DIFI Concludes Family Wellbeing Research Forum

DIFI concluded its two-day research forum ‘Family Wellbeing: Towards Evidence-Based Family Policies,’ which was held on 26 – 27 Feb 2019 at Qatar National Convention Centre.

In line of DIFI’s efforts to ensure that family issues are a key priority for policymakers in Qatar, the first day of the event focused on ‘The Wellbeing of Families Living with Autism’, while the second day of the event concentrated on ‘Work-Family Balance’.

Over the course of the event, experts, policy makers, service providers, and representatives from leading organizations in Qatar examined contextual challenges facing the development and implementation of related policies, highlighted local, regional, and international best practices, and proposed realistic and effective policy options and program interventions.

The first day opened with a session titled ‘Families and National Policies on Autism’, moderated by Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi, which was followed by two panels – ‘Service Providers and Families Living with Autism’ and ‘Avenues of Support for Families Living with Autism’. The day was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Ministry of Public Health; Kuwait Center for Autism; Primary Health Care Corporation; Rumailah Hospital; Hamad Medical Corporation; QF partner university Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar; QF’s Pre-University Education school, Renad Academy; and Shafallah Center.

The second day of the forum featured discussions titled ‘Research and Policy Debate on Leave Policies’, ‘Contribution of Child Care Arrangements to Work-Family Balance’, and ‘Research and Policy Debate on Flexible Working Arrangements’. The day brought together representatives from Qatar University; the Ministry of Justice; Brookings Doha Center; the Permanent Population Committee; and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

Attendees discussed and debated the key findings and recommendations proposed by DIFI’s recent research projects that relate to the two priority areas; addressed the contextual challenges facing the development and implementation of policies; highlighted national, regional, and international policies, and relevant best practices; and proposed realistic and effective policy options and program interventions.

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Day 1 – Session 1
Day 1 – Session 2
Day 1 – Session 3
Day 2 – Session 1
Day 2 – Session 2
Day 2 – Session 3


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