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April 2021

Well-prepared health systems and early access to vaccines helped countries in the GCC mitigate the effects of COVID-19.


World Bank MENA Vice President, Ferid Belhaj, reflects on the decade since the uprisings and how to avoid another lost decade.


Teams from around the world participated in a competition to develop everyday solutions related to the COVID-19 crisis in MENA.

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Issam Abousleiman

Country Director of the GCC Countries

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Oct 07, 2020

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2020

The World Bank’s biennial Poverty and Shared Prosperity report finds that the rate of extreme poverty in the MENA region rose from 3.8% in 2015 to 7.2% in 2018 — the latest year for which data is available.

Oct 09, 2019

MENA Economic Update: Reaching New Heights: Promoting Fair Competition in the ...

GDP growth is projected to be 0.6% in the region in 2019, a fraction of what is needed to create enough jobs for the fast-growing working-age population in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Feb 06, 2019

The Mobility of Displaced Syrians: An Economic and Social Analysis

This report identifies key factors weighing on Syrian refugees contemplating a return home and analyzes how changing conditions in Syria might affect their decisions.

Nov 13, 2018

Expectations and Aspirations: A New Framework for Education in the Middle ...

The report outlines a new framework with a three-pronged approach. Unleashing education’s potential will require a ‘push’ for learning, a ‘pull’ for skills and a new ‘pact for education.

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