Upcoming webinars on COVID-19 and South-South and Triangular Cooperation

This upcoming week,  join  two webinars  1) Socio-economic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Developing Countries and Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation 2) International Cooperation Amid the Pandemic: Joint Solutions for Public Health

Information below:

Socio-economic Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Developing Countries and Role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation |7 May 2020 (8:30 am New York, 9:30 pm Seoul)
To join the webinar, please click on the Zoom link here. 

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to economies and societies globally. Aside from putting enormous strains on the health sectors, it has also sparked fears of an impending socio-economic crisis and a global recession, which is likely to be much worse for developing countries. 

This webinar, jointly organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), brings together think tanks from the South, who are members of the South-South Global Thinkers initiative, to share their country and regional insights and diverse perspectives on: 1) social and economic impact, risks and implications of COVID-19 in their respective country/region; 2) socio-economic measures that have been put (or should be put) in place by government;  and 3) the role of South-South and triangular cooperation in mitigating those risks. The aim of this webinar is to contribute to a global exchange of experiences that could increase understanding of the challenges and solutions, improve the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary responses, and leverage cooperation amongst countries, including through South-South and triangular cooperation.

Following the presentations from the panellists, there will be a Q&A session during which it will be possible to ask questions and further discuss lessons learned.


Moderator: Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC

  • Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC & Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation New York, United States (Opening Remarks)
  • Mr. Kithmina Hewage is a Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Gala Díaz Langou is the Social Protection Program Director at the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), Argentina
  • Mr. Chukwuka Onyekwenya is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA), Nigeria
  • Mr. Balazs Horvath, Senior Economic and Strategic Advisor on Belt and Road Initiative, UNDP China
  • Mr. Stephan Klingebiel, Director of USPC, Republic of Korea (Conclusions)

International Cooperation Amid the Pandemic: Joint Solutions for Public Health
7 May 2020 (11 am New York, 12 pm/noon Brasilia)
Click the YouTube link here to join 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the weaknesses in public health policies around the world, even in developed countries. However, developing nations can be affected even more devastatingly by the crisis. The lack of structure and resources for responses makes collapses in health systems a reality. 

With the objective of exploring the theme, presenting solutions to public managers, and informing the general public, the Brazil Africa Institute is organizing a  webinar on “International Cooperation Amid the Pandemic: Joint Solutions for Public Health”. The webinar will be broadcast live and in English on the Brazil Africa Institute’s YouTube channel.

The dialogue will be attended by the following speakers:

  • Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Mr. Roberto Cláudio, Mayor of Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Ms. Olive Shisana, Social Policy Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa
  • Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
  • Moderator: Professor João Bosco Monte, President, Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF)

The dialogue will be focused on the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences, especially in the countries that make up the global South. Participants will be able to talk about the impacts that the coronavirus has left on health systems and how international cooperation can help nations overcome the crisis.

The webinar will be open to the public. The information and updates will be carried out on the social networks of the Instituto Brasil África, as well as of the organizations that will be participating.

Perspectives on the rebel social contract: Exit, voice, and loyalty in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Read the paper titled : Perspectives on the rebel social contract: Exit, voice, and loyalty in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Abstract: this article considers the concept of the rebel social contract by examining the case of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The concept of the social contract is a cornerstone of political theory and is increasingly invoked in discussions of civil war and authoritarian regimes, when prospective rulers offer political protections and social benefits in return for the allegiance of citizens. The social contract is often assumed to exist, but is rarely evaluated empirically. It remains difficult to distinguish between political stability derived from consent and stability derived from coercion and domination given their observational equivalence. Civil wars, in which rebel groups seek to supplant the state, provide opportunities to observe the construction and negotiation of new social contracts. The article uses Hirschman’s exit/voice/loyalty typology to develop a qualitative empirical method for evaluating evidence of the rebels’ “offer” of a social contract to civilians and their acceptance or rejection of that offer. We demonstrate this method by applying it to the case of IS using evidence including official IS documents, social media posts from within IS-controlled territory, and interviews with individuals who have personally experienced IS governance. We conclude that while IS leadership wanted to gain voluntary assent, most of the civilian response to IS rule suggested domination and authoritarian forms of social-contract building. This finding is illustrative of the analytical and methodological challenges involved in studying the social contract in rebel governance and the importance of considering domination, not just reciprocity, as the foundation for political order.

Click here to read the full paper.

