The Arab uprisings of 2011 created new opportunities for citizens to claim their social rights, request social justice reform, advocate for improvements in welfare provision and hold their leaders to account. However, the translation of urgent social needs into sound social policy mechanisms in the Arab region continues to face significant challenges, including heightened security concerns and a lack of resolve among those who hold the reins of power. In order to help address these challenges, we will undertake a two-year policy analysis program which will aim to refine the understanding of social policy development in the MENA region, identify successful models of social policy design, formulation and implementation, and put forward ideas to advance and strengthen the social policy-making capacity of state and non-state actors in the Arab region. Our project will focus on the following six countries: Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE and Oman. In Morocco and Egypt, our research will focus on measures to develop social assistance and safety nets. In Jordan and Lebanon, we will explore social policy challenges in relation to refugees and humanitarian needs. In the UAE and Oman, the focus will be on youth unemployment, an area of growing concern, as income from oil production threatens to decrease in the coming years.