Crossroads and Encounters

Isra'a

By Vignesh Ramachandran, Communications Intern Mafraq means crossroads, and it is at the crossroads of many things. Mafraq is this mixture of western town meets Mars-like desert, without all the colour. Its beige buildings seemingly melt into the pale brown desert background under the harsh summer sunlight. Its sparse population was once a trading post at the intersection of highways: Iraq in the east, Syria to the north, and Amman in the South. Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, almost 80,000 Syrian refugees now call Mafraq home, and Mafraq appears once… Read More

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Aya in Lebanon

Sarah Squires, Senior Communications Officer at Generations For Peace Lebanon accommodates over one million registered Syrian refugees; however, the exact figure is estimated to be much more. The country has long played a major role in hosting refugees, dating back to 1948 when many Palestinians fled during the Arab-Israeli conflict. At present, the total number of registered Palestinian refugees living in the country is approximately 450,000. As a result of continued regional tensions, Lebanon faces tremendous societal, economical and political pressures. Today, Syrian refugees struggle to access healthcare services, education and employment… Read More

The Ups and Downs of Mobile Data Collection

By Sairah Yusuf, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Generations For Peace Institute Since May 2016, Generations For Peace (GFP) has used mobile-based data collection methods to survey close to 3500 people across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region – 1241 from 10 communities in Lebanon, 1274 across 24 school-based locales in Jordan, and 1073 across 3 governorates in Tunisia. For the organisation, this has been a massive expansion in terms of data collected via mobiles, and it has brought with it plenty of learning opportunities. Building on both our successes and our… Read More

Trust

By Mark Clark, CEO of Generations For Peace In April, I had the privilege of attending the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington DC, focused on the theme of “Trust”. That theme seems particularly appropriate at this time. In January this year, the seventeenth annual edition of the Edelman “Trust Barometer”, which assessed levels of trust in 28 countries, revealed “the largest-ever drop in trust across the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs”. Trust in media fell precipitously and is at all-time lows in 17 countries, while the government is the least trusted… Read More

Partnering with UNICEF in Jordan

Communications Department, Generations For Peace If you have been keeping a keen eye on our social media channels, you will know that Generations For Peace (GFP) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. A special booklet is now available online and highlights our journey, from passion to impact – do check it out. It was a unique occasion to reflect on all the organisation has achieved to date and that which is yet to come! In the spirit of reminiscing, we started thinking about 2016 – what a busy year it was! From growing partnerships to programme expansions and lots… Read More