Invitation to Webinar: COVID-19 Experience of Countries Ahead of the Global Curve: Country-to-Country

Join the COVID-19 Experience of Counties Ahead of the Global Curve: Country-to Country Learning & South-South Cooperation webinar on April 30, 2020.

To join the webinar and register online, please click here

More information below: 

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has since the first outbreak in December 2019 become a global pandemic, spreading to more than 182 countries and territories. It has become clear that the impact of COVID-19 goes far beyond the immediate challenges that the health sector is facing. Governments’ responses require a complex mix of health, social protection and economic measures.

Examples from around the world are emerging of how governments are responding and continuously adapting their measures to this unprecedented situation as well as to mitigate the secondary impacts of the pandemic, including disruption of health services and socioeconomic effects. Although scarcely four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons are already emerging from countries, both from those who were more successful in stemming the COVID-19 outbreak as well as those that had to deal with a full-blown pandemic.

This webinar, organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the support of the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), seeks to promote sharing of experiences and emerging lessons learned from different countries responding to COVID-19. Panellists and participants of the webinar will share insights and perspectives on: 1) the overall Covid-19 situation in their respective country 2) overall response and management of the epidemic; 3) social protection and economic measures that have been put in place to support vulnerable populations; 4) lessons learned and recommendations; and 5) opportunities for South-South knowledge sharing and cooperation. The aim of this webinar is to contribute to a global exchange of experiences that could increase understanding of the challenges and solutions, improve the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary responses, and leverage cooperation amongst countries, including through South-South and triangular cooperation.

For details, visit South-South Galaxy.

Presenters: following the presentations from the panelists, there will be a Q&A session during which it will be possible to ask questions and further discuss lessons learned.

  • Mr. Jorge Chediek, Director of UNOSSC and Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation
  • Mr. Mihir Bhatt, Director of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), India
  • Mr. Taidong Zhou, Head of Global Development Division, Center for International Knowledge on Development (CIKD), China
  • Prof. Young June Choe, Department of preventive medicine, Hallym University, Republic of Korea
  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC

Moderator: Ms. Martha Santos, Programme Manager, South-South/Horizontal Cooperation, UNICEF

Prioritizing jobs during COVID-19 in MENA

Summary:  one of the repercussion of the spread of COVID-19 is an unprecedented freeze of work and production, leading to a slow demand for good and services, reduced supply of inputs, tightening liquidity and raising uncertainty.   These circumstances might be especially challenging for MENA and highlight the importance of supporting workers and businesses and propel the digital economy forward.  Read more about this issue in the article “Prioritizing jobs during COVID-19 in MENA” posted on the World Bank Blog on April, 2020 below.

You can also read the paper titled “Social Protection and Jobs Responses to COVID-19: A Real- Time Review of Countries Measures” attached at the end of this blog.

Prioritizing jobs during COVID-19 in MENA

Dalal Moosa & Federica Saliola | April 15, 2020

Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it. While the health impacts are still uncertain, the recovery may present countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with an opportunity to revamp economic systems, reach out to more workers and businesses, and propel their digital economy.

The virus impacts jobs through its effect on labor supply, particularly through worker health and mobility, and its effect on business activity. It is slowing down demand for goods and services, reducing the supply of inputs, tightening liquidity, and raising uncertainty. This may be especially challenging for MENA for several reasons:

  • State dominance of economic activity and limited competition have weakened the private sector. Informal economic activity is rampant in terms of production (estimated at 16-35% of GDP) and employment (estimated at 50-74% of those employed). This is amplified by the fact that many in the region work in the service sector, which is significantly affected.
  • The region’s digital economy is still in its infancy: businesses and people encounter obstacles putting technology to productive use.
  • The region relies on imports, estimated at 39% of GDP, a share higher than any other developing region, while the share of food in imported merchandise, at 12%, is also the highest. Shocks to global value chains can have severe consequences on consumption and food security.
  • The plunge in oil prices affects MENA’s oil-exporting countries by reducing the value of their exports and constraining their fiscal space.

These factors make it more necessary than ever to support workers and businesses and propel the digital economy forward.

Cushioning the economic downturn

Supporting workers

Governments have relied on expanding social assistance to alleviate the shock. Jordan and Tunisia, for example, are extending cash transfers to new households. While these measures are important, they highlight the need for reforms.

