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Dec 16, 2014 / Blog
By Manjula Luthria* and Casey Weston**   This year’s European parliamentary elections revealed three important paradoxes in European migration dialogue. First, public discourse displayed egregious misalignment between popular perceptions of immigration and immigration realities. These unfounded... more
Dec 16, 2014 / Blog
Graffiti, just like Facebook and Twitter, can act as a powerful driver of change: graffiti can be anonymous, it is seen by all, and reflects constantly evolving messages. Most importantly, graffiti marks the streets with the voices of citizens.   In December 2014, in the context of its 6th Annual... more
Dec 11, 2014 / Blog
CFAD Training Course on "Local Democracy and Citizen Participation in Municipal Action"   By Agnes Wiedemann*   Tunisian municipalities play a key role in the process of democratic transition of the country. The new constitution (adapted in January 2014) emphasizes that "local authorities shall... more
Dec 01, 2014 / Blog
By Maria Sarraf   If you think the summers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are hot—think again. Summers are likely to become much warmer. Global temperatures are rising; the question now is by how much and what the impact of them will be. People in the region already face very... more
Dec 01, 2014 /
Nov 20, 2014 / Blog
By Agnès Levallois*   The desire to discuss tourism at the workshop organized jointly by the Provence Alpes-Côte-d'Azur Region and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) could, at first glance, seem  surprising, if not out of place, in view of the situation in several southern Mediterranean... more
Nov 17, 2014 / Blog
By Elyès Jouini* The Tunisian economy is currently in very bad shape.  An economic policy focused on rent-seeking for the benefit of a minority with cozy ties to the political power has replaced a consumption-driven economic policy, based on short-term concerns.   The social situation is worrisome... more
Oct 29, 2014 / Blog
By Casey Weston*   European countries have designed a wide variety of national policies to improve the labor market integration of migrants. Migrant employment outcomes, however, seem uncorrelated to the intensity of these national-level strategies. On November 3rd, the World Bank/Center for... more
Oct 16, 2014 / Blog
By Mariem Mezghenni Malouche   The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has a large diaspora. According to the latest United Nations estimates, 11 million citizens from the MENA countries lived abroad in 2013. Many of the members of this group hold prominent positions in their adopted... more
Oct 01, 2014 / Blog
Case Studies from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia By Jacques Van Der Meer*   For the Southern Mediterranean countries, the issue of the constitution of structural knowledge assets, in particular intellectual property will be critical to the deployment of a knowledge economy strategy. While the volume... more
Oct 01, 2014 / Blog
Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen and Libya are trapped in a “poor policy – poor growth” cycle, which prevents their economies from moving to a sustainable growth path, says the World Bank in the newly released Quarterly Economic Brief for the Middle East & North Africa region.  ... more
Sep 08, 2014 / Blog
By Hannah Linnemann*   The blog reports our findings and discoveries from field site visits to schools in Jordan that were conducted from March 17 – March 21 as part of the World Bank Group's regional engagement on governance in social service delivery in the Middle East and North Africa Region. ... more
Sep 03, 2014 / Blog
By Manal Quota*   Zeid Bin Haritha is a school in the Jordanian village of Yarqa. In this school, you’ll witness tiny overcrowded classrooms, old broken furniture and over-worked teachers. These are characteristics common across a number of schools in the Governorate of Al-Salt. But, wait! This is... more