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Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) is a pioneering research, consulting and development firm. Based in Palestine, AWRAD is one of the Arab region’s leading firms providing our partners and clients with a full range of consulting and technical services for sustainable development and state building. We have a diverse and dynamic team including individuals with expertise in research, economic and institutional development, program and performance management.   Our strength is in providing flexible, responsive and integrated services – delivering the best solutions to meet our clients and partners’ needs.  Our innovative solutions help our clients address their development challenges.  We offer research and development expertise across a diverse range of technical areas, and employ that expertise throughout the project cycle.
Our work at AWRAD is built on the twin pillars of our vision and mission.
Inspired to promote democracy, effective institutions and sustainable development in the Arab region, we devote our resources to the development of a scientific and professional research culture which informs progressive and forward-looking social development and state building.
We are a leading independent research and development firm creating knowledge that shapes thinking around public and social policies, strategies and plans which partners and clients value and the community trusts. We implement complex, multi-year projects, providing guidance, local connections and a real-world perspective to help our partners and clients reach their goals and ensure our data, analysis and recommendations are reliable and always customized to our partner’s needs.
Core Principles
Our core principles form the underpinning of how we work together to serve our clients, partners and the broader community.
Service: AWRAD puts its clients first. We listen better to understand our clients’ needs and deliver practical and timely solutions that meet those needs
Value: AWRAD takes on our clients’ challenges as if they were our own. We design and implement real-world solutions at competitive cost.
Excellence: AWRAD brings technical capability, disciplined project management and excellence in quality to all our work.
Opportunity: Our staff is our number one asset. Our team and consultants include leading experts in our technical areas. Our commitment to success provides challenges and opportunities for all of our staff.
Overall Business Strategy
We provide quality, timely and cost effective services, which are informed by the continuous integration of innovations in international best practices, supported by the recruitment of competent experts, and sustained by the academic and professional experience of our team. Our style of engagement ensures that our partners and clients achieve their goals through intimate collaboration throughout the project process, including design and implementation. Our work with partners, clients and the communities integrates gender and environmental considerations and promotes sustainable public and community-based development,  
Our data is collected and analyzed according to the highest statistical and methodological standards. Findings and recommendations for action are customized for our partners and clients’ needs so that they can be used both for internal learning and strategy and policy development. We provide technical input accessing extensive local connections and a strong real-world perspective to help our partners and clients achieve their goals.
AWRAD’s investment in the success of our clients is matched by our investment in the professional growth of our staff.  AWRAD promotes an appreciation for professional development and many of our staff members pursue advanced degrees. Specialized technical trainings are provided on an on-going basis.
Partnership Approach
AWRAD’s approach is built on full and true partnership. This perspective helps us stand out among others and allows us to excel in the provision of our services. Our approach to partnership is predicated on continuous communication and appreciation for the strengths and advantages of all involved in the project process. Before finalizing tools or commencing fieldwork, AWRAD always ensures we receive approval from partners. Our approach has helped us build amicable relationships and long-term partnerships with some of the leading agencies, institutions and actors in Palestine, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco and beyond.
Since our establishment in 2007, AWRAD has developed its range of technical services and experience, building a skilled and experienced professional team. AWRAD can now offer its partners and clients a full range of research and consulting services.  Our ability to provide a substantial range of top-notch services is enhanced by our extensive local and regional outreach and network and work in conflict and post-conflict countries across the Arab region. AWRAD’s prowess has been noted by our partners and is amply reflected in our  diverse portfolio of successful assignments which range from small, short term projects to highly complex and long term programs. AWRAD offers the following range of services to our clients:
  • Social, Economic and Political Research
  • Data Collection and Analytics
  • Performance Management Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Consulting
  • Project and Program Design
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Policy Research and Development
  • Capacity Development- Training and Knowledge Transfer
  • Analytics
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
Technical Areas
AWRAD has both the expertise and experience in technical areas related to research and development. Through our professional experience and the background of our team members and experts we provide a well-rounded, comprehensive and nuanced perspective for our partners. AWRAD offers comprehensive expertise and experience in the following areas:
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Politics and Elections
  • Social Policy and Protection
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Effective Governance
  • Local Government
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Civil Society
  • Education
  • Health
  • Media
  • Gender Research and Analysis
  • Youth
  • Labor
  • Law and Justice
  • Marginalized Groups
Regional Reach
AWRAD has diverse experience working across the Arab region. Our team of experts has extensive experience in the region and AWRAD’s team is successfully implementing multiple cross regional projects. We have provided services ranging from data collection and management to consulting and capacity development in multiple countries at a time. Additionally, AWRAD has established a network of similar research and development organizations across the Arab region, which allows us to collaborate extensively and maintain a presence across the region. In the past years, AWRAD’s team has conducted polls in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, convened focus groups in Yemen, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Libya and trained researchers in Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Iraq and Libya. As of 2015, AWRAD is conducting operations in 17 different Arab countries.
AWRAD’s comparative advantage is our strength in working in fragile, transitional and post-conflict countries. Our experts have academic and professional experience in these environments and are skilled in calibrating research designs and methodologies accounting for the unique situations and conduct of subsequent field work.
AWRAD uses the most advanced tools of modern survey research. Whether working within a client’s framework or building our own, we employ tools that are both quality-tested and professionally-confirmed. Many of our projects include the use of mixed-methods combining both qualitative and quantitative research, specifically designed for triangulation of findings. AWRAD provides services utilizing a range of tools, including focus groups, face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews and online surveys.
Social Responsibility
At AWRAD, we seek clear, sustainable solutions that help to improve thinking around public and social policy design and implementation.  We take this responsibility seriously because AWRAD’s work often places us at the center of our community’s economic and social development challenges.  We recognize that our staff members are citizens, as well as employees, and our culture promotes a strong attachment to civic values and citizenship.  AWRAD is dedicated to promoting a culture of polling and research, and is extensively active through our Community Development Fund.
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