This policy brief investigates the vital role of data-driven decision-making in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It begins with setting the context by elaborating on existing practices and challenges towards a data-driven approach in decision making. The brief cites regional examples from the... more
Interviewed by Paco Doblas for Aragón Radio, CMI Manager, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, weighs that the COVID-19 crisis is not one about vaccination rather about strengthen the health systems of the poorer countries and enabling them to manufacture their own medicines and vaccines in the future.
COVID-19 intensifies the urgency for a sustainability transition. The Paris Agreement, the UN Agenda 2030, and the European Green Deal make a priority the increase of renewable energy sources in the energy mix and the decarbonization of the economies. This energy transition will have a significant... more
Summary: Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy brief focuses on Virtual Exchange (VE), a methodology that can contribute to solving the current education and mobility challenges faced by South Mediterranean countries by enhancing the quality and inclusiveness of Higher... more
This brief examines how the COVID-19 crisis has further aggravated gender inequality in the Southern Mediterranean region. Zooming in on socio-economic and social consequences, it highlights some gender-sensitive measures taken throughout the region to mitigate the impact for women. It argues that... more
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the global lockdown that was put in place to control it, have resulted in the harshest economic crisis since the great depression. The crisis has caused a drastic decline in employment and wages worldwide and threatens to increase the number of people living in poverty... more
This brief focuses on food insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with specific examples from the South Mediterranean (Maghreb, Mashreq) countries, and on how it is aggravating during a global shock such as the Covid-19 pandemic. It examines the socio-economic situation on... more
Cette note de politique présente quelques résultats préliminaires de certaines études lancées récemment pour évaluer l’efficacité de la stratégie éducative d’e-learning, adoptée au milieu scolaire pour assurer la continuité pédagogique en période de crise. La fermeture des établissements... more
As the Covid-19 virus takes hold of countries all over the world, economies are falling into a deep recession. The recent World Economic Outlook by the World Bank forecasts that Turkey’s GDP is likely to contract by 5 % in 2020. Unlike this, the Minister of Finance and Treasury has recently... more
This policy brief looks at the key socio-economic and political features of Lebanon, the drivers of its fragility exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the devastating explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020. This colossal explosion has exacerbated the impact of the ongoing pandemic and... more
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not only led to human casualties but also generated a severe global economic downturn. Governments have responded with economic stimulus packages to mitigate the adverse effects of this downturn. In this paper, we analyze the economic policy responses adopted... more
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented shock in all areas of human activity. Although the pandemic is not over and a wide range of its impacts has not yet unfolded, governments are required to act promptly to diminish its negative consequences.
This brief discloses several keystones of... more
In the absence of effective therapies and vaccines, North African countries, as elsewhere, have taken comprehensive containment measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 such as closing airports and maritime boundaries, suspension of non-essential activities, and stay-at-home orders.
Given the growing impact of COVID-19, the initial measures taken by the Tunisian authorities failed to address the second wave effectively. After providing an overview of the Tunisian public debt situation prior to the pandemic and of the subsequent challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis, the... more
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation strategy of firms, which have followed the technological path to support business continuity online, in response to government restrictions. The effectiveness of these business strategies depends on the familiarity and awareness of... more