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 |

COVID-19 has made the need to develop a more friendly business environment in Algeria urgent. Emphasis should be placed on pursuing digitization and simplifying procedures for business, whether…

Maria (Maika) Chiquier, Lorenzo Bertolini |

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 |

Between 2010 and 2019, Algeria recorded nearly 3,000 fires, burning an area equivalent to about 30,000 soccer fields a year. Sustainable Forest Management aims to improve the economic, social, and…

Andrea Kutter, Karima Ben Bih, Sandrine Jauffret |

The World Bank is supporting the introduction of an Arabized Computer Science curriculum for students and teachers across the region, leveraging Code.org’s self-guided online courses and relying…

Shireen Yacoub, Leonardo Ortiz Villacorta |

Algeria, like the entire MENA region, has been hit by economic shocks exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital transformation, one of Algeria’s main development goals before the crisis, is…

Dorothee Delort, Isabelle Poupaert |

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 |

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the need for digital skills, therefore education and training need to become more affordable, relevant, context-vigilant and inclusive. There are five elements to…

Andreas Blom, Mariam Nusrat, Nicole Goldin |

While the region has made strides in achieving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), 13% of the population – over 74 million people – still lack access to handwashing facilities, and…

Carmen Nonay, Rajesh Advani |