Doha: The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), member of Qatar Foundation, concluded its population dynamics seminar with the introduction of KIVA, a new form of debate and discussion that allows students to rapidly collect large volumes of data within a limited time-frame.
KIVA provided students the opportunity to discuss with researchers women’s rights and children’s issues and share views in an open and frank environment.
DIFI hosted a number of international and regional scholars, scientists, and policy makers to discuss the population and demographic trends affecting the Arab Family.
The seminar focused on five key topics related to Arab families: Marriage and family formation; trends and patterns in fertility and family size; population migration and the family, adolescents and the family; and intergenerational and gender issues affecting family cohesion.
Tuesday’s first discussion, titled “Population Trends and Arab Families: Implications for Research,” was moderated by Dr Fadwa El Guindi. Day-two also included a presentation by Dr Carla Makhlouf titled “Adolescents in Arab Countries: Major Health Issues and Their Social Context,” while Dr Mohamad Mohieddin discussed “Migration and the Family in Arab Countries.”
Dr Maher Khalifa moderated a discussion on “Adolescents and the Family 1” which saw participation from Dr Abdallah Badahdah and Dr Caroline Barakat. The “Adolescents and the Family 2” discussion, moderated by Dr Abdul Aziz Farah, included a presentation about “Measuring the job quality concept of youth in Egypt” by Dr Ali Rashed, and another presentation by Dr Majed Al Eissa from Saudi Arabia. Prince Amadichukwu gave his views on the behaviour and relationships of adolescents in the Arab world.
The first day of the seminar focused on a policy dialogue and presentation of research papers. The policy dialogue specifically considered the impact of population dynamics on the Arab family and the policy implications of those changes.