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 |

Over the past year in Lebanon, more and more women have been speaking up about being harassed or treated unfairly, and they’re claiming their rights and making an impact. Women are starting to…

Rhea Jabbour, Angela Elzir |

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 |

Lebanon is facing three mega-crises all at once: an economic and financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the aftermath of the Port of Beirut explosion – one of the largest non-nuclear…

Angela Elzir |

This year in Lebanon, going back to school is a long-awaited event after prolonged school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nathalie Lahire, Hana El-Ghali, Farah Asfahani, Sherin Varkey |

World Bank teams in Lebanon have introduced independent verification and monitoring mechanisms into Bank financed operations, and have required, as part of the legally binding financing agreements…

Jocelyne Jabbour, Rima Koteiche |

According to two rounds of a pulse survey, 74% of countries reported disruptions to communicable disease treatment, 73% reported disruptions to immunization, and 38% reported disruptions to non-…

Denizhan Duran, Rekha Menon |

COVID-19 has not stopped countries from addressing marine litter. Rather, the main issue has been MENA governments carrying out different marine waste policies and making different investments.…

Kanako Hasegawa, Marcelo Acerbi, Khalid Anouar |

Please join us on April 21, 2021 at 7:30AM EST for a cross-country experience sharing on strengthening public procurement systems in Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Mozambique through the Methodology for…

Carlos Ferreyra |