World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior


The World Development Report (WDR) 2015 holds new insights on how people make decisions; it provides a framework to help development practitioners and governments apply these insights to development policy. Research in the WDR suggests that poverty constitutes a cognitive tax that makes it hard for poor people to think deliberatively, especially in times of hardship or stress. When used with existing policy approaches, new tools ranging from simple, low-cost changes such as better framing of messages and changing the timing of aid, can significantly improve outcomes.

Infographic: Mind, Society, and Behavior

Real people are rarely as coherent, forward-looking, strategic or selfish as typically assumed in standard economic models—they sometimes do not pursue their own interests, and can be unexpectedly generous. Such dynamics should be factored more carefully into development policies, a point made in the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior.

CMI Organizes Mediterranean Graffiti Exhibit “Walls of Change, Voices of Youth”

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.

CMI 2014 Annual Report: “Knowledge. Solutions. Change”


Following opening statements by Inger Andersen World Bank MENA Vice president, Hakim Ben Hammouda Minister of Economy and Finance in Tunisia, Michel Vauzelle President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and Mourad Ezzine CMI Manager, the report provides an overview of the Center’s main achievements since its creation in 2009, a review of 2014 activities (multi-partner programs, Mediterranean dialogue Forum, communication and partnership) and presents the main lines of action for 2015-2018.

Let’s Talk Results: CMI Programs and Dialogues Posters


In the context of its 6th Annual Meeting held in December 2014, the CMI produced a series of posters featuring snapshots of its multi-partners programs and dialogues. As such, a series of 26 posters were produced and highlighted main CMI results. View the gallery here.

Reframing Europe’s Immigration Questions through an Urban Lens

By Manjula Luthria* and Casey Weston**

“Does immigration benefit destination communities?” This inquiry is poorly framed not only because empirical evidence has largely answered it in the affirmative, but also because it assumes that the phenomenon of migration can be immediately stopped (and has not always been occurring). A more productive query, and one that local and regional leaders have already begun to ask themselves and their constituencies, is: “How can destination communities maximize the benefits of migration?” Exploring this question is the best way to arrive at practical policy tools that benefit natives and immigrants, alike. 

A Participatory Approach: Citizens as Key Players in Urban Development

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 adopt the mechanisms of participatory democracy and the principles of open governance to ensure broader participation of citizens and civil society [...]" (Art. 139).

This legal framework offers a real opportunity to municipalities, and encourages them to adopt participatory mechanisms. However, despite the political will of the Tunisian local authorities, their local and participatory initiatives are hindered by the various challenges they face. Municipalities are directly confronted with the social and political turmoil of the transitional period. Their abilities, their structures and their tools can be precarious (most Tunisian municipalities are currently represented by special delegations). In this context, it is difficult to meet the expectations and demands of citizens.

VIDEO : Urban Migrant Integration, a CMI Roundtable

The CMI/World Bank International Labor Mobility Program convened a roundtable in early November to launch its new initiative, LINC-UP (Labor Integration Network of Cities and Urban Planners). Scholars, practitioners, and municipal leaders discussed current challenges facing migrant destination cities, as well as emerging strategies to foster political, social, and labor market integration. This event was the first of a series of consultations taking place as preparation for a forthcoming report on urban migrant integration policy development, sponsored by the CMI, the World Bank, the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange, the Bertelsmann Foundation and others. Stay tuned as this discussion incorporates the voices of more researchers, policymakers, and local activists working to advance migrant integration in urban environments!

Climate Change and Migration in the Middle East and North Africa

By Quentin Wondon and Andrea Liverani

The links between climate change and migration have been studied in detail, but the data for the Middle East – North Africa (MENA) zone remained limited until the World Bank and the French Development Agency carried out a survey of five countries in the region in 2010.

Access the full version of the article published in La Revue de la Villa Méditerranée here.

Interview: Tourism Can Lead to Shared Prosperity and Preserve the Environmental and cultural Heritage


Interview of CMI Manager, Mourad Ezzine, in the context of the high-level workshop "Tourism in the Mediterranean: Driving Integrated and Sustainable Development, Enhancing Heritage and Cultural Exchanges," co-organized by the Center for Mediterranean Integration in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region as part of Mediterranean Economic Week.