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Middle East and North Africa

Fafo’s research programme in the Middle East and North Africa region aims to identify the main dynamics of conflict and peace. We place special emphasis on living conditions, how ordinary people cope with and are affected by conflict, and how they contribute to social and political dynamics.


Fafo is active in Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, amongst other countries. In addition to our two local offices in Gaza City and Bethlehem, we cooperate with a number of partner institutions in these countries, including state organizations and NGOs. We regularly carry out research and activities for international organizations, including national Governments, United Nations agencies, bilateral donors and the World Bank.


  • Pedersen, J. & Tiltnes, Å. A. (2017). Youth in the southern and eastern Mediterranean: between informality and precariousness. The Middle East in London, 3(3).

  • Kebede, T. A., Kindt, K. T. & Høigilt, J. (2016). Writing change: Diglossia and popular writing practices in Egypt. Arabica, 63(3-4), 324–376.

  • Christophersen, M. (2016). Jordan and the Syrian refugees. Orient, 1/2016.

  • Cristophersen, M. (2015). Educating Syrian Youth in Jordan: Holistic Approaches to Emergency Response. International Peace Institute.

  • Selvik, K., Nordenson, J. & Kebede, T. A. (2015). Print Media Liberalization and Electoral Coverage Bias in Kuwait. The Middle East Journal, 69(2), 255-276.

  • Solhjell, B. V., Sønsterudbråten, S. & Vestvik, R. (2015). Nytenkning av norsk midtøstenpolitikk. Policy-notat. Agenda.
  • Stave, S. E. & Kattaa, M. (2015). Labour force and unemployment trends among Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians in Jordan: 2010-2014. Analytical paper. ILO and Fafo.
  • Paragi, B. (2015). Divide et Impera? foreign aid interventions in the Middle East and North Africa region. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. Taylor & Francis Online.
  • Kindt, K. T. (2014). Trapped Outside Politics: Egyptian Independent Unions' Democratizing Dilemma. Noref Report July.
  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (2012). Palestinsk ungdom deltar ikke i den arabiske våren. Velferd, 1.

  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (2009). Resignasjon men fortsatt forhandlingsvilje i Gaza. Babylon, 2.

  • Hanafi, S. & Tiltnes, Å. A. (2009). Discrimination of Palestinian Professionals in Lebanon. Journal of Palestine Studies [in Arabic], 77 (Winter), 1-18.

  • Sønsterudbråten, S. (2009). Opportunity to Resist: Palestinian Attitudes towards Rocket Attacks on Israel. VDM Verlag.
  • Hanafi, S. & Tiltnes, Å. A. (2008). The Employability of Palestinian Professionals in Lebanon: Constraints and Transgression. Knowledge, Work and Society, 5(1), 127-150.

  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (2008). Palestinske flyktningers kår i Libanon etter Nahr al-Bared. Babylon, 1, 116-125.

  • Tiltnes, Å. A. & Magembe, E. (2002), Housing Situation and Housing Needs Assessment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Report to UN-HABITAT, Nairobi.
  • Tiltnes, Å. A. et al. (2002). Magnitude and Characteristics of Working Children in Syria. A Report to UNICEF, Syria, Based on a National Household Survey.
  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (2000). Chronic illness in the Palestinian refugee camp population of Jordan: Results from a 1999 household survey. Paper written for the Department of Palestinian Affairs.
  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (1999). Poverty and welfare in the Palestinian refugee camps of Jordan: Portrait of living conditions based on a household survey. Paper presented at the CERMOC symposium "The Palestinian Refugees and UNRWA in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza", Dead See, Jordan.
  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (1998). New head of state in Jordan: The major challenges facing King Abdullah. [in Norwegian]. Tidskrift för mellanösternstudier, 2, 22-46.

  • Tiltnes, Å. A. (1997). Jordanian women's participation in public and political life. Paper presented at the conference "Women and Political Participation in the Arab World", Amman.



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