MENASP Network Database

About the Database

What is the MENASP Social Policy Database?

Social Policy issues have attracted significant policy interest in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in the last decade.

In an effort to support this new field of expertise and connect with experts who can help direct policy-making in this region, the UNICEF MENA regional office (MENARO, based in Amman, Jordan) has commissioned the University of Bath (UK) to develop this database of expertise on social policy in MENA.

The Database

The MENASP network hosts a one of a kind, publicly available online searchable database of social policy expertise on MENA social policy.

It allows those interested in social policy issues in the MENA region to connect with experts and specialists in their field.

The database was created in collaboration with the Institute for Mathematical Innovation at the University of Bath and was commissioned by UNICEF (Jordan).

The areas of policy expertise that are included in the database are poverty and deprivation, social protection, public finance, decentralisation and local governance. Some questions focus on expertise related to children and youth. 

The countries that are included in the database are Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

The organisations included are Universities, Civil Society, For Profits and Government agencies.

Data are sourced from publicly available websites and published material, but we have also sought information directly from actors and institutions. You may wish to use resources such as the UPenn rankings to evaluate the think tank entries to the database.

If you have any questions email us at If you want to join the database please complete our application form.