With an estimated 255 million full-time jobs lost in 2020, the global economy shrank by 4.4%, pushing ever more people into poverty. Right now, 34 million are on the brink of starvation, and 235 million will require humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021 — an increase of 40% from last year. Limited social and economic mobility has deeply altered family life with alarming speed and... Continue Reading
Anis Ben Brik
Dr. Anis Ben Brik is an associate professor and founding director of the Program for Social Policy Evaluation and Research (PROSPER) at the College of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. He is the founding president of the MENA Evaluation Society and the Global Observatory for Family Research and Policies. He also serves as the MENA region organizing partner of the United Nations NGO Major Group. Ben Brik has published empirical research in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals, including Children and Youth Services Review, Early Child Development and Care, Child Indicators Research, and Decision Sciences. His most recent publications include "Families and Social Change in the Gulf Region" (Routledge). Ben Brik is the lead principal investigator of the UN-sponsored international research project “The Impact of the Pandemic on Family Life Across Cultures,” a research study that has been conducted in 72 countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, North America and the MENA region. He is a frequent speaker on family issues, child welfare and social protection, and an advocate of family policy and child rights.