After Ben Guerdane
Oct 12, 2016 / Library
Tunisians will remember the March 7, 2016 terrorist incursion in the border town of Ben Guerdane for a long time. Analysts and officials have speculated that the aim of the assailants was to establish a Daech emirate near the Tunisian-Libyan border.
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Education Reform to Create Entrepreneurs
Oct 10, 2016 / Blog entry
The demographic clock is ticking on both sides of the Mediterranean – from an aging workforce on one end to a workforce surplus on the other. Yet whatever the demographic dynamics, the Mediterranean space is facing an incredible challenge: providing a safe, buoyant and prosperous future for its youth which would benefit its societies, their...
Arab World Start-ups Need Partners, Pathways, and Talent to Access Markets
Sep 26, 2016 / Blog entry
Market access is critical to the growth of start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa(MENA). Start-ups seeking to scale up their operations need to think in terms of regional, rather than solely national, growth strategies from day one. However, maneuvering themselves into new countries is a complex process, and one that hinges on finding the...
Management of Groundwater Resources as Common Goods
Sep 26, 2016 / Library
Synthesis report including i) a presentation of the theoretical background of common-pool resources management and the main instruments available, with emphasis on decentralized, local-level solutions as elaborated by Elinor Ostrom (Nobel Prize 2009) and her followers, and ii) a series of groundwater management case studies from Northern and...
Digital Technologies for Economic Development in the Mediterranean
Sep 26, 2016 / MDF
Starts: Nov 4, 2016 Ends: Nov 4, 2016
Location: Villa Méditerranée, Marseille, France
A multi-partner dialogue to try to answer the following questions: What is the impact of digital technologies on economic development? How can digital technologies provide solutions to operational improvements to promote growth, employment and fight...
Young, Loud and Clear
Jul 20, 2016 / Library
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), being young is a superpower. It is the youth who have started revolutions, led their countries to freedom and made history. In this set of videos, ten of the region’s most aspiring youth speak about their generation’s achievements, challenges, dreams and legacy.
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Youth Radicalization—Looking at the Supply Side
Jul 07, 2016 / Blog entry
Tunisia is one of the most secular countries in the Arab region, and it has one of the most developed education systems. Yet, young people from there are attracted in their thousands—like in no other country—to jihadism. The answer to “why?” may lie in the classroom, where radical movements prey on children in elementary and high school, and most...
The Paradox of Higher Education in MENA
Jun 30, 2016 / Blog entry
This blog originally appeared in Future Development.
Note: This is an English version of my keynote speech given at the recent MENA conference on “Paradigm Shifts in Tertiary Education” in Algiers on May 30-June 2.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) was the cradle of higher education. The three oldest, still-functioning...
[Workshop] Preventing Violence and Radicalization in Schools
Jun 30, 2016 / Highlight
Context / Rationale
Violence and radicalization in schools, especially at the high school level, is a relatively new phenomenon in Tunisia. This challenge needs to be tackled collectively and with more force in order to minimise its impacts and progressively reduce its magnitude.
The workshop intended to begin a process of capacity building of...
Sustainable Urban Transport - Middle East and North Africa - Issue #1
Jun 22, 2016 / Library
First Webinar organized by the Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Transport : How to implement a mass transport project?
Monday, July 18, 2016
Rabat 10:00 / 11:00 Algiers, Tunis / Paris 12:00 / 13h00 Beirut
The implementation of mass transit projects includes difficult challenges for many southern cities in the Mediterranean. With...
Community of Practice on Sustainable Urban Transport
Jun 22, 2016 / Program
Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank and Gaza, and also Libya, Syria and other MENA countries
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
CODATU (Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World)
CEREMA (Center for Studies and Expertise on Risks,...
From COP21 to COP22: Press Release
A Different University Model!
May 27, 2016 / Blog entry
The integrated strategic project (Figure No. 1) that the Université Virtuelle de Tunis (UVT) has been conducting over the past few years is a special project. It stemmed from an in-depth analysis of the university’s situation and addresses its needs, taking account of the obstacles to its development. The project is also tailored to its specific...
Renewables and Mediterranean Integration Discussion Group 1: Policy and Regulatory Framework
The Economics of Mediterranean Electricity Exchanges
From COP21 to COP22: Renewables and Mediterranean Integration
May 24, 2016 / Highlight
The Mediterranean region is likely to figure prominently in the discussions taking place on the road from COP21 to COP22, and during the COP22 event itself. The Paris agreement addressed how much developing countries should take on climate change mitigation responsibilities, how developed countries should support developing countries...
From COP21 to COP22: Renewables and Mediterranean Integration - Agenda
5 Years After the Arab Spring, Were the Hopes of Tunisian Youth Ever Met?
May 17, 2016 / Blog entry
For so long, celebrating Tunisia usually went hand in hand with celebrating its youth. “Tunisian youth were rather the solution and not the problem” this was the slogan communicated throughout the Ben Ali tenure. The ousted president made youth-leveraging as his personal brand.
Over twenty years of branding and marketing to hide the ugly...
Mainstreaming Environment on Demand
May 11, 2016 / Blog entry
Plan Bleu, one of CMI’s partners, has recently finalized the Regional governance and knowledge generation project (ReGoKo), on behalf of Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine. Running from January 2012 to October 2015, the GEF-funded initiative fostered the integration of environmental issues into sectoral and development policies of...
Young Tunisian Entrepreneurs Push to Change Attitudes to Jobs
Apr 27, 2016 / Blog entry
Five years after its political revolution, Tunisia’s government has acknowledged economic challenges, including a lack of foreign investment and a high unemployment rate. Many Tunisians call for a second revolution, this time for economic opportunities, including entrepreneurship and the employment it creates. Although being an entrepreneur in...
Synthèse des groupes de travail
Working Toward Better Water Demand Management in Tunisia
Apr 26, 2016 / Highlight
Over 50 participants from several ministries and public agencies from the water, agriculture and environment sectors as well as local and regional water administrations, representatives of water users groups, experts and researchers, and representatives from international finance institutions and agencies convened in Tunis to share the knowledge...
Communiqué de presse - WDM Workshop Dec 2015