Centre for Development Studies

UNICEF Database on Social Policy Expertise in the MENA Region

October 2016 - August 2017

Principle Investigator: Dr Rana Jawad 

Research Team:
Jonathan Dawes
, Director of Bath IMI and Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Christopher Hallsworth, Teaching Fellow, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Jason Hart, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Jordon Tchilingirian, Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Social & Policy Sciences. 


This is a consultancy project 

Quick links 

Take the online survey (English) 

Download the survey (French) 

Download the survey (Arabic) 

UNICEF MENA regional office 

MENA Social Policy Network 

Institute for Mathematical Innovation 

Overview of the project

Social Policy issues have been the subject of significant policy interest in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) region in the last decade. In an effort to support this field of expertise and connect with experts who can help direct policy-making in this region, the UNICEF MENA regional office (MENARO, based in Amman, Jordan) has commissioned the University of Bath (UK) to develop a database of expertise on social policy in MENA. 

We will identify individuals and institutions with social policy expertise relevant to UNICEF’s work in MENA through a variety of methods including questionnaires and interviews, mapping of networks and literature reviews. Using the information gathered, we will then produce a comprehensive regional mapping of individuals and institutions in the MENA region who specialise in the following areas
  • child poverty
  • social protection
  • public finance for children
  • decentralisation and local governance. 
This will be a first-of-its-kind, publicly available and searchable online resource which will be hosted and administered by the MENA Social Policy Network (MENASP) and the Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI) at the University of Bath.
If you have relevant expertise and would like to be included in this database or can recommend other experts and institutions who can be included, please complete the survey. Experts will be asked to include relevant publications or examples of your expertise in the survey. Please note that the personal information you provide about your expertise will be entered into a secure database that will be available to the wider public. Any information that you provide about your wider research connections will remain confidential since its purpose is to help us identify other experts and where the gaps in social policy expertise in the MENA region lie. 

Intended outputs and impacts

This programme of work will deliver:

  • A detailed inception report to UNICEF (completed) 
  • An interim report to UNICEF 
  • A publicly searchable database
  • An analytical report to UNICEF 
This will contribute directly to an improvement in the quality of UNICEF’s social policy work in the region by facilitating partnerships with experts or centres of expertise in the region. It will promote networking within and between countries in the region and will also give pointers for targeted capacity strengthening. 

For further information about this project:

For general enquiries: menamap@bath.ac.uk 

For specific enquiries: Principle Investigator Dr. Rana Jawad or the UNICEF technical advisor for the project Mr. Arthur van Diesen