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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.
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5Translated version of your blog (if available)


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  • 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
  • Incentives and Diversification of Foreign Direct Investment

    Sofiane Ghali - Co-Author: Sami Rezgui, 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Relative to other developing countries and comparators in the Arab World, Tunisia has maintained relatively high levels of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), which have contributed to growth performance. The creation of an offshore regime in 1971 enabled a shift from an inward development orientation to an outward development orientation, reduced the anti-export bias inherent in the strict import-substitution policy of the 1960s and contributed significantly to economic performance. It also allowed Tunisia to attract FDI, break into global manufacturing chains and create massive jobs...Read More
  • Minimum Wages: Globally and in the Arab World

    Zafiris Tzannatos, 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Although only 52 countries have ratified the International Convention on Minimum Wage Fixing (C131, 1970), practically all countries have some institutionalized form of setting wages and labor laws regulating the contracts between employers and workers. Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen ratified the convention, but government-mandated wages and guidelines are found in Comoros, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia.   In absolute terms, minimum wages are higher in high-income countries, but in relative terms, they are higher in...Read More
  • Treating Wastewater Like Water: Increasing Treatment and Reuse

    Shibu B. Dhar, 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Would you drink treated wastewater from the toilet? Even if you say no, I know that you have been drinking it on a regular basis, if you live in the United States or many other parts of the world. Let me explain. I have visited wastewater treatment facilities in Orange County, Florida, Imperial County, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona. All orange orchards in Florida and some in California are irrigated by treated wastewater. The beginnings of a delicious freshly squeezed orange juice in a Whole Foods store most likely originated in someone’s toilet. Frozen Florida...Read More
  • Strengthening Tunisia’s ICT and Tech Potential – Part II

    Gley El Hadj, 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Given that ICT has already provided a powerful boost to the Tunisia’s growth and competitiveness in recent years, the government has already engaged in creating a more robust regulatory environment, promoting best practices in tech development and addressing some of the biggest consumer drags on the ICT and technology sectors’ growth.   Creating a More Robust Regulatory Environment   Since 2000, Tunisia has been drafting, implementing and executing regulatory regulations that promote both conformity of platforms and promote ICT competition.  In addition to...Read More
  • A Good Start for ICT in Tunisia – Part I

    Gley El Hadj, 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Digitization and information and communication technologies (ICTs) are widely recognized as key catalysts in transforming a nation’s economy and improving citizen well-being. Full use of ICTs also offers new ways of creating value, boosting higher productivity, engendering economic growth, and creating new quality jobs in the current hyper connected digital economic world.   In Tunisia, the ICT sector, including the telecommunications, software, services, and multimedia industries, is dynamic and a priority sector, with one of the highest growth rates (14.6 percent in 2012...Read More
  • Poverty in Egypt

    Ahmed Ghoneim [], 06 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Poverty in Egypt has remained high and vulnerable to changes in gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates. By February 2009, an estimated almost 21 percent of the population or approximately 13.5 million lived below the national poverty line.[1] According to the World Bank (2009), the poverty situation improved in 2008, compared to 2004/05 (figure 1).   Figure 1: Aggregate Poverty Measures, 1990/91–2008 (%) Sources: Kheir-El-Din and El-Laithy 2006; World Bank 2009. Note: P0 is a measure of incidence of poverty; P1 measures the depth of poverty measured by the...Read More


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