In February of this year the Syrian Center for Policy Research issued a report stating that 470, 000 Syrians had been killed in the war and 1.9 million wounded. That was 10 months ago and with the...

Omer Karasapan |

There are innumerable obstacles to achieving the new education sustainable development goals. Thankfully, there are probably even more answers. How we finance education systems may offer one such...

Peter Holland |

The demographic clock is ticking on both sides of the Mediterranean, from an aging workforce at one end to a workforce surplus on the other. Yet, whatever the demographic dynamics, the...

Hala Fadel |

This year, I was given the incredible opportunity of a summer internship at the headquarters of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, researching the different levels of investment that...

Angelena Simms |

In Part II of her interview, Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, World Bank Practice Manager for Education, explains the initiatives being take to improve all levels of public education in the Middle East...

Safaa El-Kogali |

With the school year starting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), millions of children are busily preparing to resume their studies. Some, caught in conflict, may not be able to go to...

Safaa El-Kogali |

[[tweetable]]Aristotle once said “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference, ” [[/tweetable]]and what a difference a group of young Lebanese men and women are making to advocate for...

Bassam Sebti |

Today 400, 000 school-age Syrian children living in Jordan and Lebanon are not in school. The situation is even worse in Turkey where 433, 000 school age refugees are out of school, according to...

Joel Bubbers |

It’s Ramadan and the Arabic TV channels are festooned with shows that vary from recurring popular soap operas, cooking and competition shows — but one has become the talk of the town. Al Sadma, or...

Bassam Sebti |

Two recently released World Bank reports — one on commodities and the other on remittances — lend insight into an unfolding dynamic in the world today. As oil prices dropped from more than $100...

Donna Barne |