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  • Reply to: Disabled and Forcibly Displaced   21 hours 34 min ago

    Thanks Omer for this important blog post. You flag the situation of persons with disabilities in situations of conflict and correctly point out that this population is often neglected might I add - even during the best of times. As you note there is much that we can do in our work to ensure that this population is included in all development efforts. One basic step is to recognize that they are part of the population and then look at tailoring support for all with the necessary accommodations persons with disabilities might require.
    Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo

  • Reply to: Preparing for the Future: Coordinating Syrian refugees and the diaspora   1 month 2 days ago

    Dear colleagues,
    Let me first congratulate and thank you for addressing some of the crucial issues facing the people of Syria. I was born and finished secondary school in Iraq and live since 1960 in Germany, where I accomplished my university studies and spent all my professional live in the field of International Development Cooperation. Since a few years I am working voluntarily in the field of migration, assisting refugees from Arab countries to organise their daily live and overcome cultural barriers to enter into the German society. On the other hane, I assist German professionals and voluntary workers in this field to strengthen their intercultural capabilities to deal better and more effectively with the refugees.
    Having introduced my work briefly, I wish to express my wish to get in contact with you and particularly to participate in the conference that you are planning to hold early 2017 in Frankfurt, my hometown.
    Please let me know with whom can / should I communicate (email address). Then, if desired, we could enter in a dialogue on conceptual and practical issues related to the problems, that our people and our countries are suffering from. Since I am also in touch with diaspora organisations, I might be able to assist to a certain extent in the organisation of the planned conference in Frankfurt.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards and wishes


  • Reply to: Education reform to create entrepreneurs   1 month 2 weeks ago

    The majority of Arab youth, as elsewhere, will not be entrepreneurs unless you take into consideration no-tech and lo-tech definitions as well as the importance of the informal economy [see Peace through Entrepreneurship by Steven Koltai]. Education has to be broadly defined to include vo-tech where there are a significant number of jobs if employees are fairly compensated and treated. It is an overstatement to say that education for entrepreneurship is somehow a magic bullet. For those of us who work in the weeds, a lot more has to happen for even 25% of youth to have those opportunities. For those who have the motivation and options, but it is hard to conceive of entrepreneurship as the tide that raises all boats for youth in the MENA and Africa.

  • Reply to: Yemen: so critically short of water in war that children are dying fetching it   1 month 2 weeks ago

    Hello Farouk, I would like to discuss this topic further with you for an academic report. Can you please contact me at ?

    I can't find your contact details anywhere.

  • Reply to: Education in Yemen Struggles after More than a Year of Conflict   1 month 3 weeks ago

    Yemen's education system, first and foremost, suffers from deep-rooted corruption that permeates throughout its structure, both horizontally and vertically. Due to corruption, financial resources are mismanaged, not enough schools are built, and many of those built are sub-standards, with no facilities for scientific, sport, and cultural activities. Also, and due to corruption, low quality people are hired as teachers without being properly screened for qualifications and skills, as they are hired mostly because of favoritism and nepotism. Exams are faked,, etc, etc, and we can go on and on with the list of corruption issues in the education sector in Yemen, and their dire consequences. I am truly amazed that you have not made even the slightest hint about corruption in Yemen and its impact on education, generally speaking, and in particular internal corruption in the education sector itself. What you have mentioned in the article are in fact the symptoms of decay in the sector, not the root causes. I think that until the issue of corruption and intentional mismanagement in the sector (at the very least) are not solved at the root, no progress of substance in the education sector in Yemen will ever be achieved. Whatever resources poured in the sector will simply go down the drains. It is as simple as that. As you well know, the symptoms you've mentioned are the same ones we read about 10 years ago, and back then were the same ones we read 20 years earlier on, and we will still mention those same issues 10, 20, and even 30 years from now. Not speaking of the corruption issue is with all regret as simple as like burying the head in the sand. If there has been some progress made in the education sector in Yemen it is only in terms of rough quantity (against quality and results), and the progress caused by some private sector investments (and even that should be gauged in relative terms).

    Adel Mansour
    Senior Project Officer
    SMED - Small and Micro Enterprises Development unit
    Social Fund for Development - Yemen
    Skype: adelmansouryemen
    Cell/Watsapp: 00967 711 867 202