February 10-11, 2017

"Is Governance a Gender Issue? Perspectives from Muslim Contexts"

In the 25 years since the publication of Deniz Kandiyoti’s ground-breaking edited volume ‘Women, Islam and the State’, the universe of action and meaning surrounding the key terms of its title have been radically transformed. The workshop revisited the original debate and explored new terms of reference in light of key global developments, including the effects of neoliberal restructuring, contested and fragmented sovereignties, and the disarticulation of states entangled in a variety of external interventions and internal conflict.  Drawing from case studies from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Muslim Diasporas, the workshop addressed the questions of how and to what extent gender ideologies are enmeshed with systems of governance and the complex interactions between state, non-state and grassroots actors.

Convenors: Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS), Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS) and Kathryn Spellman Poots (ISMC)

Participants: Islah Jad (Qatar University); Naila Kabeer (LSE); Heba el-Kholy (Former UN Resident Coordinator and former Director of the UNDP Governance Center, Oslo); Shahrzad Mojab (University of Toronto); Corinna Mullin (University of Tunis); Nazanin Shahrokni (Syracuse University); Nadia Taher (UCL); Torunn Wimpelmann (CMI, Bergen)​

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March 12-13, 2015

"The G​overance of Water Resources in Muslim Contexts: Values, Traditions and Contemporary Policies"

Water security against the backdrop of global growth and climate change has become an issue of pressing concern. Multiple water challenges threaten global social and political stability. The criticality of these challenges is reflected in the World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Risks Report where water was ranked as the global risk with the greatest potential impact on economics and societies over the next ten years. Given today's accelerated pace of human development and the slow pace of managing issues as complex as water resources tomorrow's challenges are already at our door. If we continue with 'business as usual', then by 2050, half of the world's population, half of the global grain production and 45 per cent of GDP will be in regions at risk due to water stress.

Major shifts in conceptual approaches to water governance are thus needed in order to reach a more desirable future and limit calamities. This is particularly relevant as many societies are currently facing socio-economic transformation processes which need to be reflected in changes to their respective systems of governance. Responding to these challenges, ISMC’s Governance Programme and the Conseil Général du Développement Agricole (CGDA), a high-level policy think tank of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Morocco, jointly organised an international workshop with a follow-up session hosted at the University of Fes the following day. Op-eds based on the workshop theme were published in The National​ and Inspire Jordan.

Conveners: Mohamed Ait Kadi (CGDA) and Abdou Filali-Ansary (ISMC)

Participants: Mohammed El Faiz (Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech); ​David Groenfeldt (Water-Culture Institute); ​Abdellah Herzenni (Independent Researcher, Morocco); Grigori Lazarev (Independent Researcher, Italy); Klaus Leisinger (Global Values Alliance Foundation); Tariq Madani (University of Oujda); Luis Veiga da Cunha (Portuguese Academy of Sciences); Houria Tazi Sadeq (UNESCO Chair in water management).

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Summary Papers:

A New Water Culture towards Increasing Water Security by Mohamed Ait Kadi

Ethics as a Bridge between Traditional and Contemporary Water Governance by David Groenfeldt

Global Values for Global Development by Klaus M. Leisinger

The Right to Water: A Right in the Process of Implementation ​[Le droit à l’eau: un droit en voie de mise en œuvre] by Houria Tazi Sadeq​