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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:

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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.
  • 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
  • Overlooked Issues in the Anticipated Egypt – IMF Loan

    Ahmed Ghoneim [], 27 Oct 2016  |  0 Comments
    The Government of Egypt (GOE) announced in August 2016 that negotiations over a loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were successfully concluded, yet still pending the IMF board’s approval. The loan amounts to US dollar 12 billion to be disbursed over a three-year period. As to be expected, opinions in Egypt have been divided. Some see the loan as the last resort to save Egypt, expecting it to help lift its economy out of the crisis in light of dwindling Arab sources of finance and the deepening economic crisis, featured by the widening budget deficit, limited foreign...Read More
  • Devaluation of the Egyptian Pound: What’s New?

    Ahmed Ghoneim [], 13 Oct 2016  |  0 Comments
    Over the last few years, Egypt has been suffering from a major foreign exchange crisis accelerated by several security-related incidents, such as the 2015 terrorism attack on the Russian airline, Kogalymavia, on route to Saint Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh. Several Western countries halted their flights to Egypt and there was a severe drop in tourism, one of Egypt’s major sources of foreign exchange.   This has been accompanied by the dwindling of Suez Canal revenues due to a lull in world trade, which represents the second biggest source of foreign exchange to Egypt. In...Read More
  • Oil Price Developments: 2014-2016

    Walid Khadduri, 02 Sep 2016  |  0 Comments
    Oil prices started collapsing in mid-2014. Prices declined around 70%, falling from around $100/B[1] to approximately $30/B in early 2016[2]. Since mid-year 2016, prices rose to $50-40/B.[3]   Quite a lot has happened that would have a re-balancing effect on the markets. North American oil production has been declining for some time now. Iran has reentered the market, and oil production in Saudi Arabia and Iraq has increased. Nonetheless, production growth in Middle East OPEC has been partially offset by outages in Libya and Nigeria.   To understand the price...Read More
  • Rediscovering the Problem Solver(s)

    Ahmed Zahran, 15 Aug 2016  |  0 Comments
    Societal problems - as complex as they are - seem to encourage communities to think of equally complex solutions solely offered by elite actors referred to as specialized professionals. On the contrary, I believe that the complex problems of our society are partially rooted in simpler problems that have to do with the individual’s perception of our societal reality. Individuals – specifically young people – perceive societal problems as something beyond their ability and their sphere of influence. They see it as a concern the government ought to deal with through its existing...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
  • How can trade agreements push for good governance?

    Rima Younes El-Khatib, 15 Jun 2016  |  0 Comments
    Academics and development practitioners have identified lack of good governance as one of the main obstacles to development and economic prosperity in the Arab region[1]. In effect, many of the domestic problems, namely structural corruption, weak education systems, and high unemployment, could be linked back to and explained by poor levels of governance, in all of its three dimensions, namely political, economic and institutional.   In designing structural reforms and solutions to overcome the lack of good governance, trade policies have long been overlooked. Nevertheless...Read More
  • Gender Equity and Political Participation in the Arab World

    Yarin Kiroglu, 09 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    Since 2011, the Arab world has seen more and more positive changes in gender equality. Women's involvement in regional and domestic politics has increased in the past two years and they are gaining more hands-on experience. For example, an average of 12.2% of the seats of the parliaments in the Arab World are being held by women; given that Algeria, followed by Tunisia, have the highest shares in the Arab world, with rates of 31.6% and 26.7%, respectively.[1]   Besides, there is a growing number of women ministers in most Arab countries. For example, the United Arab...Read More


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