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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:

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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