

Discussant: Dawn Chatty, University Reader in Anthropology and Forced Migration and Deputy Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Chair: Nasser Yassin, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, AUB

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Camp improvement / reconstruction and community development

Phillip Misselwitz, Mona Budeiri, Fatima Al-Nammari, Lucas Oesch, Mona Fawaz, Rana Hassan
(L-R) Phillip Misselwitz, Mona Budeiri, Fatima Al-Nammari, Lucas Oesch, Mona Fawaz, Rana Hassan

Discussant: Phillip Misselwitz, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Chair: Mona Fawaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Design, AUB

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Palestinian refugees and durable solutions: a role for UNRWA

Rex Brynen, Robert Dann, Michael Dumper, Lex Takkenberg, Jaber Suleiman, Leila Hilal, Ali Mustafa
(L-R) Rex Brynen, Robert Dann, Michael Dumper, Lex Takkenberg, Jaber Suleiman, Leila Hilal, Ali Mustafa

Discussant: Michael Dumper, Professor, University of Exeter
Chair: Lex Takkenberg, Chief, Ethics Office, Department of Internal Oversight Services, UNRWA

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Reflections on the Palestinian refugee regime

Jeff Crisp, Karen AbuZayd, Sari Hanafi, Filippo Grandi, Margot Ellis, Filippo Grandi
(L-R) Jeff Crisp, Karen AbuZayd, Sari Hanafi, Filippo Grandi, Margot Ellis, Filippo Grandi

Chair: Karen AbuZayd, Former Commissioner General, UNRWA

  • Jeff Crisp, Head, Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit, UNHCR paper

Issam Fares Institute website

Special Refugee Survey Quarterly issue focuses on UNRWA

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