[ONLINE WORKSHOP] Local Economic Development and Job Creation in MENA- Connective Cities Virtual Projects Workshop
Jan 15, 2021 / Highlight
Local economic development (LED) is key to achieve sustainable development goals as well as a pathway to eradicate poverty and increase shared prosperity. Cities in MENA have registered relatively dynamic economic growth and investment rates during the first decade of the century, however, political instability and security threats have...
Guidance Document: Local Inclusion for Migrants and Refugees
Jan 15, 2021 / Library
After a first meeting at the margins of International Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Migration in 2018, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (OECD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United...
[New Website] Dialogue of the Two Shores
Dec 14, 2020 / Highlight
Background & Context
The Summit of the Two Shores, an initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron took place in Marseille on 24 June 2019. Building on unprecedented consultations with Mediterranean civil society, this event aims to boost cooperation between countries in the Western Mediterranean by implementing projects that support...
Enhancing Mediterranean Integration
Nov 26, 2020 / Blog entry
This essay by CMI Manager Blanca-Moreno Dodson, provides an insight on a forthcoming CMI report on the same topic. It advocates for trade liberalization, human capital development, and sectoral reforms which can bring Mediterranean countries closer together, especially now in times of COVID-19.
You can read the full article on The Cairo...
CMI Manager at UfM #Women4Mediterranean: E-Commerce Could Accelerate Jobs for Women in Times of COVID-19
Nov 26, 2020 / Library
In the context of the UfM #Women4Mediterranean High-Level Conference (November 16 - 20, 2020), and as part of a high-level panel comprised of intergovernmental agencies and Mediterranean think tanks representatives, CMI Manager, Ms. Blanca Moreno-Dodson presented COVID-19 as both an urgent challenge but also an opportunity for the Mediterranean....
CMI and FEMISE Seal Partnership: Cooperation for Knowledge Creation and Policy Impact
Nov 10, 2020 / Highlight
Marseille, France, 10 November 2020 – The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), and FEMISE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking the launch of a new collaboration agreement between the two organizations. CMI and FEMISE will conduct joint initiatives to reinforce Mediterranean dialogue and build synergies among Mediterranean...
COVID-19 and Households in Egypt: Implications, Policy Response, and Recommendations
Oct 12, 2020 / Library
This article is part of the CMI/FEMISE joint “COVID-19 Med Policy Brief Series”, aimed at addressing the urgent issue of the COVID-19 socio-economic effects and impact on the EU-Mediterranean region.
Achieving Territorial Resilience Through Youth Empowerment: 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network
Sep 29, 2020 / Highlight
The Mediterranean is one of the most affected regions by climate change. Building territorial resilience has become essential to adapt to stresses and shocks, whether the stresses are climatic, socio-economic, or pandemic related. One of the key elements of territorial resilience pathways includes youth empowerment....
Achieving Territorial Resilience Through Youth Empowerment: 1st Meeting of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network (AGENDA)
Local Economic Development in Municipalities Hosting Refugees
Jul 08, 2020 / Library
This report collects the outcomes of discussions and surveys carried out in 3 years among members of the Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN). It provides an overview of the findings collected in five opinion surveys and workshop discussions from May 2016 to July 2019 and derives an overview of main challenges, priorities,...
She Too is a Development Hero: Women Make Change Happen in Host Municipalities across MENA and Turkey
Mar 10, 2020 / Blog entry
The empowerment of Refugee women and their self-reliance is increasingly at the center of development programs in local governments hosting forcibly displaced persons in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey target. How about those women who develop such municipal programs and deal with women’s inclusion while being women themselves?
[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...
A Decade of Partnerships for Knowledge and Action
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...
Women, Water & Youth Conference Report and Recommendation
UFM and CMI Seal Partnership
Nov 13, 2018 / Highlight
Marseille, France, 13 November 2018 – The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marking the launch of a new collaboration agreement between the two organizations. The parties will cooperate on promoting development and integration in the Euro-...
