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Arab Research Support Programme I

In December 2011, ARI launched the Arab Research Support Programme (ARSP), which aimed to promote through financial grants quality research in Arab countries in order to guide policy debates and empower individuals and new institutions. In the first round of the ARSP, a total 28 individual researchers and 9 organisations were funded through the programme.

The research undertaken by individual grantees focused on the themes of democratic transformation and its obstacles in various Arab countries. The research also touched upon topics that have long been neglected, including feminist movements and comparative religious orientations. This research implemented by young scholars from the region, marked by their ethnic, religious, geographic diversity, is a prelude to important research projects in the future. The research supported by the ARSP in its first round includes articles, research papers, and scientific books across the social sciences, dealing with sensitive issues rarely investigated by MENA scholars. The courage of young people that emerged is necessary to give the region’s scientific research a new stream of creative energy. In terms of institutions, grants were distributed to media initiatives that promote alternative investigative or scientific analysis. Grants also benefited community-based initiatives in countries currently undergoing transformation processes, as well as pioneering initiatives with regards to cultural policies. 

As part of the ARSP, ARI publishes the supported research in its original language.

Salam Kawakibi, ARI Deputy Director, led this project.

A second round of the ARSP commenced in 2014, for more information please refer to the Arab Research Support Programme II page.

The ARSP support the following individuals in its first round:

  • Doha Abd El Gawad
  • Ahmed Abd Rabou
  • Asma Abdelkarim
  • Nart Abdulkareem
  • Heba Abou Shnief
  • Eyad al-Abdullah
  • Khalil al-Anani
  • Ismail Alexandrani
  • Lydia Ali
  • Maher Akhttiar
  • Mohammad Ayoub
  • Riham Bahi & Jan Volkel
  • Sofian Bouhdiba
  • Youssef El Chazli
  • Asya El Meehy
  • Aly El Raggal
  • Issam Erajouani
  • Georges Fahmi
  • Zahia Faraj al Manfi
  • Nael Georges
  • Driss Lagrini
  • Habiba Mohsen
  • Asma Nouira
  • Haneen Suleiman
  • Hind ِAhmed Zaki

And supported the following organisations:

Project Publications
Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East
At a time of protracted transition in Egypt, Ahmed Abd Rabou offers an alternative that calls for self-learning, negotiation and engagement from civilians, politicians and security actors.
Ahmed Abd Rabou
Standards of Disability in Arab Society
Standards of Disability in Arab Society
Until recently, people with disabilities in the Arab world have lived largely in the shadows, a silent sector lacking the opportunity to express their demands or discuss their needs. There are no medical, social, economic, legal, or political mechanisms in the region for discussing how disability is defined, or effectively explaining who disabled individuals are; this ambiguity in standards, which allows people to be divided into healthy and unhealthy categories, act as a mechanism of veiled oppression.
Maher Akhttiar