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New Economic Update

New report finds that 5.5 million more Iraqis could be pushed into poverty due to COVID-19 & oil collapse.

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Country Economic Memorandum

New report highlights what Iraq can do to sustain future growth, and shows why it has not managed to achieve high growth.

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New Report

Women’s labor force participation in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon remains among the lowest in the world.

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Regional Director for the Mashreq

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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.

Jul 15, 2020

Building for Peace: Reconstruction for Security, Sustainable Peace, and ...

The World Bank and the German Development Cooperation have joined efforts to take a fresh look at reconstruction, development, and the transition to sustainable peace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and ...

Jun 17, 2020

The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria

The Mashreq region has seen more than its share of deaths, economic losses, and instability for the last decade.

Apr 09, 2020

MENA Economic Update: How Transparency Can Help the Middle East and North ...

The need for greater transparency comes as the MENA region faces unprecedented dual shocks from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the collapse in oil prices.

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