difi-logoThe Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is organising an international seminar on 2 and 3December 2013 to delve into the various changes affecting the Arab family brought about by population and demographic dynamics. The seminar will also consider the policy implications of these changes.

The seminar will bring together international, regional and national population scientists, policy-makers and researchers involved in the study of the Arab family. The seminar will address five main topics related to Arab families: (i) Marriage and Family Formation; (ii) Trends and Patterns in Fertility and Family Size; (iii) Population Migration and the Family; (iv) Adolescents and the Family and, (v) Intergenerational and Gender Issues Affecting Family Cohesion.

Executive Director at Doha International Family Institue, HE Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, said:

We want to be recognised as a global knowledge leader on issues facing the Arab family through research, policy, and outreach. By  organising the Population Dynamics seminar and providing scientific evidence-based research that sheds light on the changes impacting the Arab family, we are on our way to meeting our main goal to assist the Arab family in fulfilling its role and contributing to the overall growth of society.’

Speaking at the event, along with HE Al Jehani, is a line-up of high-profile scientists and scholars including Mohamed Abdel Ahad, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund’s Regional Director for Arab States, Dr Tarik Youssef, Chief Executive Officer of Silatech, Professor Abla Sibai, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Jamal Al Bah, President of the Arab Family Organisation in Sharjah, UAE, Professor Youssef Courbage, Director of Demographic Studies in Paris, Professor Hoda Rashad, Director of the Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo in Egypt, Professor Carla Makhlouf, Director at the Center for Research on Population from the American University in Beriut, Lebanon, among other prominent figures.

The first day of the seminar will focus on the policy dialogue and the research papers. The policy dialogue will consider the impact of population dynamics on the Arab family and the policy implications. The dialogue will feature a keynote address and a moderated panel discussion on the five selected themes. The research seminar will focus on presenting original high-quality research papers on the Arab family related to the previous five main topics.

Original high-quality research papers on the Arab family will be presented on the second day. As part of the early preparations, DIFI invited scientists and researchers to submit online proposals and there has been an overwhelming response locally, regionally and internationally.

DIFI will produce a research policy note arising from the dialogue, which could form part of the on-going discussions towards the 2014, 20-year follow-up to the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development held in 1984.

Around 150 international and local participants are expected at the seminar. In addition, the seminar will comprise a combination of commissioned and selected contributed high-quality papers from population scientists and researchers. The papers will be edited and published in a book titled ‘The Impact of Population Dynamics on the Arab Family.’

For more information, visit DIFI’s website.