Those of you who have visited Dubai in recent years may relate to what I am going to say: Dubai is in the middle of the desert, and its land, not that long ago, was really worth nothing. Now it is…

Wael Zakout |

Our continued belief in the enormous resourcefulness, resilience and sheer drive of young Arab women has yet again been reconfirmed. 

Ayat Soliman, Olivier Lavinal |

Born in Tunisia, Rym Baouendi left at the age of 18. After passing her Tunisian baccalaureate exam, she attended the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon (France) where she…

Web Team |

“You can take the man out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the man.”   A native of Morocco, Hanane Benkhallouk began her career in New York before moving to Dubai in 2005…

Web Team |

Kazakhstan. Photo: Kubat Sydykov / World Bank How large is the share of public procurement to GDP in middle-income and low-income countries and how it is evolving? If sizable, can public…

Simeon Djankov, Federica Saliola, Asif Islam |

I’ve just returned from a mission to Palestine. During the visit, I met Fatima. She was happily married until last summer, when suddenly she lost everything. 

Wael Zakout |

إننا نعيش في واحدة من أندر لحظات التاريخ حين تشير الدلائل الاقتصادية والبحوث العلمية إلى الاتجاه ذاته: الاستثمار في تنمية الطفولة المبكرة يحقق عائدات عالية طوال الحياة.  فالأدلة الاقتصادية،…

شانتا ديفاراجان |

Le développement de la petite enfance est un investissement qui rapporte gros et durablement. Et, pour une fois,  les arguments économiques et scientifiques convergent dans le même sens. James…

Shanta Devarajan |

تنشأ حالة عدم المساواة في مرحلة مبكرة من الحياة.  وفي منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، فإنها تبدأ قبل الولادة، فرعاية الحوامل قبل الولادة ليست متاحة بشكل كامل للجميع، وتستمر الحالة حتى فترة…

ويل ستيبينز |

Inequality begins early in life. In the Middle East and North Africa region it begins before birth, as prenatal care is not universal, and continues right through early childhood with different…

Will Stebbins |