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Social Justice & Development Policy in the Arab World

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) in collaboration with the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University has launched the Social Justice and Development Policy in the Arab World research initiative to try to further understand through research the many different meanings of the phrase “social justice” and its social and economic policy implications Roughly two years ago, people marched on the streets of the Arab World demanding “Bread. Freedom. Dignity. Social Justice” (In Arabic: e'eish, horreya, karama, a'adala'h ijtima'iya). However, very little empirical work has been done to deconstruct those broad, yet heavily loaded concepts.


The aim of the Social Justice and Development Policy in the Arab World initiative is to refine broad social justice categories and launch regional workshops to further shape our analysis of the meaning of social justice. We plan to hold lectures, panel discussions and roundtables with experts that will define and initiate research. We hope that our program becomes a credible and useful platform to empirically study the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and help policymakers design better, adequate policies in the field of social and economic development.

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Sara Al-Jamal, Project Coordinator​
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