Oman, like many other countries, struggled with overseeing a large number of inefficient public enterprises in various sectors. Enterprises active in the oil and gas sector made a healthy profit…

Ismail Radwan |

At a recent event at the World Bank’s annual Spring Meetings, Ibrahim AlSuwail, Deputy Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Investment Authority (SAGIA), discussed just how far the Kingdom has come…

Issam Abousleiman |

When it comes to improving portfolio performance, the Maghreb Country Management Unit (CMU) has found a solution that worked well: Partnering with the Government counterparts to form a strong…

Afef Haddad |

The call for the transformation of the role of the state contained in the latest MENA Economic Monitor (MEM) cannot be overemphasized. For the "moonshot approach" to the new digital…

Andrea Barone |

"It was the first time we talked while the officials listened. Not as in the past, when they used to talk and we just listened." With this simple statement, Taha Al-Leithi, a young…

Amal Faltas, Dr. Walaa Gad Al-Karim |

Watching party activists pass out election leaflets in Bizerte on Labor Day gave me the first tangible feel that local elections were coming, in an otherwise quite understated campaign. While some…

Antonius Verheijen |

Continuing the dialogue and peer-to-peer exchange on the benefits and challenges to fiscal transparency is essential to sustaining the momentum for reform. The time for action is now — the Arab…

Renaud Seligmann, Lida Bteddini |

Although employment is usually seen as a resource for women’s empowerment, it does not automatically translate into better status and lower rates of violence for women. In fact, in some settings,…

Laila El-Zeini, Ramadan Hamed |

Having spent much of my working life working with and in countries in transition, it remains painful to watch the disillusionment that so often strikes people that had the courage to change a bad…

Antonius Verheijen |

I had the privilege recently to spend an unscheduled hour of discussion with a group of young Tunisians who were visiting our offices. As often, on these occasions it is hard not to get captured…

Antonius Verheijen |