ISDC awarded CEDIL Research Grant to Evaluate a Complex Intervention in Syria

ISDC and the American University of Beirut have been awarded a research grant by CEDIL – Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning to evaluate the long-term impact of a complex agricultural intervention conducted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in acutely conflict-affected Syria.

FAO currently implements a DFID-funded agricultural intervention across government and rebel-held areas in Syria by providing two packages of measures to address both emergency and early recovery needs. The composition, location and timing of the packages varies with the local context, making the intervention complex.

The project has three overarching objectives:

  1. The empirical research objective is to improve our understanding of the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of complex agricultural interventions in protracted humanitarian crises.
  2. The methodological research objective is to adapt existing approaches and test novel approaches for conducting rigorous impact evaluations of complex interventions in these settings.
  3. The communication objective is to draw attention to and inform about the opportunities for impact evaluations of complex interventions in crisis settings and the lessons learnt from evidence of a specific complex intervention.

More information on the project can be found here.

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MEEA Best Paper Award received by Sami H. Miaari

The paper “Should I Trade or Should I Go (to War)?: Lessons from the Second Intifada” by Sami H. Miaari has received the “Best Paper Award” by the Middle East Economic Association. The paper was selected from among all papers presented at MEEA conferences between January 2016 and January 2017.