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.
  • 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
  • Tunisia - Creating jobs AND citizens!

    Ines Amri, 04 Aug 2016  |  0 Comments
    Boosting the entrepreneurship ecosystem, opening up to the new waves of digital economies, and engaging the disengaged youth through education are Tunisia’s main channels to overcome high youth unemployment and to restructure and revive its economy both in the short and long terms. Opening up pathways to the current and future generations in the labour market in an environment that bring people together for wealth creation should be the utmost priorities of the current government policies.   In the last successive post-revolution governments – and despite the short-...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
  • Decarbonizing Development

    Kishan Khoday , 10 Jan 2017  |  0 Comments
    The Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force this month, following its rapid ratification by countries around the world. The Agreement has the goal of keeping global temperatures below a 2degree Celsius rise relative to pre-industrial levels. This would avoid the worst effects of climate change, as rising greenhouse gas emissions jeopardize achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, threatening to exacerbate disasters, poverty and inequality the world over.   The latest Assessment Report (AR5) issued by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change...Read More
  • Economic Diversification in the GCC Countries – Destination Unknown

    Christian Koch, 28 Nov 2016  |  0 Comments
    The sharp decline in oil prices in 2014 brought to an end a decade-long period of high economic growth and budget surpluses for the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). While the GCC states have experienced such downturns in the oil markets before, this time has proven different given most expectations that the oil price is unlikely to recover soon and actually might never again reach the above $100 levels seen for much of the decade from 2003 to 2013.   The impact could immediately be...Read More
  • No End in Sight to Syria’s Economic Woes

    Jihad Yazigi, 17 Nov 2016  |  0 Comments
    Most estimates of the economic cost of the Syrian war point to a total bill of around $250 billion as at the end of 2015. This number includes both the direct costs of the destruction, that is, the amount it would cost to replace what has been destroyed, such as residential buildings, factories and their machinery, power plants, oil wells and other infrastructure, and indirect costs to account for what the Syrian economy has lost in terms of economic output.   Several more months, if not years, are expected to run before the war effectively ends, meaning that Syria is...Read More
  • Global Energy Trends: Is there a Revolution in the Making?

    Carole Nakhle, 08 Nov 2016  |  0 Comments
    Evolution   For a long time, the history of global energy consumption has been marked by the dominance of a single fuel – first wood, then coal, then oil. But all along, the economic, political and technological forces have also altered the energy mix, often in unpredictable ways, as they have driven the transition from one dominant fuel to another. Today, the world’s fuel mix is much diversified than ever before. One of the key questions asked by many is how the evolution of the fuel mix will continue in the light of the new concern about climate change.  ...Read More


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