Social safety nets remain small, at about 1% of the region’s GDP (versus 1.5% in Latin America and the Caribbean and 2.2% in Europe and Central Asia), despite high poverty and vulnerability rates. Expanding them, and eventually improving their targeting, will be crucial.

Unemployment benefit schemes have not been effective, especially due to high informal employment, which restricts their source of funding. This has left governments scrambling to identify and reach out to informal workers. Some have turned to innovative solutions, such as supporting RAMED-card holders in Morocco. GCC countries appear be better positioned, using accumulated funds to support wages, as in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia could also expand its (non-contributory) unemployment assistance scheme, Hafiz, one of the few in the region.

Governments could also reach workers by expanding their wage support measures, making sure, at the same time, that the region’s already small, formal private sector does not disappear. Some programs, such as those in Algeria and Tunisia, could be expanded.

Governments could also waive social security contributions, potentially a cheaper option, as in Jordan and Morocco.

These systems, however, all suffer from capacity issues. Reforms in the short term could lay the foundations to strengthen their design and effectiveness over the long run.

Looking after businesses and stimulating them

Only GCC countries appear to have begun targeting businesses, likely due to their better fiscal space. Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE are taking steps to preserve their private sector, from deferring loan installments for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to providing wider exemptions for rent and utilities.

Other countries must follow suit. This is important because of the large shareof microenterprises and SMEs in the private sector and the share of workers employed by them.

This could also be an opportune time to tackle the root challenges the private sector faces, namely: (1) limited market contestability, calling for fair competition; (2) limited access to the capital that is often channeled to large firms, calling for financial sector development, including fintech and digital payments; and (3) the limited technological capacity of firms, calling for digital transformation, which could also allow businesses to adapt faster to the new reality of social distancing.

Investing in digital transformation

The COVID-19 crisis is set to amplify the adoption of new technologies.

The region can ramp up its response capacity through digital technology, with many governments already considering direct financial transfers to households and small businesses. A well-functioning ecosystem of digital government-to-person (G2P) payments can make these transfers more effective and inclusive.

Digital technology is also improving people’s ability to work from home and raising the operational resilience of businesses. It is also playing an important role in access to health.

Beyond the current outbreak, investing in the digital economy would enable MENA to transform itself economically and create jobs. Success stories, such as the ride-hailing app Careem and online marketplace Souq — already bought by international giants — have put the region’s technology industry on the map for global investors.

Yet much remains to be done to seize these opportunities and build the digital infrastructure needed.

The region has some of the world’s most underserved internet users: per 100 inhabitants it has fewer than 10 broadband subscriptions, in contrast to 120 mobile phone subscriptions. Bandwidth is limited, so while many citizens are active on social media, the internet is rarely used for launching new enterprises. Digital finance has barely any presence, and digital G2P is also limited.

New measures and their budgetary implications will, of course, depend on each country’s priorities and its fiscal space.  But if short-term initiatives link to medium- and long-term objectives, they might better serve the region’s people, private sector, and overall economy.

Read the paper “Social Protection and Jobs Responses to COVID-19:  A Real -Time Review of Country Measures”, published on April 3rd, 2020.






Call for Proposals: Boosting economic growth and development by closing gender gaps in Southern Cone Countries

Best Practices and inclusive research in the Southern Cone Countries

The Inter-American Development Bank invites proposal on “Boosting economic growth and development by closing gender gaps in Southern Cone Countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay)”.   This call aims to 1) support proposal that contribute to the measurement of gender gaps associated with economic opportunities to close gaps in the Southern Cone Countries 2) to fund studies that investigate how closing gender gaps can boost productivity, growth and development in these countries.  Priority will be given to research focusing on areas lacking data/ or presenting methodological challenges:  migration, trade, access to public transportation, taxation, financial access and tourism.

Selected proposal will be presented on October 20, 2020 at the First Discussion Seminar in Washington, D.C. with the goal of showcasing preliminary versions of the work, receive feedback from advisors and cross-fertilization of ideas.

Proposals must be in English with up to 5,000 words.

Deadline: May 15, 2020

To read the full announcement on the Inter-American Development Bank, please click here.

10 journals for publishing a short economics paper

Summary:  in 2017, David Evans, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Lead Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office for the Africa Region of the World Bank published a World Bank blog on where to publish short papers (<2,000). He identified ten journals: The Lancet, Science, Lancelet Global Health, PLOS One, Heath Economics, Review, Journal of International Development, Economics Letters, Applied Economics Letters, Economics Bulletin.

