As much as 88% of Lebanese companies recently surveyed in the digital and tech sectors are actively looking to hire full time employees, yet are unable to find the right talent. This is a worrying…

Sabine Habibian, Angela Elzir, Ahmad Jaber |

The recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, has raised the prominence of climate action in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)…

Asif Islam, Dalal Moosa, Federica Saliola |

Private sector-led development can act as a complimentary force supporting long-term, sustainable economic growth. Private sector development (PSD) can not only help reverse the economic impact of…

Tania Ghossein, Ahmed Nauraiz Rana |

Digital investments in government operations not only make them more efficient, but they also increase preparedness for emergencies, whether related to public health, climate, fragility, or trade…

Nadir Mohammed, Jens Kromann Kristensen, Emily Kallaur, Stephen Davenport |

Women of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have outperformed many other regions in terms of life expectancy, infant mortality, and tertiary education. Their performance in education has, in…

Ferid Belhaj, Paul Noumba Um, Muneeza Mehmood Alam |

Yemen faces multiple challenges, including conflict, displacement, and economic instability. These challenges have disproportionately affected women, limiting their access to economic…

Federica Ranghieri, Fayyaz Ahmad Faiz-Rasul |

To support her family, Anissa Cheik Abdoulkader opened a restaurant overlooking National Road 1, which is very popular with Ethiopian truck drivers and the inhabitants of Mouloud in the southern…

Mohamed-Amin Mahdi, Rabia Houssein Aden, Caroline Cerruti |

Against a tight deadline at the end of 2021, IFC’s regional PPP transaction advisory team got stakeholders to sign off on a restructured PPP for the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Int’l Airport,…

Muneer Ferozie |

70% of developing nations have established power sector regulations since 1990s. A strong regulatory regime improves performance, ensures fair prices and good service. However, implementation…

Mumba Ngulube |

Private participation in infrastructure (PPI) data for the first half of 2022 provides a mixed picture. Urgent action is needed to bolster private capital to finance resilient infrastructure with…

Imad N. Fakhoury, Fatouma Toure Ibrahima |