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How ECAR Educated Me for Change

Al Asadi

Mohammad Al-Asadi is proud to engage in post-conflict solutions

Mohammad Al-Asadi is an ECAR alumnus of the first batch. Since 2013 he has been engaged on different levels in developing plans for a post-conflict Syria. He is now writing his PhD Thesis in Ruhr University Bochum on financing reconstruction in post-conflict areas.

ECAR Achievement

Joining the master program of Economic Change in the Arab Region (ECAR) in its first intake in 2009 was a turning point in my life.
As part of the wider GAMP, ECAR provided me with crucial tools in research, economic knowledge, policy analysis, and intercultural cooperation that enabled me to convey the German academic excellence and implement it in tackling the development challenges of the Arab region.
The two-month successful internship –as part of ECAR program- at the GIZ program “Supporting Economic Reform in Syria” has further sharpened the academic attainments already acquired during my study. The internship was conducive to my first position in development research with the same GIZ program.  

Post-conflict reconstruction, early engagement

In 2013, I was proud to join the National Agenda for the Future of Syria, an ambitious UN-ESCWA program that aims to provide policy alternatives for rebuilding post-conflict Syria in the fields of economy, infrastructure, governance, and social reconciliation.
This is performed based on research, reports, and workshops conducted by more than 150 Syrian experts in multiple fields. Markedly, three of those experts –including me- were ECAR alumni!
We were effectively engaged over more than two years in the research and discussions about economic reconstruction alternatives in the post-war Syria. In addition, I provided a major contribution to one of the leading UN-ESCWA publications about the impact of war in Syria titled “Syria at War: Five years on”.

Progress towards goals

Starting from November 2015, I have been engaged in the PhD program International Development Studies at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) in Ruhr-University Bochum thanks to the DAAD scholarship program “Leadership for Syria”.
The focus of my PhD thesis is on the financing in the reconstruction phase in post-conflict countries, with Syria being the case study. Particularly, I will deal with the capacity of utilizing revenues (taxes, foreign aid, foreign borrowing, etc.) while maintaining the solvency of the country in post-conflict environment.

My little advice for current and potential GAMP participants is, be prepared to make a difference in your countries, and let it be a positive, effective, and sustainable one.

About the Author: Mohammad Al-Asadi is Alumnus of the first ECAR (now: EMEA) intake. He worked for GIZ and UN-ESCWA. Mohammad is now researching for his PhD at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum with the support of the DAAD scholarship program “Leadership for Syria”. The focus of his PhD thesis is on the financing in the reconstruction phase in post-conflict countries, with Syria being the case study.