No country can truly prosper without sustained investments in its people. Recognizing this challenge, Morocco is giving increasing priority to early childhood development

Isabelle Poupaert |

As we look back at the four years spent in the Maghreb and Malta, as Country Director Marie Francoise-Nelly would like to share some reflections on her work there with the World Bank.

Marie Francoise -Nelly |

Harnessing the power of their regional domestic demand is just what is needed for MENA countries to help them transform from administered to market oriented economies.

Rabah Arezki |

For countries in the Middle East and North Africa, export-led development strategies have had little success, and instruments of the earlier import-substitution strategy — such as state-owned…

Rabah Arezki |

In the last seven decades, Kuwait has achieved considerable progress in its social, political, and economic indicators, thanks to the wise utilization of oil revenues. However, the government…

Ghassan Alkhoja, Wael Zakout |

Algeria’s consecration at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations comes amid sweeping political transformation triggered by massive demonstrations in the past few months driven by the youth asking for…

Rabah Arezki |

In the developing countries of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) more than 60% of the population lives in urban areas. At the same time, poor people are disproportionally concentrated…

Aziz Atamanov, Sharad Tandon |

The Government of Jordan has been encouraging entrepreneurship to accelerate the rates of job creation in the country.

Ali AbuKumail |

The force of digitalization is driving the global economy, creating distinct groups of leaders and laggards. Through institutional reform that leverages the advantages of digitalization, the…

Carlo Maria Rossotto, Marolla Haddad |

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 |