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For a Better Future for Syria and Lebanon

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in collaboration with SPARK NGO cordially invites you to an event

For a Better Future for Syria and Lebanon:
Investing in People to Rebuild the Post-Conflict Syrian Economy
by
Stefan Dercon
Chief Economist, UK Department for International Development

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 5pm - 7pm
Issam Fares Institute - Auditorium - AUB (Green Oval)

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford, and Chief Economist of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). As a researcher, he has worked extensively on poverty reduction, investment in human capital, migration, humanitarian responses and the foundations of growth.

The human suffering and loss of hope for Syrian refugees, as well as the refugee response in the European Union, pose a serious risk to any hope for a rapid re-building of Syria whenever the war ends. Meanwhile, the refugee burden on Lebanese communities cannot be underestimated. In his talk, drawing on international experience, Stefan Dercon will outline ways in which the presence of Syrian refugees can be turned more to the Lebanese economy’s and society's advantage. With outside support, investing in education is crucial, as well as creating clear and targeted opportunities for job creation for Lebanese and Syrians that could boost the Lebanese economy as well. Boosting the opportunities for young Syrians to also contribute to the Lebanese economy, as well as boosting their aspirations to help themselves and a future Syrian recovery, will be key. Failing to do this could create serious risks to Lebanon for many years to come. Unfortunately, the war in Syria may last some more years before conditions would exist for Syrian refugees to return home. But the lecture argues that we can start preparing for the re-building of Syria now in Lebanon, to Lebanon’s advantage.

Note: This event will be in English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic

Contact:
01 350 000
ifi@aub.edu.lb

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