The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), member of Qatar Foundation, has launched the ‘Population Dynamics’ Seminar today.

Hosting a number of international and regional scholars, scientists, and policy makers to discuss the various changes affecting the Arab Family brought about by population and demographic dynamics, DIFI’s seminar takes place on the 2 and 3December 2013.

HE Dr Saleh bin Mohammed Al Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, and HE Abdullah bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chairperson of DIFI, and HE Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, in addition to a number of leading speakers and stakeholders specialised in Arab Family issues, opened the seminar at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) this morning.

HE Al Nabit, Minister of Development Planning and Statistics, delivered the opening key-note speech, which was preceded by a welcome note from HE Abdullah bin Nasser Al Khalifa, Chairperson of DIFI. Mohamed Abdel Ahad, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund’s Regional Director for Arab States, addressed the attendees during the opening session.

Commenting on the event, HE Al Jehani said:

The main purpose of organising this seminar is to shed the light on the changes impacting the Arab family, in order to create a solid base for the policy-making process, which we believe will meet the needs of today’s Arab family. We trust these policies will assist the Arab family in fulfilling its role and contributing to the overall growth of the society.’

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, are participating in the event.

The seminar is addressing 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.

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

For more information, visit DIFI’s website or check out Marhaba’s post DIFI to Hold Seminar to Delve into Changes Affecting Arab Families.