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About the Project and the Teams

This research project commenced in January 1999, and the fieldwork was officially launched in June of that same year when the local researchers met to finalise the framework of their investigation. The fieldwork continued until October 2000 when the teams met again to share their findings. The events of the Al-Aqsa Intifada led to the decision to revisit some of the families at each site so that fieldwork was extended until April 2001. The project was made possible by the generous support of the Mellon Foundation. Further support for dissemination was also extended by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The advice and constant encouragement of Dr C. Makinson from the Mellon Foundation was of inestimable value.

Dr. Dawn Chatty and Professor Gillian Hundt directed the project. The teams working in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan liaised with Dawn Chatty and those working in Palestine - the West Bank and Gaza - liaised with Gillian Hundt. Maha Damaj who also served as the project research assistant edited the project newsletter.

We would like to thank all the researchers, field assistants, interviewers and the Palestinian children, and their families and caregivers for their cooperation and support throughout the two years in which this project was running. In order to maintain the anonymity and privacy of all those who helped provide information for this study, we have changed some names. In all cases we have used first names and camp location in the text.

Children and Adolescents in Palestinian Households: Living with the effects of prolonged conflict and forced migration
This study bridges the theoretical and applied divide which is common to much of the research directed at Palestinian children and adolescents in the Middle East. It integrates a research design with a practical agenda to improve delivery, policy and programmes and thereby help train practitioners to provide better services. Current policy and programming was taken into account in designing a participatory research methodology. This research approach, which crosses a number of disciplinary divides, has been a positive learning experience for the researchers, practitioners and sampled population of children, adolescents and caregivers. Its findings, partially provided below in a lessons learned report, should result in improved project, policy and programming delivery as well as a transferable good practice guide for refugee children and adolescents throughout the world.
    Project Data
  • Funder: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • Duration: January 1999 - December 2000

    Principal Researchers
  • Dr. D. Chatty, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

  • Prof. G. Hundt, School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick

  • Research Assistant: Ms. M. Damaj, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

    Local Research Teams:
  • Dr. Y. Abed, Dr. A. Thabet, Dr. A. El Alem, Gaza Health Services Research Centre, (Gaza)

  • Dr. S. Al Zaroo, Ministry of Labour, Palestinian National Authority (West Bank)

  • Dr. R. Farah, CERMOC (Jordan)

  • Dr. B. Serhan, Welfare Association, Ms. S. Tabari (Lebanon)

  • Dr. A. Abdul Rahim, Mrs. S. Gebreel, General Union of Palestinian Women (Syria)

Last updated Sep 23, 2011