It was around this time a year ago, when I gave away the keys of my newly renovated apartment back to its owner. After having lived in the U.S. for more than 12 years, I had decided to return home…

رنين حسونة |

© Lina Zdruli Amir Awaad was dreaming of gold. The 18-time national wrestling champion trained all his life to represent his native Syria at the Olympics. His dream turned into fantasy when Amir…

Lina Zdruli |

Children from Gwoza, an area within Borno State, North East, Nigeria. Photo by: Nabil Shaiban/World Bank Her tears remain vivid in my mind. She was one of so many young Nigerian kids that we met…

Nabil Ali Shaiban |

While increasing their tourism knowledge through trainings and hikes, participants were also able to connect and build relationships with one another. © Raneen Hasuna/World Bank If you have been…

رنين حسونة, Mona Niebuhr |

Citizen Engagement (CE) mechanisms are most effective when the operating environment is conducive. A well-informed citizenry, an enabling regulatory framework, such as freedom of association,…

Najat Yamouri |

"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending…

Xavier Devictor, Quy-Toan Do |

IDPs in North-East Nigeria. Photo by Immanuel Afolabi,  The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University Oumar (not his real name) lives with his parents and six younger siblings…

Rachid Benmessaoud |

With the war in Syria in its sixth year, concerns over the plight of Syrian refugees continue to capture the world’s attention. In addition to this great tragedy, their hosts in neighboring…

Saroj Kumar Jha |