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  • Reply to: Education reform to create entrepreneurs   4 days 22 hours ago

    The majority of Arab youth, as elsewhere, will not be entrepreneurs unless you take into consideration no-tech and lo-tech definitions as well as the importance of the informal economy [see Peace through Entrepreneurship by Steven Koltai]. Education has to be broadly defined to include vo-tech where there are a significant number of jobs if employees are fairly compensated and treated. It is an overstatement to say that education for entrepreneurship is somehow a magic bullet. For those of us who work in the weeds, a lot more has to happen for even 25% of youth to have those opportunities. For those who have the motivation and options, but it is hard to conceive of entrepreneurship as the tide that raises all boats for youth in the MENA and Africa.

  • Reply to: Yemen: so critically short of water in war that children are dying fetching it   5 days 9 hours ago

    Hello Farouk, I would like to discuss this topic further with you for an academic report. Can you please contact me at ?

    I can't find your contact details anywhere.

  • Reply to: Education in Yemen Struggles after More than a Year of Conflict   1 week 6 days ago

    Yemen's education system, first and foremost, suffers from deep-rooted corruption that permeates throughout its structure, both horizontally and vertically. Due to corruption, financial resources are mismanaged, not enough schools are built, and many of those built are sub-standards, with no facilities for scientific, sport, and cultural activities. Also, and due to corruption, low quality people are hired as teachers without being properly screened for qualifications and skills, as they are hired mostly because of favoritism and nepotism. Exams are faked,, etc, etc, and we can go on and on with the list of corruption issues in the education sector in Yemen, and their dire consequences. I am truly amazed that you have not made even the slightest hint about corruption in Yemen and its impact on education, generally speaking, and in particular internal corruption in the education sector itself. What you have mentioned in the article are in fact the symptoms of decay in the sector, not the root causes. I think that until the issue of corruption and intentional mismanagement in the sector (at the very least) are not solved at the root, no progress of substance in the education sector in Yemen will ever be achieved. Whatever resources poured in the sector will simply go down the drains. It is as simple as that. As you well know, the symptoms you've mentioned are the same ones we read about 10 years ago, and back then were the same ones we read 20 years earlier on, and we will still mention those same issues 10, 20, and even 30 years from now. Not speaking of the corruption issue is with all regret as simple as like burying the head in the sand. If there has been some progress made in the education sector in Yemen it is only in terms of rough quantity (against quality and results), and the progress caused by some private sector investments (and even that should be gauged in relative terms).

    Adel Mansour
    Senior Project Officer
    SMED - Small and Micro Enterprises Development unit
    Social Fund for Development - Yemen
    Skype: adelmansouryemen
    Cell/Watsapp: 00967 711 867 202

  • Reply to: Will forcibly displaced Syrians get their land back?   2 months 3 weeks ago

    Hi Paul

    Thanks for your reply. Already working my mind around the How we can make to happen. Digital and Funding are 2 CSF's. Surely, we can get it off when smart minds like you labor to find the right solutions. I will be privileged to contribute to my People, motherland and beloved SYRIA.

    Already sent a msg through blog Contact web form containing my email address to progress our discussion offline.

    Best regards.

  • Reply to: Will forcibly displaced Syrians get their land back?   2 months 3 weeks ago

    Hello Omar. I agree - and we are trying to start a process. We hope to soon launch a survey of Syrian refugees that will involve collecting information about the status of land tenure at the time of displacement, what documents they may have that demonstrate land rights, and what may have happened to the land since displacement. In terms of other conflict situations, I'd recommend looking at the Bosnia, Kosovo and Colombia examples. For a non-conflict situation, the South Africa experience is informative as well.

    I would be happy to continue the discussion off-line if you send me some contact details.