We have posted the original article published on the World Bank Blogs in March, 2017 below:

10 journals for publishing a short economics paper 

David Evans | March 29, 2017

In the middle of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I noticed that there were numbers being released on the number of orphans the outbreak was creating, but no transparent methodology for where those numbers were coming from. My colleague Anna Popova and I constructed numbers based on age- and gender-specific mortality and fertility rates, and we submitted the paper to the Lancet. It was a short but – we thought – useful paper. The Lancet published it as a “letter,” which means a short paper of 400 words, up to 5 references, and 1 table or figure. (Here it is!) Later, we teamed up with Markus Goldstein to examine the likely impact of the epidemic of maternal mortality (via health worker mortality) and published that as a letter of similar proportions in the Lancet Global Health. (Here’s that one!)

Good ideas don’t have to be long ideas. (I have a lot of short ideas.) But researchers can feel adrift as to where to send short papers. Here are some ideas, culled from my experience and that of the Twitter hive mind.

What is a short paper, and where can I publish it?
I identified 10 journals that publish short papers. I’ve listed them below, with links to the journals, what they call their short papers, and a link to a recent example.

Journal What they’re called Guidelines Example
Applied Economics Letters Manuscript ≤ 2,000 words “Adding value through the mechanization of post-harvest cassava processing, and its impact on household poverty in north-eastern Zambia,” by Abass et al.
Economics Bulletin Notes, Comments, or Preliminary results 7 printed pages (single spaced) “Public spending on education in Togo: Do the poor benefit?” by Djahini-Afawoubo
Economics Letters Manuscript ≤ 2,000 words Choice and Happiness in South Africa,” by Szabó & Ujhelyi
Economics of Education Review Short communication 2-5 printed pages I could not find a recent example. The editor confirmed that they publish few.
Health Economics Letters ≤ 2,000 words “A Short Note on Economic Development and Socioeconomic Inequality in Female Body Weight,” by Deuchert et al.
Journal of International Development “Short notes or ‘field reports’” ≤ 1,000 words “The Allocation of Capital in Rural Credit Markets,” by Burlando & Candidio
Lancet Letters 400 words (1 table/figure, 5 references) “Instability adversely affects HIV care in Haiti,” by Honoré et al.
Lancet Global Health Letters 400 words (1 table/figure, 5 references) “Effect of package insert language on health-care providers’ perceptions of influenza vaccination safety during pregnancy,” by Top et al.
PLOS One Manuscript No restrictions on word count “Invitation Choice Structure Has No Impact on Attendance in a Female Business Training Program in Kenya,” by Diwan et al.
Science Reports ≤ 2,500 words (4 figures/tables, 30 references) “One-Time Transfers of Cash or Capital Have Long-Lasting Effects on Microenterprises in Sri Lanka,” by de Mel et al.

Okay, but where is the best place to publish short papers? 
Here are the same ten journals, ranked by the number of cites per document over two recent years, from Scimago (since it calculates for all journals). For journals for which it’s available (economics-related journals), I include the RePec rank, which is an aggregation of multiple impact measures.

Journal Cites / doc (2 years) RePec rank
Lancet 26.55
Science 18.05
Lancet Global Health 14.26
PLOS One 3.03
Health Economics 1.67 62
Economics of Education Review 1.37 126
Journal of International Development 0.91 287
Economics Letters 0.58 37
Applied Economics Letters 0.34 178
Economics Bulletin 0.20 56

Of course, for journals that don’t exclusively publish short papers, these numbers may not be very representative (if, for example, short papers are cited less frequently). Indeed, the three journals on the list that specialize in short papers – Economics Letters, Applied Economics Letters, and Economics Bulletin – have the lowest 2-year citation count per paper, although Economics Letters and Economics Bulletin do better on the aggregate mean (RePec rank). This shouldn’t be depressing: Hopefully short papers take less of your time to write, so a lower return (in terms of citations) may be okay.

Let’s complement that with a few examples. The Lancet letter on Ebola orphans, published in 2015, has 10 citations. The Lancet Global Health letter on Ebola-related maternal mortality has 23 citations, also published in 2015. De Mel et al.’s 2012 report on cash transfers in Science has 62 citations. Well, you might argue, these are all on topics of high interest in the highest ranked journals on the list. That’s true. (Also, at least with the first two, we wrote blog posts to promote them.)

If you publish in Economics Letters or Applied Economics Letters, are you destined to 0.34-0.58 citations? (What would a third or a half of a citation look like? Replace “Evans and Popova 2016” with “Evans a” or “Evans and P”; not very satisfying for my co-author.)

I checked a few 2012 issues of Economics Letters, 5 years old so there has been time for citations to level out (so, longer than the 2-year horizon above). Here is what I found for empirical development papers – which are not so common in Economics Letters. There are some, but there are a small minority of total papers in the journal.

Paper Total Citations
Intelligence and Corruption, by Potrafke 75
Fertility choice under child mortality and social norms, by Battacharya & Chakraborty 14
Child gender and parental borrowing: Evidence from India, by Agier et al. 11
A back-door brain drain, by Stark & Byra 9
Accounting for the effect of health on cross-state income inequality in India, by Sperling & Kjoller-Hansen 1
Land reforms and social unrest: An empirical investigation of riots in India, by Roy 0

Schady and Rosero had a paper on cash transfers there in 2008 that has 122 citations. Hanushek and Woessman had an education paper there in 2011 that has 38 citations. These non-representative examples are intended to demonstrate only that there is a right tail, so if you have a paper that is of interest to the broader research community, it can still get cited if it’s in Economics Letters.

Isn’t this a lot of trouble? Why not just publish on a blog?
If you can get your work featured on a popular blog, then overall exposure might be higher than merely publishing in a journal, with less work. But I see several reasons to continue to try and publish short papers in journals.

  1. Different audiences: The journal and the blog post may well reach different audiences. Development Impact will likely reach a very different group of people (with some overlap) than the Lancet. Depending on the people you want to reach with your research, the journal may be a better fit.
  2. Adding audiences: If you publish the paper in a journal, you can still write a blog post about it. You’re much less likely to publish a paper about your blog post. Impossible in the 21st century? Surely not. But less likely.
  3. Quality improvement: With our Lancet letter, we first submitted the paper elsewhere, where it was rejected but with very useful comments. The letter published by the Lancet was much better as a result of the peer review process.

Is it worth it?
If you believe there is value in expanding the audience, in the quality improvement, and if the citations are useful for you professionally, then it may be worthwhile. My two published letters came out quite quickly and were improved by the publication process. I have another letter that’s been sitting at a journal for 9 months, which seems like a lot for 5 pages.

Of course, if you have a really short idea, you can always go for the Journal of Brief Ideas. Or just tweet about it.


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ECHO for Refugees: Hope on the Road

 Gabrielle Kacha | March 27, 2020.

Earlier this month, mayhem struck across the Greek shores as Turkish President Erdogan announced he was “opening the doors” for refugees to enter Europe. This move led to the eruption of clashes at the land border between Greece and Turkey, causing injuries, deaths, and a considerable increase in the number of migrants arriving on the islands, placing an additional strain on the already spartan and overcrowded facilities.

Events like these, sporadically making headlines, remind us how refugees and asylum-seekers are so often caught in the fire of political games. While the international attention around the refugee ‘crisis’ in Greece has subsided, the sheer numbers, and efforts of many organizations and workers on the ground have not.

Since the influx of arrivals in 2015, mainly due to the peak of the Syrian civil war, thousands of charitable grassroots, governmental and international initiatives have sprang up across the country to address the needs of the growing refugee populations. These needs vary from food aid, to medical aid, to psychological aid, to educational and entertainment.

Photo of the founding team. From left to right: Gabrielle Kacha, Esther Ten Zijthoff, Laura Samira Naude, Celine de Richoufftz

Today, I want to focus on one of these inspiring grassroot initiatives – the Echo mobile library. The idea behind the Echo mobile library was born in 2016 after Macedonia closed its borders, and a tented camp organically formed around the Eko gas station, 30 km away from the border. A community was born. Together with volunteers from around the world, the refugees from Eko worked together to deliver aid to one another. When all basic needs were met (to the best they could be), it was discovered one age demographic was consistently sidelined in an environment where women and children are prioritized – young adults. In these young adults, we discovered a yearning for education, knowledge, books – a gateway of escape. So many of these young men and women fled their country in their last year of university, forced start from zero in Europe, or maybe they had been deprived from their high-school years and were desperately waiting to study, but were now faced with having to learn a new language first, or maybe they had steady jobs in their countries but were now faced with having to learn a new skill to find employment.

