February 24 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
In Partnership with ASPA’s Ad Hoc Pandemic Committee
Administrative and policy analysis of COVID-19 impacts on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and how governments responded has been limited. Webinar participants will discuss results from the menatracker.org project, a project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund. This project tracked government responses to the pandemic in 12 MENA countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. Categorized by policy sector (economy, public health and social welfare), this project found significant differences in the policy and administrative responses and interventions of the surveyed countries. In concert with one of Qatar’s leading epidemiologists and public health experts, this webinar will discuss the project’s framework, methods, policy and administrative relevance, and the opportunities, challenges, and surprises that were discovered along the way. Particular emphasis will be laid on the aspects of (in)equality and social innovation. The implications of this comparative study for policymakers and public managers both within the MENA region and around the world will also be shared.
Anis Ben Brik, Associate Professor, College of Public Policy, Hamad Ben Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
Kim Moloney, Moderator, Assistant Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha
Ozcan Ozturk, Assistant Professor, College of Public Policy, Hamad Ben Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
Andreas Rechkemmer, Professor, College of Public Policy, Hamad Ben Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar
Mohamud Verjee, Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar, Cornell University
Date & Time: Thursday, February 24th, 1pm to 2pm EST.