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Transitional Period Policy Research in Syria
Call for Papers
In light of the current events in Syria, the Strategic Research and Communication Centre(SRCC) is launching a competitive call for papers to support innovative, multi-disciplinary,rigorous and high-quality research in the field of transitional governance. The research will bepolicy-focused and will be used by the transitional government, civil society groups andactivists in Syria as sources of knowledge and information to help set evidence-based policyand reform for the transitional period and beyond.The competition is open to all individuals and organizations who have an interest and desire tocontribute to Syria
s future, and may be based anywhere in the world. Only concept notes in Arabic or English will be reviewed.
The SRCC invites submissions that address the focus areas detailed below:
Rule of Law:
Judicial, constitutional and legal reform including election laws, separation of powers, political participation, freedom of the press, human rights laws, and constitutionalcourts system reform.
Developing a process for national reconciliation, fact-findinginvestigations on crimes committed during Assad
s rule and the revolution, issues relating totransitional justice and crimes against humanity.
Armed Forces and Security Services:
Restructuring the armed forces, security agenciesbreakdown, reintegration of security agents and militarized loyalists and setting accountabilitystandards for security services.
: Addressing a wide range of economic issues including poverty,unemployment, trade agreements, FDI, transparency, labour laws and investment.
Political Development and Civic Education:
Building a vibrant civil society, social media andits role in building a democratic society and other areas as well as developing political partiesand accountability of public servants.
Reforming the foundations of Syria
s foreign policy with regard to regional andinternational relations including the peace process. Redefining Syria
s regional positioning aswell as outlook.
Energy Sector Policies:
Reforming oil, natural gas and electricity sectors, transportation,ports, operation, upstream and downstream, securing energy sources and renewable andgreen energy policies.
Health System Reform:
Reforming public health policy and laws governing medical practiceand services, improving service delivery at public and private medical facilities, provide highquality care according to international standards, implementing universal health coverage forcitizens.
Education System Reform:
Reforming the educational system including universityundergraduate and graduate programmes to match international standards. Improvingcurriculums, infrastructure and teaching methods.
Water and Agricultural Policy:
Water governance, managing Syria
s limited water sourcesthrough demand and supply approaches, regional water politics, trans-boundary water issues,improving food production, reforming agricultural subsidies, building new rural institutions andsupport for farmers, developing adaptation and mitigation approaches to climate change.
Restructuring the tourism sector within the national interest and within fair economicpractices, refurbishing historical sites, protecting national architecture and historical artefacts,and tourism marketing.
Worried Syrians Withdraw Bank DepositsPolicy Analysis: Syria and Arab Countries; A General Comparison of the State of Poverty Policy Report: Assessment of Syrian Energy SanctionsPoverty in Syria, Towards a Serious Policy Shift in Combating Poverty Safe Area for Syria: An Assessment of Legality, Logistics and Hazards
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