Has Asia’s growth-centric model translated into better lives for Asians? UN ESCAP’s 2020 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific measures just that. It calls for all stakeholders to…

Jyoti Bisbey |

Human solidarity is the most powerful defense against human suffering. Across the region, we are seeing scores of stories of people uniting, any way they can, to alleviate the health and economic…

Ferid Belhaj |

Economic stops due to COVID-19 are cascading through economies. For infrastructure investors, the evaporation of demand is colliding with cost increases/uncertainty. This tidal wave will come into…

Herb Ladley |

Egypt’s rapid population growth and lack of affordable housing have made house ownership and rental difficult, especially for low-income households. Available, affordable housing has been affected…

Jean Michel Lobet, Laila Abdelkader, Alia Eldidi |

Angola has an ambitious reform program for the public business sector including restructuring some SOEs, privatizing others, and developing PPPs. How is the World Bank helping this? Enabling…

Olivier Lambert, Wilson Piassa |

Of the region’s 450 million people, nearly two-thirds, almost 300 million people, are under the age of 35. Unfortunately, this vast human resource is highly “untapped,” and nearly 80 percent of…

Anna Bjerde |

The novel coronavirus, which first emerged in China in late 2019, has the potential to disrupt the economies of the Middle East and North Africa through four distinct channels: directly through…

Rabah Arezki, Ha Nguyen |

In 2005, Affaf joined el sewing center in Mokattam and started to learn how to sew until she mastered everything. She is now the manager of the center, and she deals with clients, gives them…

Yasmina Abou Youssef |

Economic impacts of the coronavirus on PPPs will place a tremendous burden on project stakeholders, users, and public and private sectors for weeks, months or years. A strategic focus on…

David Baxter |

In Iraq and Lebanon women are taking an active role as mobilizers and opinion builders, and a third of Lebanon’s newly formed cabinet is women. This is a record high not just for Lebanon, but in…

Saroj Kumar Jha |