Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in China in late 2019, has the potential to disrupt the economies of the Middle East and North Africa through four distinct channels: directly through…

Rabah Arezki, Ha Nguyen |

There is an urgent need for a new approach to economic activity on the Mediterranean Sea, which is warming at two to three times the rate of the global ocean.

Lia Sieghart |

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 Marie-Nelly |

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 |

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 |

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 |

World Bank Vice President, Hafez Ghanem addresses the key factors influencing the economies of the Middle East and North Africa region, and the steps needed to promote more sustainable growth and…

Web Team |

Every year, Iranian schools and universities are in back in session on the first day of autumn—September 23rd. Despite educating some of the world’s top minds, such as the late Maryam Mirzakhani,…

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou |

This is the second part of our interview with with Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, World Bank Practice Manager in the Education Global Practice, on the challenges faced by the region’s education systems…

Web Team |