With a population of 355 million and the vast majority of people living in middle-income countries, the MENA region came into the Arab Spring with multiple strengths, including a young and educated population, strong resource base, and economic resilience that helped it weather the 2008/9 global financial crisis.
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April 14, 2015 — What is holding the region back from creating jobs and improving public services? Watch the replay video of the live discussion held on April 15, 2015 at the World Bank where panelists discussed the need for a new social contract to address the demands of Arab World citizens.Read More »
April 17, 2015 — The Arab Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group signed today an Enhanced Partnership Framework to support countries in the Middle East and North Africa region in developing their economies and financial markets. Read More »
April 17, 2015 — World Bank MENA Vice President & Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity singed the project to provide income support & expand social inclusion to families with young children, elderly, & persons with severe disabilities. Read More »
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.Read More »