Archived Webinar

Aid in Conflict-Affected Borderlands: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

"This session looks at the increasingly challenging situation of Syrian refugees as the Syrian conflict approaches its tenth anniversary next year"

This is the third part of a series on Aid in Conflict-Affected Borderlands, proposed by the X-Border Local Research Network. Watch the first part The Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh and the second part The Transnational Everyday in the Horn of Africa. A partnership between The Asia Foundation, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Carnegie Middle East Center, the X-Border Local Research Network aims to develop a better global understanding of conflict and fragility in the borderlands of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The program is supported by the UK government.

This session is part of the Fragility Forum 2020 Virtual Series.

About the Presenters

Maha Yahya

Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

Maha Yahya (@mahamyahya) is the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her work focuses broadly on political violence and identity politics, pluralism, development and social justice after the Arab uprisings, the challenges of citizenship, and the political and socio-economic implications of the migration/refugee crisis. Prior to joining Carnegie, Ms. Yahya led work on Participatory Development and Social Justice at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). She was previously regional adviser on social and urban policies at UN-ESCWA and spearheaded strategic and inter-sectoral initiatives and policies in the Office of the Executive Secretary, which addressed the challenges of democratic transitions in the Arab world. Yahya has also worked with the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon, where she was the director and principal author of The National Human Development Report 2008–2009: Toward a Citizen’s State.

Rouba Mhaissen

Founder and Director, Sawa for Development and Aid

Rouba Mhaissen (@roubamhaissen) is a Syrian-Lebanese economist, activist, community mobiliser, and development practitioner who works on development issues in the MENA region, particularly forced migration and the Syrian refugee crisis. She is the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid (founded in 2011), a non-profit organization that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK, that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. She received her B.A. in Economics from the American University of Beirut, her MSc in Development from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil/PhD in Gender and Economic Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She also holds two degrees in exponential technologies from Singularity University. Dr. Mhaissen has worked as a freelance consultant and a researcher/teaching fellow in a range of issues pertaining to education, violence, conflict, activism, and forced migration, among others.

Samar Muhareb

Co-founder and CEO, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Samar Muhareb (@SamarMuhareb) is the co-founder and the CEO of the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development – ARDD, a Jordanian NGO which she co-founded in 2008, in response to the Iraqi Refugee Crisis. Having worked as a lawyer and aid worker in many international organizations such as Oxfam-GB for many years prior, she realized that one of the most urgent needs refugees and marginalized individuals and communities face is access to justice regardless of status. With over 15 years of experience in working for the international aid community, she developed experience in the field of human rights, refugee affairs, humanitarian response, and women’s empowerment in Jordan and the Middle East. In addition, she actively supports initiatives focusing on environmental justice in the region. She has been recognized for her efforts towards furthering social justice and strengthening the role of civil society and was awarded the TAKREEM Arab World Young Entrepreneur Award in 2011.

Target Audience

Practitioners and general public

Questions Submitted


- Jul 24, 2021
Topic is interesting.

jose luis

- Jun 17, 2021
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- Jan 12, 2021

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Oct 15, 2020
The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

Mohammad Nadir

- Aug 16, 2020
Good topic!
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