Within the framework of developing learning innovation node in Palestine (Ford LIN) project funded by Ford foundation, research team at ULI-CCE has fini
|Harnessing the Economic Power of Data||
Harnessing the Economic Power of Data in the Middle East and North Africa
Most of the countries in the MENA region face similar challenges and share the same set of characteristics, limitations and opportunities.
The promise of big data is limitless.Through data analytics, we can gain exceptional customer insights, products and services innovation, better decision making, improved productivity and performance, better research and development (leading to commercialization and economic growth), better health care, innovative social services, optimized infrastructure and enhanced security and safety.
Data Science is the field dedicated to analyzing and manipulating raw data to derive insights and build data products. Data scientists combine interdisciplinary knowledge especially math, statistics and programming in addition to soft skills and relevant technologies to be able to extract, clean, visualize and analyze data, build and test models and deploy predictive solutions.
Universities and training institutions and online MOOCs provide various levels of data science education. Programs range from individual courses to PhDs. The best ones combine core competencies, soft skills and practical experience in partnership with industry leaders.
Major industry leaders like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon and Google offer cloud-‐based flexible platforms to help both startups and enterprises realize the data analytics potential. There are open source platforms and tools in addition to niche providers that fit other scenarios.
In the MENA region, big data analytics and data science as a field are not mainstream yet. There is growing awareness, some use cases and a few entrepreneurships. Data science education is also at its infancy and other enablers (like research, open data sets and business culture) are inadequate. However, there is both potential in various areas ranging from agriculture to tourism and energy industry. Talents can also be qualified with minimum effort if graduates of close fields are trained.
We recommend an immediate call to action by different stakeholders including governments, industries, educational institutions, professionals and civil society. Awareness, education and training, partnerships, established metrics and contextual adoption are key success factors. There are readily available tools, resources and platforms that fit all scenarios, so no need to reinvent the wheel or wait until it is too late.
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Development and teaching of a professional program in sport management. The training material includes modules related to the FIFA / CIES program of sport management like Communication, Event Management, Finance, Law, Management and Marketing.
Production and deployment of learner centric e-enabled curricula in 18 social sciences courses at three higher education institutions (BZU, Bethlehem and Al Quds Universities). The participatory model is expected to be adopted in other departments and universities.
Curriculum development and training to promote gender mainstreaming in IFAD projects in the Near East and North Africa region. The project includes a needs assessment phase to determine training plans and content, the development of e-enabled training material in topics like gender analysis, gender sensitive budgets, women's rights and report writing.
Several accredited professional diplomas have been designed and some are in the process. The main objective was to meet specific needs in the community and to apply best practices and use ICT in the training delivery. The currently accredited diplomas with enrollment are:
|MoSA-Child Protection Network||
Piloting the child protection system established in 2008 in Ramallah and Jenin in three more districts: Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus including needs assessment and work plans. The project is in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
|Schultz III -ABSF||
Implementation of the Social Microenterprise Initiative in Palestine in cooperation with Arthur B. Shultz Foundation. CCE identifies qualifying small business candidates with sound business plans and disburses loans up to $10000 to acquire or upgrade production equipment. Loans are paid back in kind with products or services offered to disadvantaged people.