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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August 12, 2014 — Marking International Youth Day, new impact evaluation briefs released by the World Bank Group shed new light on development interventions in girls’ education, child marriage, and sexual and reproductive health.Read More »
August 11, 2014 — The Public Works Project has improved access to paved roads, education, water & health in Yemen's rural areas where 70% of the population lives. It also generated short-term employment for 2.13 million.Read More »
July 24, 2014 — Decentralization is at the heart of the new Tunisian constitution. A US$300 million World Bank program aims to help Tunisians strengthen local government and improve decision making.Read More »
Seven million Tunisians, or 70% of the population, live in cities. A US$300 million program aims to empower city municipalities, raise their capacity to deliver services and make them more accountable to their citizens.Read More »