Fafo’s research in the Middle East mainly revolves around people’s living conditions and livelihood strategies and how these are impacted by conflicts and rights. Much of our work has dealt with the situation of refugees. Increasingly, labour market issues and social protection have become central to our research portfolio.
Fafo conducts large-scale national living condition surveys, smaller surveys on more limited populations, opinion polls as well as coping studies benefitting from both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Fafo has also been involved in the design and evaluation of international assistance and relief programs to the region, including in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Our evaluations focus on the assistance given for humanitarian purposes, post-conflict recovery and transformation, but also include aid programs with longer-term, developmental objectives.
Amongst our donors and partners are UN agencies, international humanitarian organizations, national governments and local NGOs. Training and capacity building of partner organizations are frequently crucial elements of our projects.
Guri TyldumA paradise without people
Nerina WeissGood radicals? Trajectories of pro-Kurdish political and militant mobilisation to the wars in Syria, Turkey and Iraq Critical Studies on Terrorism
Jon Pedersen and Åge A. TiltnesYouth in the southern and eastern Mediterranean:
Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Kristian Takvam Kindt og Jacob HøigiltWriting change: Diglossia and popular writing practices in Egypt
Mona ChristophersenAs Divisions Entrench. Is Syria Headed for Permanent Split? IPI Global Observatory
Kjetil Selvik, Jon Nordenson and Tewodros Aragie KebedePrint Media Liberalization and Electoral Coverage Bias in Kuwait The Middle East Journal
Sari Hanafi and Åge A. TiltnesDiscrimination of Palestinian Professionals in Lebanon Journal of Palestine Studies
Sari Hanafi and Åge A. TiltnesThe Employability of Palestinian Professionals in Lebanon: Constraints and Transgression Knowledge, Work and Society
Svein Erik Stave & Åge A. TiltnesCoping Alone: The state of small-scale enterprises and vulnerable workers in Iraq eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic
Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Svein Erik Stave & Maha KattaaFacing Double Crises
Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Svein Erik Stave, Maha Kattaa, and Michaela ProkopImpact of the COVID-19 pandemic on enterprises in Jordan
Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Svein Erik Stave, Maha KattaaRapid assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and small-scale enterprises in Iraq
Tone Sommerfelt, Mark B. TaylorThe big dilemma of small soldiers: Recruiting children to the war in Syria Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre
Svein Erik Stave and Maha KattaaLabour force and unemployment trends among Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians in Jordan: 2010-2014
Kristian Takvam KindtTrapped Outside Politics: Egyptian Independent Unions' Democratizing Dilemma NOREF-report
Å. A. Tiltnes & E. MagembeHousing Situation and Housing Needs Assessment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Åge Arild TiltnesChronic illness in the Palestinian refugee camp population of Jordan