Public sectors in MENA have struggled to reform for decades. Public sector employees account for 25% of total employment across the region and public sector salaries represent 32% of total…

Izzah Akram Malik, Jens Kromann Kristensen |

As we commemorate the #16 Days of Activism campaign for yet another year, it is clear that no time should be lost in taking comprehensive and concrete action against the many forms of Gender-Based…

Ferid Belhaj, Ayat Soliman, Mirjam Kalle |

Despite accessibility of remote learning during closures, MENA students this year are academically behind cohorts of the same grades in previous years. To help with recovery, the World Bank and…

Kaliope Azzi-Huck, Andreas Blom, Keiko Miwa, Aarya Shinde |

Kuwait has begun to promote public transit as a means of reducing traffic and improving air quality, but residents are hesitant to explore this alternative method. Reforming public transport,…

Ibrahim Dajani, Hisham Fouad, Hakim Al-Aghbari, Abeer AlMutawa |

Despite high standards of living, women in Kuwait are facing increasing challenges to their equality in Kuwaiti society in terms of marriage, household responsibilities, divorce and inheritance,…

Ismail Radwan, Fatma Ahmad Al Ibrahim |

Turkey is on a path towards a comprehensive, fully accountable system of public financial management which can help ensure that public resources are used strategically, efficiently and effectively…

Seda Aroymak, Zeynep Lalik |

Remote work has changed our mindsets on the future of work across all layers of society. Countries, public institutions, and businesses will have to address multiple challenges in preparing for…

Samia Melhem, Andrea Carugati, Astrid Herdis Jacobsen, Joseph El-Cassabgui, Tala Khanji, Zaki Khoury |

The GCC countries, coping with the dual shocks of the pandemic and low oil prices, are standing at the crossroad of economic and social transformation. The future of the region depends on how well…

Sameh El-Saharty, Aviva Chengcheng Liu |

Just as in a hackathon, in an Ideathon competing teams put their thinking caps on, in this case to come up with everyday solutions related to the Sustainable Development Goals and current Covid-19…

Ismail Radwan |

The Middle East and North African countries cannot wait until the end of the pandemic to begin rebuilding the post-COVID region.

Ferid Belhaj, Nadir Mohammed |