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 |

Over the last few years, the government of the UAE has made gender equality and women’s economic empowerment a top policy priority. To address deeper legal inequalities, the government requested…

Iva Hamel, Gharam Alkastalani Dexter |

As countries face economic stagnation due to COVID-19, there remains great gender disparity in the region. In addition to legal discriminations, women face constraints that influence their…

Ferid Belhaj |

What is the best path to building better and greener after the COVID-19 pandemic? Currently, there are two opportunities that are especially relevant for MENA countries:

Marcelo Acerbi, Martin Heger, Helena Naber, Lia Sieghart |

Tunisia's ranking in terms of gender equality dropped from 90th to 124th between 2006 and 2020. The trend in the overall index is reflected in the sub-indices. Tunisia thus moves from the…

Antonius Verheijen |

Research suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to exacerbate Tunisia’s development challenges by reversing the recent trend of poverty reduction. More people will likely fall below the…

Deeksha Kokas , Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Abdel Rahmen El Lahga, Vibhuti Mendiratta |

Tunisia’s first-ever national open data hackathon, brought together 170 participants comprising 38 different teams with the support of the World Bank.

Moatez Chaouachi, Ibrahim Elghandour, Stephen Davenport |

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 |

As new coronavirus cases rise again more than three months after lockdown ended, Tunisian pupils are preparing for schools to reopen. What can they expect? What health conditions lie in wait for…

Michael Drabble, Antonius Verheijen |