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 |

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 |

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 |

Satellite data show a significant drop in nighttime light emission in 2015, which could indicate a decrease in economic productivity in Yemen at the start of the conflict. For instance, between…

Naif Abu-Lohom, ​​​​​​​Ali Almelhem, Selamawit T. Ghebremicael, Eli Kravitz, Gianluca Mele, Garrett Tate |

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 |

Access to safe and efficient transportation services is a challenge for many workers worldwide. For minimum wage or informal workers, commuting between home and work can easily turn into a…

Clotilde V. Minster, Nabil Samir, Jean-François Arvis |

In Lebanon, 60% of women still cite “childcare responsibilities” as the main reason why they do not join the workforce. Despite a high educational attainment, with 64% of women having completed at…

Lama Abou Char, Angela Elzir, Ahmad Jaber |

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 |