Despite High Education Levels, Arab Women Still Don’t Have Jobs
Mar 15, 2016 / Blog entry
Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labor force are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report (2015). Yemen has the lowest rate of working women of all, followed by Syria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Tunisia,...
Why Countries in Middle East and North Africa Should Invest in Youth Volunteering
Mar 09, 2016 / Blog entry
Countries with large percentages of youth who have limited opportunities for social participation are likely to face significant social tensions. It is the result of young people becoming frustrated at their inability to positively affect their own lives or that of society at large. Volunteerism can help to address this...
The State of Women’s Rights in the Arab World
Mar 09, 2016 / Blog entry
The good news is that when it comes to reforms that add to women's economic opportunities and reduce the number of laws restricting their roles, countries around the world are making improvements every year. According to the latest World Bank Women Business and the Law Report 2016, in the past two years, some 65 economies have passed 94 reforms...
How to Open the Doors for more Women to Work in Jordan
Mar 08, 2016 / Blog entry
This blog was produced in collaboration with Raseef22 and World Bank MENA blog.
Jordan is at the bottom of the list when it comes to women’s economic participation, even among Arab countries, ranking 139 out of 142 countries. Gender activists say Jordan’s legislation, unfriendly work practices, and local customs are the reasons for this low...
Why MENA Needs a New Social Contract
Start-Up Youth: Summary of Discussions
Innovative Urban Projects and New Business Models
Le « making of » de la genèse d’un quartier
La Régie de données, un chainon manquant
Réseau des opérateurs et aménageurs de la ville durable en Méditerranée
De l’ambition urbaine a la realite operationnelle du projet
La SERM et la SAAM, aménageurs de la Ville et de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
Linking Urban Upgrading and Led in 4 of Cairo’s Unplanned Areas
Mécanismes financiers décentralisés pour l’amélioration de quartiers précaires
Retour d’expériences sur l’intégration de la mixité à l’échelle des opérations d’aménagement
Beyond Organization, the Eco-neighborhood of the Union
L'Incubateur de la Ville durable (IVD)
The Challenge of New Urban Fabric Facing Planners
Network of Mediterranean Planners, 2015 Annual Conference
From Beirut to Lebanon PowerPoint
Start-Up Youth: Successes and Challenges
Dec 11, 2015 / Highlight
Young MENA Entrepreneurs Discuss with CMI Successes and Challenges
Marseille, France, 30 November, 2015
Four young entrepreneurs from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia steered a discussion at the CMI seven annual meeting on successes and challenges of young social enterprises in the MENA region, with the participation of high level...
Building the Sustainable Mediterranean Cities of Tomorrow - Conference PowerPoint
Building the Sustainable Mediterranean Cities of Tomorrow - Conference Summary
[Regional Conference] Sustainable Mediterranean Cities of Tomorrow: Innovative Urban Projects and New Business Models
Dec 03, 2015 / Highlight
Network of Mediterranean Sustainable Urban Developers: 4th Annual Conference
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations
EPA Euroméditerranée (EPAEM)
Co-organizing & hosting the event:
OCEMO (in the context of the Mediterranean Economic Week)
SERM : Montpellier metropolis urban authorities...
What is the Social Contract and why does the Arab World Need a New One?
Nov 16, 2015 / Blog entry
The ‘social contract’ is an idea that dates back to the ancient Greeks, and refers to the implicit agreement among members of a society that defines their relationship with each other and the state. That relationship holds the key to unravelling the puzzle of the ‘Arab Spring.’
To development economists (like myself), the uprisings...
Inequality, Uprisings, and Conflict
Nov 09, 2015 / Library
World Bank: Economic Indicators Failed to Predict Arab Uprisings
A longtime reliance on economic indicators as a barometer of progress in Middle Eastern and North African countries masked the level of frustration and dissatisfaction in the region ahead of the ‘Arab Spring,’ according to a new World Bank report released today.