Palestinian public institutions have played a crucial role in enabling recent economic growth. Increasing fiscal stress and protracted stalemate in the political process, however, have increased the risk of erosion of the institutional capacity that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has built to date.
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Restrictions on economic activity in area C of the West Bank have been particularly detrimental to the Palestinian economy. This report shows that rolling back the restrictions will bring substantial benefits to the Palestinian economy and can usher in a new period of increasing Palestinian gross domestic product (GDP) and substantially improve prospects for sustained growth.
Climate change is already affecting the Arab World in dire ways. It will cause e extreme heat to spread across more of the land for longer periods of time, making some regions unlivable and reducing growing areas for agriculture.
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.