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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)


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  • Arab Capital Markets: Fixed Income Markets in the GCC – Part IV

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Part IV of this six-part series examines fixed income markets in the more developed Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ markets of the Arab World. This section considers unique features of GCC issues, sukuks, as well as the major players in GCC fixed-income markets and recent growth trends.   Fixed-income paper is issued by central banks, governments, corporations, and other entities to raise resources from the market. They are generally debt obligations of the issuer according to various maturities and with predetermined terms of remuneration. They can take a wide...Read More
  • Arab Capital Markets: Locked Stocks and Equity for SMEs – Part III

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Part III of this six-part series seeks to better understand two interesting features of Arab equity markets. Specifically, why are Arab markets dominated by locked shares and how some Arab governments are using equity markets to foster the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).   Free-floats and Locked Stocks   A major feature of developed stock markets is the tradability of listed company shares, allowing prices to reflect company value. Such market liquidity is reflected in small spreads, with large volumes of transactions for each share ensuring...Read More
  • Arab Capital Markets: Equity Markets Across the Arab World – Part II

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Part II of this six-part series provides a brief overview of the structure of equity markets and capitalization across the Arab world.   Equity markets can be a valuable, dynamic mechanism for price discovery—facilitating capital investment, entrepreneurial equity finance, privatization, corporate restructuring, and corporate governance (Rocha et al. 2011). Efficient markets would be liquid, allowing trade to occur always with small spreads between ask and bid prices. They would enable market-based valuation of listed companies. To operate efficiently, markets would...Read More
  • Arab Capital Markets: Introduction – Part I

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    One of the roles of finance is to mobilize surplus capital and channel it to agents needing finance. Traditionally that has been the role of financial institutions like banks. However, capital markets have been playing an increasing role directly mobilizing public savings and directly funding predominantly companies or governments. Equity participations and debt are the two main intermediation categories of instruments of capital markets, generally taking the form of equity shares and bonds, respectively.   Arab financial systems are developing their capital markets...Read More
  • Innovation Initiatives in the Arab World: Public Policy and Lessons Learned – Part II

    Julia Devlin, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Innovation initiatives across the Arab world are growing, often through innovation clusters, IT hubs, and national champions. One goal is to create a concentration or “spikiness” of innovation efforts. Such patterns are also prevalent globally and range from more state-centric approaches such as in China’s Guangdong Province to innovation hubs in the United States, which have evolved hand-in-hand with research universities and institutions supporting an entrepreneurial community. National champions play a critical part. In the Republic of Korea, for example, Samsung, LG, and SK...Read More
  • Innovations in the Arab World: Global Innovation Rankings and What Corporate Executives Are Saying – Part I

    Julia Devlin, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Globally, innovation rankings tend to be correlated with per capita income levels. On average, Arab countries rank 85th and are roughly comparable with countries such as Indonesia. Challenge areas include creative outputs as well as knowledge and technology outputs. Jordan is among a select group of emerging and middle-income countries—including China, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam—that are rapidly moving up the rankings relative to per capita income levels. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, such as Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab...Read More
  • Improving the Arab Institutional Infrastructure for Sound Financial Systems

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Sound financial infrastructure is characterized by reliable and easily accessible financial information, credible and transparent commercial regulation and effective legal dispute resolutions mechanisms.  Arab countries’ financial infrastructure still leaves to be desired and limits the expansion of the region’s financial systems and their ability to support socioeconomic development.   In terms of the financial information infrastructure, Arab countries do well, but could improve.  Data and information providers, such as the Prime Holding and Zawya, collect,...Read More
  • Barriers to the Growth of Housing Finance in the Arab World

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    With a third of the population currently under the age of 15 and dire projections of future housing need, increased mortgage and housing lending is an urgent priority in the Arab world (Mirkin 2010).  Currently, mortgage loans account for less than 10 per cent of loan portfolios in the region, low by international standards.  Africa, East Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean estimates put mortgage loans at 10, 16 and 20 percent of total loan portfolios, well above the Arab region.   The presence of housing finance across the region is uneven as it is for...Read More
  • Mixed Results on Human Development in Egypt

    Wafik Grais, 05 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    Since the 1980s, health indicators in Egypt have improved significantly but with citizens bearing a heavy health expenditures burden. Life expectancy increased from about 57 in the early 1980s to 73.5 in the early 2010s, slightly higher than the average for Arab countries. At 75.5 years, female life expectancy is slightly higher than male life expectancy.[1] The increase reflects improvements in water and sanitation and health provision services that enabled reductions in mortality rates.[2] However, total health expenditures in gross domestic product (GDP) remain less than half...Read More
  • Public-Private Partnerships in Education: Evidence from Jordan’s Education Initiative's Success – Part II

    Julia Devlin, 04 Mar 2015  |  0 Comments
    A recent evaluation of Jordan’s Education Initiative (JEI) offers valuable insights into the impact of an education PPP. Launched in 2003 under the umbrella of the World Economic Forum, JEI is a local, global, and multi-stakeholder partnership. Its aim is to integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) into grades 1–12 as a teaching and learning tool. JEI is part of a national strategy to enhance knowledge economy skills. JEI's four main objectives are to:   Improve education delivery through PPPs Promote innovation among teachers and students in...Read More


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