Preparing for the Future: Coordinating Syrian refugees and the Diaspora
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
I have been looking for possible sources of investment and possible markets that would help both Syrian refugees and their host communities, and, as someone who has worked on the subject of the private sector for two decades now, one of my first questions is—“what role can the diaspora play?”
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Q & A: New Initiatives for Education in the Middle East and North Africa, Including for Refugees
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
In Part II of her interview, Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, World Bank Practice Manager for Education, explains the initiatives being take to improve all levels of public education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and how important it is for children to be able to go to school, especially when their countries are affected by conflict....
Q & A: The Importance of Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa
Oct 03, 2016 / Blog entry
With the school year starting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), millions of children are busily preparing to resume their studies. Some, caught in conflict, may not be able to go to school at all; others may be joining schools in countries neighboring their own. At peace or in war, throughout MENA more emphasis is being placed on early...
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...
UN Refugee Summit Issues a New Declaration for Refugees and Migrants
Sep 26, 2016 / Highlight
On Monday, September 19th, 2016 world leaders came together at the UN General Assembly to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expressing their commitment to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and to share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. The Declaration was adopted in the context of...
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...
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,...
Survey Findings: Challenges and Achievements facing Municipalities Hosting Refugees in the Middle East and Turkey
Summary Note: Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis
Press Release: Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of The Refugee Crisis: Peer-To-Peer Learning Workshop for Communities Hosting Refugees
Could a Livelihood in Agriculture Be a Way for Refugees to Move from Surviving to Thriving?
May 25, 2016 / Blog entry
Jasser, a 24-year-old Syrian man, and his family were forced to flee Syria in 2012 because of the bombings. He lost his mother and sister, his house, car, and job. Jasser and other displaced people like him are struggling to find jobs (and get visas), generate income, and gain an education. They all say they want to return home in the near future...
Access to Work for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: a discussion on labour and refugee laws and policies
Comprehnsive Vulnerability Assessment
Syrian Refugees in Jordan-Confronting Difficult Truths
Humanitarian Crises, Emergency Preparadness and Response: the role of Business and the Private Sector, Jordan Case Study
How Can Municipalities Be Supported in Their Response to the Refugee Crisis?
May 19, 2016 / Highlight
[Summary Report] UCLG MEWA Congress and Peer-learning Visit of Mashreq Mayors to Gaziantep Municipality
Between the 19th to the 21st of April, 2016 the United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) organized its annual congress in Gaziantep, Turkey, with the focus on the refugee crisis. The event addressed how...
[Regional Workshop] Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis
May 02, 2016 / Highlight
Event organized by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the World Bank Group, and support by other partners (IRC, GIZ, UCLG-MEWA).
Municipalities in the Mediterranean are at the forefront in providing assistance to migrants and refugees. While 60% of worldwide refugees live in cities, this figure amounts to...
[Regional Workshop] Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis - Agenda
[Workshop Video] Launch of WB/UNHCR Report: “The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon”
Apr 29, 2016 / Highlight
Senior governmental representatives, World Bank specialists and United Nations officials as well as members from the civil society gathered in Paris for a cross-regional exchange between Middle Eastern and European countries hosting refugees, on the analytical findings, and policy implications, of the World Bank/UNHCR study “The Welfare of Syrian...
A Future in the Balance
Apr 27, 2016 / Library
This study conducted in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) aimed to better understand the needs, aspirations and challenges faced by displaced and local community youth aged between 15 and 24. The findings of this research confirmed that across the Middle East a whole generation of young people from Syria and refugee-...
International Community Endorses New Financing Initiative to Support Refugees, Host Communities, Recovery and Reconstruction in the Middle East and North Africa
Apr 27, 2016 / Highlight
Eight nations and the European Commission pledged a package of more than US$1 billion -- US$141 million in grants, US$1 billion in soft loans, US$500 million in guarantees – to a World Bank-led financing initiative in support of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as recovery and reconstruction across the...
The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon
The Syrian Humanitarian Disaster: Disparities in Perceptions, Aspirations and Behavior in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey
UNHCR Syrian Refugee Portal Infographic: Jordan
Educating Syrian Youth in Jordan: Holistic Approaches to Emergency Response
The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Labor Market
Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis 2016-2018