Posted on July 22, 2018

Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), both members of Qatar Foundation (QF), have awarded grants to three research proposals that address emerging issues affecting the wellbeing of the Arab family, under their jointly-funded OSRA grant program.

The awarded proposals came from Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar University, and Birzeit University in Palestine, and are the most recent projects to be supported through OSRA, which means ‘family’ in Arabic and is designed to encourage research which can be used to develop a knowledge base on the Arab family. The grant, which is in its third cycle, aims to encourage research that contributes to the development of evidence-based policies and programs on family cohesion, families at risk, and parenthood; and to compile and unify the work of researchers studying and addressing challenges currently facing Arab families across the region.

Specific research priority areas under the third cycle of OSRA included family relationships; patterns of marriage formation; marriage and immigration; social and individual risk factors associated with divorce; and parent-child relationships within Arab families in the context of wars and conflicts, poverty and economic stress, disabilities, domestic violence and internal displacement. The cycle also supported research on parenting styles and practices; parenting and child well-being; father involvement; motherhood; fatherhood; delayed parenthood; transition to parenthood; responsible parenting; and family-related social policies. The call for proposals, launched in December 2017, generated interest from local, regional, and international academic research institutions, with 18 proposals being submitted and subsequently undergoing a highly-competitive review process.

Commenting on the OSRA grant, Ms. Noor Al Malki Al Jehani, Executive Director of DIFI, said, “Through this unique grant, we are enabling research on Arab families and creating an environment where the combined thrust of research theories and practice will offer us a first-hand look into some of the pressing family issues we see in the region today, in turn helping us to come up with more realistic solutions.” Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, said: “QNRF’s collaboration with DIFI continues to build on the success of the previous cycles of OSRA. The outcomes of the past and present research projects supported by this funding initiative have enabled, and will continue to enable, policymakers at DIFI to better understand and address the growing challenges facing families in the Arab world and initiate an in-depth discussion on pressing issues related to Arab families.”

DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and promote evidence-based polices at national, regional, and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

QNRF advances knowledge and education by providing funding opportunities for original and competitively-selected research across all levels and disciplines, with emphasis on the four pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy: energy and environment; computer sciences and ICT; health and life sciences; and social sciences, arts, and humanities.

For more information about the OSRA research grant, and other QNRF and DIFI programs, please visit www.qnrf.org or www.difi.org.qa.

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