Our new World Bank report, “Advancing Knowledge of the Water-Energy Nexus in the GCC Countries,” discusses the challenges GCC countries face in ensuring long-term sustainability of the use of its…

Issam Abousleiman, Anders Jagerskog |

All eyes are on Egypt during COP27 as the world meets in Sharm El Sheikh. A year ago, at COP26, the World Bank Group launched the Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs), a new core…

Paul Noumba Um |

Climate finance is an essential component to enabling climate action, and large-scale investments are needed. The WBG, the biggest multilateral funder of climate investments in developing…

Nadir Mohammed, Jens Kromann Kristensen, Mona El-Chami, Vivi Neimenmaa, Marissa Dondoe |

A new report entitled, “Overweight and Obesity in Saudi Arabia,” and by the Saudi Health Council, in collaboration with the World Bank, provides a comprehensive assessment of overweight and…

Reem F. Alsukait, Christopher H. Herbst, Meera Shekar, Rekha Menon, Mohammed Alluhidan |

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has a fixation with subsidizing consumer goods, particularly water, food, and energy. Subsidies are often introduced to protect the poor and…

Federica Alfani, Maria Eugenia Genoni, Johannes Hoogeveen |

As we keep hearing the term “inflation” in the news every day, it’s worth revisiting what that really means for MENA countries. Here are four policies that tackle high inflation and low growth…

Nadir Mohammed, Kevin Carey, Johannes Hoogeveen, Gladys Lopez-Acevedo |

The energy sector remains a male-dominated field across the world, and this is no different in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Women in MENA already have a generally low participation…

Husam Beides, Elisabeth Maier |

A rebound in private participation in infrastructure (PPI) in 2021 may suggest recovery from the pandemic is underway for public-private partnerships. These key lessons inform how PPPs can provide…

Imad N. Fakhoury |

Adopting best-practice building techniques can have a tremendous impact on global warming. Developers can make improvements in two areas.

Ismail Radwan |

The war in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time, eroding global economic prospects as much of the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the immediate impacts of the…

Mari Elka Pangestu |