On Monday, the world marked International Women’s Day. As a husband and father of strong, wonderful women, I am always very much aware of the occasion.
Middle East and North Africa
Are you a young enterpreneur (between the ages of 15 and 30) or organization with a small-scale youth project, addressing the thematic areas of youth development supported under the Global Public-Private Partnership for Youth Investment (GPYI): entrepreneurship, civic engagement and empowerment?
Are you from any of the following eligible Middle East & North Africa (MENA) countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, or West Bank and Gaza?
November marks the eighth anniversary of the Doha Development Agenda– the first multilateral trade negotiation under the auspices of the World Trade Organization. But what started as a real opportunity to help poor countries prosper through trade, for some it has now become a lost cause. But Doha doesn’t have to be a metaphor for failure. We can still save it and make it work. After all, if we can’t fix Doha, how can we hope to address much greater challenges that confront us, such as climate change?
The World Bank has recently published the report Sustaining Gains in Poverty Reduction and Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa. The report states that there has been little progress in poverty reduction in the MENA region since the mid 1980s. The slow growth can be at the origin of this lack of progress in poverty reduction.
In an interview, Farrukh Iqbal, Lead Economist and author of the report, talks about the relationship between growth and poverty in the region: