While the formation of a new government in February 2014 represented a positive political development, security situation remained volatile with the spillover effect of the Syrian conflict.
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April 28, 2015 — A new World Bank report examines the effects of the Syrian war on the Lebanese economy. It uses a variety of analytical instruments to find - perhaps surprisingly – that the Syrian war has so far had a mixed impact on Lebanese trade.Read More »
April 27, 2015 — Economic activity picked up in the second half of 2014. Stronger economic performance and lower oil prices pushed real GDP growth to an estimated 2.0 percent in 2014. Renewed improvement in security conditions so far in 2015 and the launch of dialogue between opposing political parties are likely to positively impact consumer and investor confidence. In addition, continuously low oil prices are expected to have a positive net impact on the economy. Read More »
April 14, 2015 — The Middle East and North Africa region has achieved near universal access to health and education, but there is widespread dissatisfaction with the quality of the services providedRead More »
May 11, 2015 — A new report provides the first comprehensive analysis of the state of early childhood development in the Middle East and North Africa. The report shows that deficits before, during, and after birth tend to be irreversible and perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality.Read More »
Project aims to improve quality and access to water in an area where over half of the Lebanese population lives, works, and endures the dramatic winter floods, polluted sea waters, and either poor quality or highly expensive water.Read More »
This issue assesses the macroeconomic performance of seven of the MENA countries including Lebanon. All of these countries experienced rapid economic growth during 2000-10, and suffered a sharp economic slowdown in the aftermath of 2011. The brief focuses on the challenges facing these countries and at the consequences of the growth slowdown.Read More »