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ERF Competition Award for Policy Briefs

ERF is pleased to invite submissions of original Policy Briefs with the highest potential of addressing a socio-economic policy issue or a topic related to development broadly, drawing on substantiated research findings. This competition is open to ERF and non-ERF affiliates. The best 5 policy briefs will be selected for wide dissemination and awarded $1,000 each. The deadline for submission is November 30th, 2014.
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Ahmed Galal Speech at the Atlantic Council

Dr. Ahmed Galal, ERF Managing Director, tackles Egypt's economic and political reforms in a meeting at the Atlantic Council, Washington D.C. on September 10, 2014. Watch the video»

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Recent Events
The Economics of Informality in the ERF Region

The ERF held a workshop on “The Economics of Informality in the ERF Region” on August 31st 2014 at the Marriott Cairo Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. In an attempt to understand the trends, causes and dynamics of informality in the MENA region, ERF launched a call for proposals in the context of the 14th round of the ERF-GDN Regional Research Compe­tition. ERF received 12 proposals, out of which the refereeing committee selected 8 projects for funding. The objective of the workshop was to provide a platform for discussing the draft papers and their preliminary findings among authors and experts in order to improve the final output. The workshop also intended to promote interaction between researchers with interest in the topic.

For more details, check out our twitter account @ERFlatest and blog posts at www.erfblog.org
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The Jordanian and Egyptian Labor Markets in a New Era, June 5, 2014, Amman, Jordan

As many countries struggle to construct economic policy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a dynamic analysis of MENA labor markets is particularly important. The work carried out by ERF based on the data from the labor market panel surveys for Egypt and Jordan adds substantial value to better understand the forces driving labor market dynamics, and identifying policy priorities. This seminar, held on June 5, 2014, comparatively tackled cross-cutting issues in both the Jordanian and Egyptian Labor markets, including labor market structure and dynamics in the two countries, gender issues in the labor market, a comparison of job accession, separation and mobility, and a comparison of labor supply and the role of the youth bulge. Read our blog for the seminar coverage

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Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Spring semester of 2015.  The application deadline for fellowships is September 30th 2014. 
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GDN Call for Proposals
GDN invites researchers/research teams to submit proposals (English or French) to undertake a systematic study on issues of Natural Resource Management and Natural Wealth Accounting in three countries: Morocco, Mauritius and Madagascar. Through this Call for Proposals, GDN intends to provide 2 to 3 research grants, up to a maximum of US $ 20,000 per study depending on the scope of the study. The deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014. 
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The 21st Annual Research Conference, The American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo (AUC) will be hosting its annual research conference on the MENA region and post-2015 development agenda on March 16th-18th, 2015. Authors are invited to contribute to the conference by submitting abstracts that contain sound research results in the form of full papers, case studies, or survey work that tackle problems related to social inclusion, human development, sustainability and governance and regional and global integration by 30th of October 2014, to auc.conf2015@aucegypt.edu.
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