So many obstacles stood in the way of their opportunities. Together, we set out to find a way to give them a head start.

This is where the idea of the library was born – a place where young adults and adults could seek solemn refuge in novels, begin learning a European language, delve into new skills in a course book or online on tablets and laptops, or receive help for drafting a CV. The aim of the library would be to help this disadvantaged population stay a couple steps ahead, as well as provide a space of entertainment and escape for them – and we wanted it to be able to reach as many people as it could. We received a van donation from the UK and began building a mobile library!

ECHO (Education, Community, Hope, Opportunity) Mobile Library had shelves lining one side with a small collection of books in Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi, Urdu, English, Spanish, French, and German, cushioned seats, and a table lining the other side with a couple computers and tablets. With time, the van’s resources began to grow. We set up a wifi hotspot, partnered with Coursera for Refugees to access course certification for free, and our collection of books grew steadily. We started by visiting 3 camps/week on designated days but once the word spread demand started to grow amongst the other camps in the Thessaloniki region.

The mobile library sessions generally last a few hours where camp residents are invited to visit the van, check-out a book, enlist in an online course, discuss language, literature, or seek advice relating to education or employment.

The mobile library quickly became a service that camp residents impatiently await and that they came to expect every week at the same time. Since its creation, Echo has shifted its operations towards the general Athens region, where the needs were greater, and as of early March 2020, now serves 11 different sites every week. Unfortunately, facing the present coronavirus pandemic, the Greek ministry of education has asked the mobile library to cease its operations until further notice. While this situation is regrettable, most library users are already-vulnerable populations who suffer from ill health due to the conditions they are forced to live in, and it is vital for all actors in the region to do what they can to shelter them from this virus.

Europe seems contempt following refugee policies that predominantly attempt outsourcing the issue and granting relatively meager financial assistance to Greece. As we have seen since 2015, the number of arrivals and asylum-seekers stuck in Greece has not subsided, nor are they likely to in the future. The overall governmental responses of Fortress Europe lack humanity. In a life that’s become an excruciatingly painful waiting-game, initiatives like the Echo mobile library provide a sliver of escape for the refugees, and have come to symbolize hope, solidarity and dignity in a realm where these are increasingly lacking in institutionalized humanitarian response.

To follow ECHO for Refugees, or help in the way you can visit: http://echo-greece.org/help-echo

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The International Conference on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Business Environment (CIEBE 2019)

Call for Papers

The International Conference on Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Business Environment

 (CIEBE 2019)

(15th – 17th October 2019)

Al-Balqa Applied University- Jordan

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of (CIEBE 2019) Conference, it is our pleasure to invite you to join us and submit research papers to the international conference on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in business environment which is organized and hosted by the Faculty of Business at Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan on October (15-17, 2019). We would appreciate if you could forward this email to your colleagues, researchers and your students in order to promote the conference.

Conference Rationale: To provide a valuable opportunity for academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and businesses from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge about the concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in different business sectors and fields as the key driving forces for gaining a competitive advantage, and even opening new untapped markets, in addition to achieve a sustainable development in the economic and social fields. It also provides the opportunity to build up networks and establish research collaboration with colleagues and professionals from different countries. The Conference will also introduce some outstanding keynote speakers in the field.

Publication policy: The accepted papers for the conference after the double-blind peer review process will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Additionally, papers that will be presented at the conference will also be considered for further development and possible publication in the Jordan Journal of Business Administration, published by the University of Jordan. The acceptance of papers for the conference proceedings is not regarded as the acceptance for publication in the aforementioned Journal. In this respect, the editors have a possibility to recommend selective papers for the publication in the aforementioned Journal if the reviewed paper is within the Journal’s thematic scope and research standards. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (original) research papers; which are NOT submitted or published or under consideration anywhere in other conferences or journals in electronic format via email.

Fees: The conference fees amount is (150) US Dollars. The participants have to cover accommodation and travel expenses on their own. The conference fees cover 2 lunches, the conference dinner, coffee breaks, and conference bag.

Should further detailed information be required, please visit the conference website at:


If you would like any further information about (CIEBE 2019), please do not hesitate to contact us by email: (lci.conf@bau.edu.jo).

Conference Attachments:

Conference Announcement – Arabic

Conference Announcement – English