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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

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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.
  • 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
  • Women’s Contribution to Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Arab World

    Yarin Kiroglu, 09 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    Globalization and its relationship with gender has been an emerging theme for international trade relations and women’s empowerment in developing countries. Given women's lower rates of school attendance and labor participation in the Arab world, the region has one of the lowest rates of women who are active in newly established business ventures (8.5%) and the number is even lower (3.5%) for businesses that are active for more than three years now.[1]   Although the number of women-owned businesses in the Arab world is still low, less than 4% of the total businesses, when...Read More
  • Female Education in the Arab World

    Yarin Kiroglu, 09 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    For the past decade, the Arab world has shown immense strides in increasing female education. It has been one of the most important indicators for assessing a country's development and a main route for eliminating inequalities in society. Starting from the early 1970s, the number of women in school in the region has been increasing.[1] After the 1990s, this trend shows additional increase in women attending secondary education. As the number of educated women has grown, so have the rates of female employees working in skilled labor.   However, inequality issues do not end...Read More
  • Unemployment among Women in the Arab World

    Yarin Kiroglu, 09 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    Despite the increasing number of women joining the workforce each year in the Arab world, whether in skilled work or hard labor, they still face a harsh job market. As of 2010, the unemployment rate of women in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was 18%, compared to a worldwide rate of 6%. [1]The female employment rate in MENA is 17.5%, whereas the worldwide rate is approximately 50%. However, these rates have decreased by approximately 2% in a decade, with different improvement rates in each country.[2]   In addition to the preexisting patriarchal barriers against...Read More
  • Public Private Partnerships in Education in the Arab World: Egypt and Qatar – Part II

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    Education has always played a critical role for national economic, political, and social development. Education also helps people escape from poverty and participate to a greater extent in society and the market place. In most parts of the world governments assume the responsibility for providing and financing education, especially basic education. This responsibility is often both too large and too complex for many government to meet adequately. Hence it is important for governments to explore diverse ways to finance and provide educational services.   The role of PPPs in...Read More
  • Public Private Partnerships in Education in the Arab World: Experiments and Modalities – Part I

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have helped to create an alternate source of funding for projects in the education sector and have allowed for a greater flow of technical assistance to the Arab region. PPPs in the education sector present a unique set of chal­lenges and are heavily dependent on political support. As a rule, “PPPS require greater interdependence between government, which pay for the infrastructure projects involved, and the private sec­tor, which delivers and manages them. PPPs for education infrastructure require a thorough preparation and assessment of facilities...Read More
  • Jobs and Skills in the Arab Region: E4E as a Promising Model – Part II

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    As we have already defined the challenges facing youth unemployment and underemployment across the Arab world, we now turn to a good example of a private sector initiative to help enhance skills - the “Education for Employment Initiative for Arab Youth” (E4E). The E4E initiative is a joint engagement between the IFC and the Islamic Development Bank focusing on providing comprehensive solutions to prepare youth in Arab countries for jobs. The program is based on the fact that youth unemployment remains at 25% across the Arab world and that education systems do not adequately address...Read More
  • Jobs and Skills in the Arab Region: Challenges and Solutions – Part I

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    The Arab region has witnessed remarkable socioeconomic improvements in the last decade. Reports indicate that roughly 10 million people enter the labor market annually. However, more than 40 million jobs need to be created over the next decade to keep up with the pace with new entries. The primary challenge facing the Arab nations today is that of youth employability. The region has a disproportionately large share of youth and the world’s highest youth unemployment rate. The region also has the lowest youth labor force participation rate in the world, which stands at 48% compared to...Read More
  • Gender and Education in the Arab Region: Reduced Gender Parity up the Education Ladder – Part II

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    As noted in Part I of this blog series, gender disparities in the Arab region have been reduced, but not eliminated. The second part of this blog reflects current trends in gender parity in secondary and tertiary education in addition to exploring indicators and factors that demonstrate higher educational achievement for girls who do attend school.   While the greatest achievements have been noted in a Gross Parity Index (GPI) of 0.95 in 2011 (up from 0.88 in 2005) in primary education across the region, gender parity remains a problem at all other levels of education,...Read More
  • Gender and Education in the Arab Region: Primary Education and Adult Literacy – Part I

    Rema Nair Balasundaram, 04 Jun 2015  |  0 Comments
    The Arab region has made significant strides in reducing gender gaps in human development. Countries in the region have taken seriously the MDG goals to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015. The region has worked hard towards progress in gender parity in the education sector in an attempt to create equal opportunities for women and men. As a result, women in the Arab region are more likely than men to attend university, and fertility rates have decreased over the last few years....Read More


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