The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research (Mada al-Carmel) would like to announce that they have reached a mutually agreed settlement of all legal disputes between them. Both organizations are satisfied with the resolution.

In 2008 and 2009, IDRC agreed to fund two research projects by Mada al-Carmel that looked into forms of Arab political participation in Israel and the economic rights of Palestinian women in Israel. On March 3, 2010, IDRC informed Mada al-Carmel that the contracts would be terminated as a result of a review of programming strategy.

IDRC recognizes that Mada al-Carmel is a professional and well-respected academic organization that produces high-quality research in the social science field. IDRC has emphasized that the contracts were terminated for internal reasons and the decision had nothing to do with the quality of Mada al-Carmel’s work on the research projects or for any other reason related to Mada’s academic, organizational, or financial performance on these or other grants. IDRC would welcome the opportunity to work with Mada al-Carmel again on future projects that fall within its mandate.

Mada al-Carmel recognizes and respects the important contributions that IDRC has made to the research and examination of practical solutions for the social and economic problems facing developing regions, including areas in the Middle East. IDRC has a long history of promoting development in the Middle East and Mada al-Carmel looks forward to working with IDRC in future.

IDRC and Mada al-Carmel will make no further statements regarding the nature of this settlement.