Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making (RAPP)

Research, Advocacy and Public Policy-making (RAPP) is dedicated to providing informative and productive projects, including public lectures, open panel discussions, conferences, strategic and technical workshops, and the Director’s Policy Series Lectures. The program highlights the role of policy research institutes and scientific evidence in informing policy decisions. In order to address this broad overview of the process of policy-making, the program works through a number of projects: one of them is Human Rights in Arab World project that seeks to create an annotated bibliography in Arab world, and establish a portal to this the annotated bibliography with the relevant human right sources.

Human Rights in the Arab World Project

This project was developed as a collaborative effort in partnership between IFI and Lund University in Sweden, AIHR, in Tunisia. This project seeks to advance the state of knowledge on human rights in light of the relationship between research, advocacy and public policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The project aims to study the discourse, practice, and dissemination of human rights in the Arab world. In particular, the project seeks to find links between human rights and policy-making. The research adopts both macro and micro-cosmic views, with an investigation of broader trends deepened by several case studies of countries in the MENA region. A number of case studies have been conducted so far to best exemplify the link between research and policy-making for a human rights issue that are local, regional, and international. It is our aim to expand our repertoire of these case studies in aims of publishing an edited volume featuring human rights and policy-making in the region.

The Annotated Bibliography for Human Rights in Arab World:

The bibliography aims to reveal and analyze the development of human rights discourse in the Arab world from the core of human rights. It explores the way in which this discourse works and how it develops, as it appears by the writings of human rights advocates, human rights organizations and researchers. The annotated bibliography focuses on Arabic-language books and provides abstracts based on the following:

The annotation should be between 250-500 words

  • Indicate the scope of the text.
  • Mention the main arguments.
  • Determination the research methods (if applicable).
  • Highlight the special features /Shortcomings
  • Provide any conclusions,/Results/Findings.

The annotated bibliography takes three stages to complate its proccess:

  • Stage one: identifying and collating the relevant references: books, reports, training guidelines, books of conferences, symposia, and electronic books. Most of these resources available in the AIHR library and databases and in other human rights organizations, including the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (Egypt), the National Council of Human Rights (Morocco), Birzeit University Law Library in Palestine, and others. In this stage we have collected more than 1700 documents.
  • Stage two; it has focused on the selection of documents to be included and analyzed within the annotated bibliography. A list of the most relevant documents the expertise determined 400 documents that represent the Arabic discourse in human rights area.
  • Stage three; reviewing the material and writing the abstracts for the annotated bibliography. The abstracts will be recorded in a comprehensive database that can be used online as open source information.
  •  Stage four; put the funding in especial portal or website with relevant documents and sources.