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The ADP Blog is an open platform for practitioners and researchers working on development issues in Arab countries. The ADP welcomes blogs in Arabic, English and French.
Interested contributors are encouraged to submit their blog entries (word format, up to 700 words) by e-mail, mentioning/including the following:

1Title of the blog

2Name of the author

3Link to source, if previously published

4Photos (if any – up to 500KB)

5Translated version of your blog (if available)


Please note that we reserve the right to introduce minimal edits to the submitted article to enhance the clarity of the text. Major edits will be shared with the contributors ahead of publishing.
  • Egypt and the Emerging African Continental Free Trade Area

    AHMED GHONEIM, 18 May 2018  |  0 Comments
    On March 21st, the members of 44 African nations, out of a total of 55 African nations, signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) signaling the birth of the largest FTA in the world. The CFTA is still at its infancy, where the number of its legal instruments (protocols, annexes, etc) are still under negotiation, not to mention that it still needs to be approved by at least 22 nations. However, would such an agreement prove beneficial for Egypt, and on which fronts?   There are several aspects that need to be considered when answering such question, and it is...Read More
  • The Petroleum Legislative Framework for Lebanon

    Talal F. Salman, 27 Mar 2018  |  0 Comments
    Now is the time   Now that Lebanon has signed the first two exploration and production agreements (EPAs) for offshore oil and gas, companies will prepare the groundwork to start drilling at the beginning of 2019. This achievement is a long time coming. The first oil-related legislation, the Offshore Petroleum Resources Law, was enacted in 2010; the sector’s regulator, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, started operating back in 2012; the block delineation and the model EPA were enacted as decrees in January 2017, almost four years after they were first...Read More
  • The Health of Egyptians in Light of Recent Developments

    Ahmed Rashad, 05 Dec 2017  |  0 Comments
    Facing financial pressures, the Egyptian government decided in 2015 to turn to the IMF for a $12 billion loan. The IMF is the last resort for countries experiencing economic crises. Borrowing countries are often required to implement Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs), which often involve restructuring the economies of borrowing countries into free economies. In Egypt, the Government decided to float the EGP against foreign currencies in addition to gradually reducing energy subsidies and introducing a value-added tax with the aim of reducing the budget deficit. However, it...Read More
  • Was Growth Pro-poorest in the Arab Region in the 1990s and 2000s?

    Dony El Costa, 07 Nov 2017  |  0 Comments
    The visualization of consumption growth premiums,[i] defined as the differences between the growth rate in the consumption of a given percentiles group and the overall survey mean growth, leads to the conclusion that while the Arab Region might have gone through a roughly equal number of pro-poor(est) and anti-poor(est) episodes over the 1990s and 2000s, the poor's consumption appears to have been subject to high volatility, and the very bottom of the distribution might well have been left behind.  This has serious policy-implications and calls for directing poverty reduction...Read More
  • Climate Change impact on sea level rising in Bahrain

    Therese El Gemayel, 17 Jul 2017  |  0 Comments
    The Kingdom of Bahrain, one of the 52 small islands developing states in the world, consists of 40 islands with a total land size of about 767 square kilometers in 2015 (Central Informatics Organization). The majority of the country’s population lives in coastal zones (Bahrain’s Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment, and Wildlife) and 81 percent of the population lives in Manama, the capital. The Kingdom is one of the most densely populated countries in the world at 1,700 persons per square kilometer in 2014 with projections of population doubling in...Read More
  • A Message to Policy-makers in the Arab Region: Address Income Inequality to Reduce Monetary Poverty in the Arab Region

    Dony El Costa, 12 Jul 2017  |  0 Comments
    There is an understanding among development economists that poverty reduction requires a combination of growth-enhancing and inequality-reducing policies. On the one hand, there is a long-lasting recognition that sustained economic growth is essential for durable poverty reduction as notably encapsulated by the "rising tide lifts all boats" adage. On the other hand, reducing social and economic inequalities, on top of constituting a moral development goal on its own right, is increasingly understood as "good economics"[i] and the reverse is perceived as leading to economic, social...Read More
  • What does a Pro-Poor and Pro-Poorest 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Mean?

    Dony El Costa, 28 Jun 2017  |  0 Comments
    Strong sentiments of underachievement in the past decades on all dimensions of sustainable development have led the international community to develop and adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). It’s a transformative and universal Agenda which core pledges are those "leaving no one behind" and "reaching the furthest behind first" principles[i] that member states and international stakeholders are now seeking to operationalise. The task is immense. With universality at their core, the SDGs encapsulate an all-encompassing...Read More
  • Revisiting Economic and Trade Integration in the Arab Region: New Prospects for Reaping Untapped Potential

    Ahmed Ghoneim, 21 Jun 2017  |  0 Comments
    Economic integration in the Arab region has passed through several stages in its history since the first endeavor of the Treaty for Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation in 1950 and ending with the establishment of the Pan Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA) in 1997 that was fully implemented by 2005. Over the period 2000-2015, the percentage of Arab intra-regional exports to their total exports has been steadily increasing from 5.1% in 2000 up to 10.8% in 2015[1].   This trend is considered relatively modest compared to other regional trade agreements around the globe and is...Read More
  • Status of Environment Statistics in the Arab Region

    Therese El Gemayel, 06 Jun 2017  |  0 Comments
    Environment has been an emerging topic worldwide since the recognition of the importance of preserving and protecting the environment by the international community, and since the emergence of the sustainable use of the earth’ resources at the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. Ever since, environment and sustainable development have been a priority on the international agenda, manifested in the launch of the Goal 7[1] of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, followed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and quite clearly reflected in the consensus reached on the...Read More
  • Success and Shortcomings of GCC Economic “Vision” Documents

    Christian Koch, 31 May 2017  |  0 Comments
    The drastic decline in oil prices beginning in 2014 has once again highlighted the need for broad-based economic diversification strategies to be implemented in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. This is not something new. In fact, the GCC leaderships recognized the challenge posed by a high degree of reliance on oil revenues as part of their annual state budgets quite some time ago and consistently since. Four years prior to the unveiling of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Plan (NTP), for example, the former Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources...Read More


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