Submission Guidelines
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.
  • 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
  • How Do Unemployment and Conditions of Employment Affect the Health of the Youth in the Arab Countries in Light of the Results of the Arab Human Development Report?

    Ahmed Rashad, 20 Apr 2017  |  0 Comments
    The 2016 Arab Human Development Report: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality was published recently. The report points out several significant facts that can be linked to one another and places them within one framework in order to attain new results. First, the population in the Arab region is witnessing a rapid increase and the proportion of young people aged between 15-29 is close to 60%, which is the highest in the world.   Second, the youth unemployment in the Arab region is one of the major challenges; in 2014, the rate of...Read More
  • Liberalization of Trade in Services among Arab Countries from Dream to Reality: End of the Beirut Round of Negotiations

    Rima Younes El-Khatib, 13 Feb 2017  |  0 Comments
    From goods to services…    In February 1981, the Arab countries have concluded the Agreement to Facilitate and Develop Inter-Arab Trade. However, this agreement did not enter into force until February 1997, when it was agreed on drafting an executive program for the Agreement in order to establish a “Greater Arab Free Trade Area – GAFTA”.   The implementation of the GAFTA began in the first quarter of 1998 with a gradual liberalization through an annual reduction of 10% of customs duties and taxes with equivalent effects. Goods were scheduled to be traded...Read More
  • Who Receives Healthcare Services Support in Egypt? The Poor or the Rich

    Ahmed Rashad, 05 Apr 2017  |  0 Comments
    Following the independence in the fifties of the last decade, the modern Arab country that provides education, health and labor to all citizens emerged. Until this day, the Egyptian state still provides healthcare services in the heavily subsidized Ministry of Health-related hospitals, to enable the poor people of receiving healthcare services on the one hand, and to achieve justice in receiving medical serves and a more just redistribution of the income on the other hand. Despite the financial support, there is reluctance in receiving medical services from public healthcare units...Read More
  • Direct Personal Healthcare Spending and its Impact on Poverty in the Arab Countries

    Ahmed Rashad, 28 Feb 2017  |  0 Comments
    Many Arab countries suffer from the absence of a comprehensive health insurance system that covers the entire population. In the absence of such a system, many Arab households depend on direct personal healthcare spending in the event of sickness of any family member. Therefore, a significant number of the population in the Arab countries experiences the constant threat of an economic disorder in the event of sickness.   The health shock is more severe if it hits the head of the family, who is usually the family’s main source of income and of living. In fact, sickness does...Read More
  • The Arab region is gaining ground in low-carbon, sustainable energy investments

    Stephen Gitonga, 25 Jan 2017  |  0 Comments
    In September 2015, the UN General Assembly approved the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The agenda included the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with SDG 7 focusing on energy and SDG 13 on climate change. In December 2015, the world community reached a milestone with passage of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which entered into force on the 4th of November 2016, a few days before the start of the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco. These global achievements have contributed to new momentum in the Arab region to scale-up renewable energy investments.   To...Read More
  • Can Fiscal Policy have a Negative Effect? The Case of Lebanon

    Nasser Badra [], 18 Jan 2017  |  0 Comments
    Following the 2008 financial crisis, many countries have resorted to government expenditure as a tool to boost aggregate demand. However, these policies have led to the buildup of considerable debt. Triggering local demand by boosting government expenditure sometimes backfires by triggering a sovereign debt or currency crisis leading to a decline in income and high unemployment level as in the 2009 Greek and the most recent Egyptian crises.   As such, the question of whether fiscal policy is a valid tool to counteract business cycle fluctuations and/or boost aggregate...Read More


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