Strengthening Human Resources for Health: Integration of Refugees into Host Community Health Systems
Mar 06, 2017 / Highlight
Over the past six years, nearly 5 million people have fled the conflict in Syria and sought refuge in neighboring countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) such as Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, and OECD countries such as Turkey, Germany, Sweden or Austria.
The consequences of this mass exodus have been particularly profound...
Egyptian Youth Speak their Minds in Essays: We Need Better Skills for More Jobs
Feb 22, 2017 / Blog entry
In a country with high youth unemployment—such as Egypt—could it be that young people can develop new solutions? Can young, creative minds come up with new ideas that have never been considered or tested? Are young people themselves the answer to solving the unemployment challenge?
Continue reading the article on the World Bank website,...
Analysis of Youth Approaches in the MENA Region: Challenges and Opportunities of Youth Participation
Access to Work for Syrian Refugees in Jordan
A Future in The Balance How the Conflict in Syria Is Impacting on the Needs, Concerns and Aspirations of Young People Across the Middle East
From Refugees to Workers: Mapping Labour Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in EU Member States Volume 2
From Refugees to Workers Mapping Labour-Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in EU Member States Volume 1
Education, Innovation, Employability
Nov 29, 2016 / Program
Countries of the southern Mediterranean.
AFD; CMI; EIB; Islamic Development Bank (IsDB); Union for the Mediterranean (UfM); and the World Bank.
The quality of education remains the number one challenge to building inclusive Arab societies that are cohesive and stable. The pattern is...
Can Entrepreneurship Education Improve Work Opportunities for College Graduates?
Oct 18, 2016 / Library
Education is usually seen as a route for improving people’s employment opportunities, but this hasn’t proven the case in many developing countries. As the World Bank’s 2013 World Development Report highlighted.
The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network
Sep 28, 2016 / Highlight
The high influx of refugees in the Eastern Mediterranean region continues to pose challenges to host local governments, as according to UNHCR the vast majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, with around only 8 per cent accommodated in refugee camps. Most of the refugees have limited financial resources and live in...
[Brainstorming] How to Engage MENA Youth in Shaping its own Future?
Jul 06, 2016 / Highlight
Event organized by the World Bank Group and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI)
Half of the population in the Middle East and North Africa is under 25 years old.
According to the International Labour Organization, 28% of them are unable to find jobs. This is the highest unemployment rate in the world,...
Governance: An Appropriate Response to the Challenges Facing Algerian Universities
Jun 07, 2016 / Blog entry
Algerian universities are in the midst of veritable transformation that is in line with the globalization of knowledge and higher education reform imperatives.
Indeed, the Licence, Master, Doctorat (LMD) system has ushered in a new philosophy and new teaching methods and practices, along with pedagogical practices (best practices).
Summer School on Sustainable Development Goals: Water as Key Development Factor in the Mediterranean
Jun 06, 2016 / Highlight
In light of the economic, social and environmental challenges that have become key characters to planet Earth in the early 21st century, the North and South scientific and academic communities have a specific role to play through contributing to the global knowledge advancements and promotion of relevant research to achieve the...
Tertiary Education: Improved Governance and Quality Leads to Better Competitiveness and Employability
MENA Tertiary Education Conference - Agenda
5th International MENA Tertiary Education Conference
Jun 03, 2016 / Highlight
Paradigm Shifts in Tertiary Education: Improved Governance and Quality for Competitiveness and Employability
Center for Mediterranean Integration, Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, The World Bank Group
The British Council, UNESCO, Associaion of Arab Universities, International Association...
Toward a Paradigm of Competitive Economies
May 30, 2016 / Blog entry
Research conducted on endogenous growth (Aghion and Howitt, 1992) was followed by the emergence of economies and, by extension, societies that are knowledge-based, which raised great hopes that a new model of economic and social development had been established. Various pieces of research, including by the World Bank, have demonstrated...
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...
University Governance Changing the Higher Education Paradigm in MENA
May 27, 2016 / Blog entry
When one first hears the words “University Governance”, many thoughts come to mind. Is it about governmental supervision or interventions into university’s business? Is it about how universities are managed? Does it parallel what corporates experience under “corporate governance”? Well, it does not involve any governmental overseeing but rather...
Building on the Work of others Makes Sense, Especially in the MENA Higher Education Sector
May 26, 2016 / Blog entry
In the last two decades, the Higher Education context in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed remarkable changes in terms of increase in the number of institutions and of students’ enrollment, the establishment of regulatory bodies and measures, and the surfacing of serious challenges in terms of globalization,...
What are the Changes Needed to Ensure the Success of Higher Education Reform in Algeria?
May 26, 2016 / Blog entry
The reform of the License, Mastère, Doctorat (LMD) programs in Algeria’s higher education sector, a reform consistent with prevailing trends toward globalization, signals a new approach to management, governance and regulation of the institutions concerned. Indeed, the increased pedagogical autonomy of Algeria’s universities that resulted from...
Ethical Issues in the Context of University Governance
May 25, 2016 / Blog entry
Algerian universities seem to have identified a vision, approach, and methodology with respect to the concept of governance, which is aimed at helping them gradually improve their management practices. While it is true that a university that strives for excellence must follow guidelines and standards, it must also adopt a mindset conducive to its...
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...
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...
What Will It Take to Improve Competitiveness and Employability in the MENA?
May 08, 2016 / Blog entry
The last two decades have witnessed a strong push for more university autonomy around the globe, paired with a request for higher education institutions to be accountable not only to those directly involved– the academic community, students and their families – but also the wider public. As such, the topic of quality assurance has played a...
[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...
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...
Building a University Governance Screening Card for MENA (and beyond)
University Governance Screening Card: Version 2 Launched in the Palestinian Territories
Apr 14, 2016 / Highlight
The World Bank and CMI organized the launch of the University Governance Screening (UGSC.V2.0) in the Palestinian Territories. The event convened members of the Higher Education Network, representatives from the Ministry of Higher education and local partner organizations. The UGSC.V2.0 is developed by the Higher Education Program to assess the...
The Repercussions of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Lebanon: the Challenge of Providing Services and Creating Jobs