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Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development

Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development

Start Date:
16/04/2014 Download ICS File
End Date:
QNCC, Doha, Qatar
Conference / Colloquium
Conference / Colloquium
Policy Division

Doha Conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) a member of Qatar Foundation, organized a conference on “Empowering Families :A Pathway to Development ’’ held on the 16th and 17th April 2014 in Doha /Qatar, as part of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, 2014.

The conference took place in response to several United Nations’ General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions on the follow-up to the International Year of the Family (IYF), 1994.


The member states of the United Nations proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family, recognizing the role and the contributions made by families in the overall development. The objectives of the year and its follow up process and observances seek to stimulate efforts at levels to benefit families. In this regard the upcoming 20th anniversary offers another opportunity to refocus on the role of families in development and take stock of the challenges faced by them and recommend the way forward.

The resolution of the United Nations’ General Assembly A/Res/67/142 as well as the recent ECOSOC resolution on ‘’the preparations and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the family ‘’ encouraged member States, regional organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to support as appropriate the preparations of regional meeting in observance of the 20th anniversary of the IYF.

Furthermore The United Nations General Assembly and ECOSOC trough the Commission on Social Development encouraged governments to make every possible effort to integrate a family perspective into national policy making.

The 2014 Doha conference was nongovernmental gathering and constituted a global platform for discussion and debate where policymakers, NGOs, experts, academics and other relevant stakeholders from all around the world shared their views and experiences regarding the centrality of the family and its role in the society. It  stressed on the need to strengthen and empower the family as institution to cope with the challenges in this time of economic crisis and political turmoil. It also provided an opportunity to highlight the important role of the family as an active agent in overall development.

During two days, the conference touched upon the significance and the vitality of the families for healthy societies. In this context, gains and losses of the family institution in the process of modernization across different regions were examined using multiple lenses, the identification of further actions, including the incorporation of effective family policies into national development strategies and the use of research related to family issues.

The 2014 Doha conference was a forward looking gathering that provides guidance and recommendations to institutions at all levels and will seek to influence family policies with evidence based research.

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Background Material


Reach Out to Asia
by Abdulla Faraj Al Abdulla - Session:Families in Special Circumstances

by Adrienne Burgess - Session:Men in Families

Development of Family Well-Being Index: Malaysia's Experience
by Anjli Doshi - Session:Family Data and Research

Family and work balance: cross-national differences and the role of policies
by Anne Gauthier - Session:Family and Work Balance

Family Breakdown- Incubator for social Ills.
by Catherine Bernard - Session:Family and Poverty

Refugees United
by David Makkelsen - Session:Families in Special Circumstances

A life course perspective on divorce and family poverty
by Dimitri Mortelmans - Session:Family and Poverty

by Hassan Hammoud - Session:Family and Intergenerational Ties

Ignacio Socias - Session:Family and Civil Society

Jamal Al Bah - Session:Family and Civil Society

Using Research and Analysis to Build Better Better Public Policy for Families
by Karen Bogenschneider - Session:National Institutions and Family Policy

Family Impact Seminar Best Practices
by Karen Bogenschneider- Session: Open Program 2

Rethinking Poverty Measurement
by Khaled Abu Ismail - Session: Family and Poverty

Family Capital: A Framework for Policy Development and Evaluation
by Mark Belsey - Session:National Institutions and Family Policy

Benefitting from the resources and potential of older populations
by Nico Van Nimwegen - Session:Family and Work Balance

IESE Business School
by Nuria Chinchilla - Session:Family and Work Balance

Strengthening a Life-Cycle of Intergenerational Dialogue and Partnerships with Youth
by Ravi Karakara - Session:Family and Intergenerational Ties

A Kenyan/African Perspective
by Raymond Mutura - Session:Family and Civil Society

نظره عامه على ازمه النازحيين السوريين
by Sheikha Hessa Al-Thani - Session:Families in Special Circumstances

What is Family Capital?
by Susan Roylance - Session:Family and Civil Society

Impact of HIV on families
by Yamina Chakkar - Session:Families in Special Circumstances

Confronting Family Poverty
by Zitha Mokomane - Session:Family and Poverty

From Women’s Rights to Gender Equality Policies
by Ronald Wiman- Session:Family and Gender Equality

Parental Leave and Gender Equity
by Philip Hwang - Session: Men in Families

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Family Policy Making
by Amal A. Al Mannai - Session:Family and Civil Society


Who We Are

About DIFI

About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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