In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the coronavirus (COVID-19) is disproportionately affecting poor households, who are more likely to live in cramped conditions, often with elderly…

Aziz Atamanov, Johannes Hoogeveen, Laura Rodriguez |

Tamkeen is a longstanding program for development planning in Yemen that encourages social and economic resilience in the face of conflict by assessing a community’s resources—its skills, public…

Abdulelah Taqi |

On June 10, 2020, Mosul celebrated the opening of “Al-Hurriyya” or “Freedom” Bridge, which was reconstructed with financing from the World Bank. The reopening of this bridge will change the lives…

Sajjad Ali Shah, Ibrahim Dajani, Salman Anees Soz |

Despite the inconveniences of school closures due to the coronavirus, efforts to mitigate the impact have the potential to expand the flexibility of delivering education in MENA.

Kaliope Azzi-Huck, Andreas Blom, May Bend |

Today, the world is seeing an unprecedented freeze on work and production, a repercussion of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures taken to confine it.

Dalal Moosa, Federica Saliola |

If there is a single lesson to draw from the pandemic, it is that transparency in public information can save lives and improve economic outcomes, by enhancing societal trust in the state.

Ferid Belhaj |

Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic…

Ferid Belhaj |

Egypt’s rapid population growth and lack of affordable housing have made house ownership and rental difficult, especially for low-income households. Available, affordable housing has been affected…

Jean Michel Lobet, Laila Abdelkader, Alia Eldidi |

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 |

In 2005, Affaf joined el sewing center in Mokattam and started to learn how to sew until she mastered everything. She is now the manager of the center, and she deals with clients, gives them…

Yasmina Abou Youssef |