Anis Ben Brik, PhD
Professor of Social Policy & Evaluation
Professor and founding director of the Program for Social Policy Evaluation and Research (PROSPER) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Public Policy, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. My research focuses on comparative welfare systems, evaluation, family policy, child welfare, and social protection. I am the Middle East and North Africa Regional Organizing Partner of the United Nations NGO Major Group.
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This book critically reflects on the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by exploring the impact and possible future outcomes in a region already struggling with the effects of a decade of uprisings, failed or difficult political transitions, state collapses, civil war and international conflict. International scholars offer a comprehensive treatment of today's major societal issues and provide a unique, broadly comparative view on public policy responses in the MENA region. Addressing the implications and public policy responses to the crisis, they bring a critical perspective to the emerging challenges of evidence-based policy-making; the locus of authority in transnational issues; the nature of governance; and the role of government and implications for civil society. Tackling the psychology, sociology, education, law, and public policy issues related to the social and economic implications of the COVID 19 pandemic, this book will be of interest to scholars and students alike.