COVID-19 & Municipalities Hosting Refugees in Eastern Mediterranean Countries: Challenges, Needs, and Actions
May 19, 2020 / Blog entry
The current global pandemic of COVID-19 is adding new challenges to local authorities hosting refugees. Countries all over the world have imposed internal and international movement restrictions to contain the spread of the virus, while the private sector struggles with the disruption in global supply chains and lower demand for goods....
Municipal Responses to COVID-19: Stories from the Host Municipalities Learning Network
May 19, 2020 / Blog entry
CONTEXT AND CHALLENGES
The new COVID-19 pandemic has brought pressure to an already fragile context. Local authorities in the Mediterranean already dealing with hosting refugees find themselves at the forefront of a new sanitary crisis. The immediate need for crisis management and health coordination to contain the spread of the virus is...
[High-Level Workshop] “Forced Displacement, Migration and Human Capital Mobility”
Nov 13, 2019 / Highlight
Context & Rationale
At the present time, issues related to flows and movements of people – in all their forms – figure prominently among the most pressing, relevant and, often, divisive policy agendas in the Mediterranean region.
A comprehensive approach to migration is needed, taking into account its root causes as well as all related...
Agenda - [Mediterranean Strategy Group 19] Migration: Mediterranean Cities on the Frontline
[Mediterranean Strategy Group 19] Migration: Mediterranean Cities on the Frontline
Jun 11, 2019 / Highlight
Fragility and conflicts, unemployment and exclusion, vulnerability to climate change, and even increased violent extremism in some enclaves, contribute to forced displacements and instability. This turmoil in the Middle East and Africa regions does not just affect them. The whole world is affected by its spillovers.
Numbers peaked in...
Palermo Book of Abstracts
Palermo Conference Brochure
Summit of the Two Shores of the Mediterranean - Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development
May 09, 2019 / Highlight
Strategies Towards More Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean Region
Background & Context: Summit of the Two Shores of the Mediterranean
On 27th August 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a Mediterranean summit penciled for 23rd and 24th June 2019 in Marseille, France: the Summit of the Two Shores of the Western...
Enabling Business Environment and Private Sector Mobilization: Jordan, Sarhan Municipality; Partnerships with the Private Sector for Business Creation
Feb 15, 2019 / Blog entry
The project has created a diversified local economy within the craft area, to train and upgrade the skills of youth to work in the various businesses working in the area.
Lead Authority or Organization: Municipality of Sarhan
Area: Sarhan, Jordan
Beneficiaries: Jordanian and Syrian women and youth, private entrepreneurs, the municipality of...
Mediterra: Migration and Inclusive Rural Development in the Mediterranean
Jan 21, 2019 / Highlight
The International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) co-directed the new edition of the report “Mediterra. Migration and Inclusive Development in the Mediterranean”. Every two years, Mediterra gives the floor to experts and partner institutions to better understand the...
Mobilization of Syrian investors and the private sector to boost local economic development in refugee hosting municipalities
Enabling Business Environment and Private Sector Mobilization: Armenia, Yerevan Municipality; Economic Programs for Refugees
Jan 21, 2019 / Blog entry
Yerevan Municipality implements economic programs aimed at enabling the business environment through the economic integration of Syrian businessmen in the local context, together with social activities for housing of refugees and education programs for young Syrians.
Lead Authority or Organization: Yerevan Municipality
Area: Yerevan, Republic...
Territorial and City Development in the Mediterranean - Newsletter #4 (EN/FR/AR)
Syrian Refugees and The Schooling Challenge
Oct 29, 2018 / Blog entry
In 2017, the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, estimated that globally 68.5 million people had been forcefully displaced—the worst such crisis since World War II. Of these, 40 million were internally displaced peoples (IDPs), 25.4 million were refugees, and 3.1 million were asylum seekers. Over half were minors and over half of those minors were out of...
Territorial and City Development in the Mediterranean - Newsletter #3 (EN/FR/AR)
Territorial and City Development in the Mediterranean - Newsletter #2 (EN/FR/AR)
Migration and Development: A Role for the World Bank Group
[Interview] How Has the Refugees' Influx Impacted the Economy of the Hosting Communities in Jordan and Lebanon
Nov 21, 2016 / Library
The Middle East and North Africa region could remain trapped in a cycle of instability without the resources to manage the current consequences of conflict and seize opportunities for peace as soon as they arise. To meet the scale of the need, the World Bank Group, United Nations and the Islamic Development Bank Group have launched a new...
Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism
Migration Is the Fate of This Geography
May 30, 2016 / Blog entry
The UCLG-MEWA 2016 CONGRESS, “Migration, Culture and Gastronomy Summit,” was held in Gaziantep on 19-21 April. The migration referred to is, of course, the migration of Syrian refugees to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
The previous week İstanbul Aydın University hosted the International Congress on Cities and City Councils. Though the...
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...
[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...
Syria: Reconstruction for Peace
Apr 25, 2016 / Library
The World Bank Group’s latest MENA Economic Monitor argues that given the persistent impact of the civil war on the Syrian society, and while full-scale reconstruction may have to wait for peace before it can start, development institutions can commit to support an ambitious and inclusive reconstruction strategy that might in itself foster peace....
Struggles of a Syrian Refugee Family in Lebanon
Apr 25, 2016 / Library
Ammouna and Fayad Selloum are among more than 1 million Syrians who have fled war in their country for neighboring Lebanon. While the couple and their four children struggle with their loss and try to rebuild their lives, the Lebanese are also under stress. The World Bank is working to find sustainable solutions for both refugees and their hosts.
Humanitarian Response Plan 2016
Overview: 2016 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan & 2016-2017 Regional Refugee Resilience Plan
[Interview] Lebanon and Jordan are Providing a Global Public Good and They Need to be Supported
Mar 08, 2016 / Library
The World Bank Group, the United Nations and the Islamic Development Bank Group launched a new financing initiative to scale-up financing in the Middle East and North Africa to help countries hosting significant refugee populations, countries impacted by conflict, as well as countries that have significant investment needs to achieve economic...
[Interview] What Do Syria’s Neighboring Countries Need to Manage the Refugee Crisis?
Mar 08, 2016 / Library
Almost five years since the Syrian war broke out and created the largest refugees crisis since the World War II. Syria’s neighboring countries are facing an unprecedented and protracted refugee crisis. France 24 spoke to Franck Bousquet, the World Bank’s Director of Regional Programs, Partnerships and Integrated Solutions in the Middle East and...
[Interview] Facing the Cost of Conflict in the Middle East
Feb 25, 2016 / Library
The World Bank group, the United Nations, and the Islamic Development Bank Group launched a new joint initiative to scale-up financing in the Middle East and North Africa to help countries hosting significant refugee populations, countries impacted by conflict, as well as countries that have significant investment needs to achieve economic...
[Interview] What Are the Mid-Term Solutions for the Syrian Refugees Crisis/ Part2
Feb 25, 2016 / Library
Millions of fled a war-torn Syria since the beginning of the crisis in 2011. Neighbouring countries, mainly, Lebanon and Jordan are hosting the largest number so far. How can the international community be of help beyond emergency aid? What could be the mid-term solution for this unprecedented situation? Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Country...