Empowering Women in Rural and Agricultural Areas
Oct 16, 2018 / Highlight
Gender Equality is key for development in the Middle East and North Africa. Countries must bridge gender gaps to achieve their full potential. CMI Manager, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, shared the CMI’s vision for guaranteeing female inclusion in all sectors at the fourth High-Level Conference on Women’s Empowerment entitled, "Women Build Inclusive...
The Economic Miracle of Women
Oct 08, 2018 / Library
Gender Equality is key for development in the Middle East and North Africa. Countries must bridge gender gaps to achieve their full potential. CMI Manager, Blanca Moreno-Dodson, shares the CMI’s vision for guaranteeing female inclusion in all sectors and introduces the stories of some of the most impressive women in the region who are...
[Regional Conference] Women, Water & Youth: Perspectives from the MENA Region
Sep 27, 2018 / Highlight
The Mediterranean region is the most water scarce region in the world and one of the most vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. Combating water scarcity in order to reduce environmental damage effects could be conducive to job creation and entrepreneurship, particularly among Mediterranean youth and women, with...
She too is a #WaterHero
Sep 13, 2018 / Library
For so long women have represented the symbol of resilience. In the water sector, they are no different. In the Middle East and North Africa, the world’s most water-stressed region, women are playing their part in protecting water and fighting water scarcity.
[Agenda] Women, Water and Youth: Perspectives from the MENA Region
Are Females good Managers in MENA Countries? (MED Brief)
Jun 25, 2018 / Library
This policy brief tries to answer the important question of whether firms gain from women participation in management positions. The debate on academic and policy levels have not reached a consensus regarding the existence of gender gaps in firm performance. This policy brief attempts to clarify some of the misconceptions associated with the idea...
She too is a #WaterHero
Apr 16, 2018 / Blog entry
For so long women have represented the symbol of resilience. In the water sector they are no different. In the Middle East and North Africa, the world’s most water-stressed region, women are playing their part in protecting water and fighting water scarcity.
This project was initiated during the CMI's World Water Day Youth Workshop: Nature-...
Women Driving the Middle East and North Africa Forward, One Business Innovation at A Time
Jun 12, 2017 / Blog entry
Our continued belief in the enormous resourcefulness, resilience and sheer drive of young Arab women has yet again been reconfirmed. In Cairo, Yara Yassin and Rania Rafie are agents of change. These young women work with local artisans to transform plastic bags into high-quality fashion products sold around the world.
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Female, Lebanese and Semi-Emancipated: My Views
Mar 14, 2017 / Blog entry
In the misleading influx of media images contrasting “eastern submissive women” – i.e. child marriages, forced marriages, forced hijab, female genital mutilation etc. – and of “western free and progressive women” – i.e. female politicians, single mothers, free sexual orientation, abortion rights etc. – this blog post does not wish to add another...
SAHWA National Case Studies
Mar 07, 2017 / Library
In line with SAHWA’s methodology -based on a mixed method- these National Case Studies (NCS) summarise the main findings coming from the Ethnographic Fieldwork and SAHWA Youth Survey with a focus on the national level (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia). Basically, every National Case Studies are structured following the clusters...
Counting the Invisible Girls: Using Data to Transform the Lives of Women and Girls by 2030
Oct 18, 2016 / Library
Counting the Invisible' explores the current state of gender data and exposes the gaps: we don’t count how many girls leave school because of early marriage, pregnancy or violence, exactly how many give birth before they turn 15, how many hours a day they spend working, what kind of work they do and whether they get paid for it.
The Women for Resilient Cities Acceleration Program
Jun 07, 2016 / Library
The Women for Resilience Program (W4R) brought together a group a hopeful enthusiastic women entrepreneurs from Egypt, Djibouti and Lebanon and put them through an accelerated training program hoping to equip them with knowledge they need to succeed in their project. The program aims at empowering women in tackling urban risk and developing...
Despite High Education Levels, Arab Women Still Don’t Have Jobs
Mar 15, 2016 / Blog entry
Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labor force are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report (2015). Yemen has the lowest rate of working women of all, followed by Syria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Tunisia,...