Against a Backdrop of Upheaval in Relations between both Sides of the Mediterranean: Tourism, Now More than Ever, Acts as a Driver of Integration, Closer Relations, Growth, Job Creation, and Environmental Protection

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 could, at first glance, seem  surprising, if not out of place, in view of the situation in several southern Mediterranean countries. However, nothing could be further from the truth!

The discussions revealed that against a backdrop of upheaval and changing relations between both sides of the Mediterranean, it is even more critical to invest in this integrative activity that forges connections, promotes growth, and creates jobs while, of course, protecting the environment.

Bringing Hope to Tunisia - The Path to Recovery

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 given that discontent is growing. The time has come to think about/establish to a new economic policy framework.

Tourism and Upheaval in the Southern Mediterranean Countries

By Agnes Levallois*

What is most important is the awareness that the model in place thus far belongs to a bygone era and that tourist demand for socially responsible experiences should be taken into account.  Changing the tourist experience requires a medium- and long-term vision and the preparation of development plans by new actors, and acceptance of these plans by the people so that they can reap the resulting benefits.

Enhancing City Resilience to Boost the Economy: Interviews with Decision-Makers and Experts from MENA Region and Beyond


The MENA Urbanization Knowledge Platform (MENA UKP) team is proud to release the third and last round of its six video blogs series on the resilience of cities in MENA and beyond.

These interviews see city leaders, decision-makers, development experts, academics, private sector representatives, from the MENA region and beyond, reflect on the rising concern of urban risk management. They share their views on challenges they face and successful measures taken to enhance the resilience of their cities.

Looking Local: Migrant Labor Market Integration At An Urban Scale

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 Mediterranean Integration International Labor Mobility (ILM) Program will convene a group of academics, practitioners, and policy advocates to examine barriers to migrants' labor market integration at the local level, and identify potential municipal-level policy solutions.

Dismantling Mediterranean Myths: Status of Arab Women

“Dismantling Mediterranean Myths” is the Center for Mediterranean Integration’s new blog series. Using facts and statistics, it confronts misconceptions about the region. By opening up barriers, the series hopes to reframe, refresh and advance the thinking on Mediterranean issues.

This issue focuses on the myth of Arab women’s status and is based on a contribution by Youssef Courbage, Research Director of the National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris.

A New Look at Levant Peace and Prosperity


When you look at countries like Syria, Iraq and Egypt, do you see troubled institutions and civil discord? We see youth, resources and potential. If private and public sectors work together now to build a stronger Levant, then prosperity could forge a lasting peace.


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Beyond Remittances: How 11 Million Migrants from the Arab World can Impact Development

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 countries. They have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in their countries of origin.

Conversation on Cities and Citizens: Game Changers for Inclusive Development



How can a city become a place where people are empowered, opportunities exist for all, and policies promote the well-being of its citizens? Can new technologies make governments more accountable to citizens? In this event, development leaders will discuss the transformative power of inclusive institutions and citizen engagement for enhancing accountability and improving public services for the poor. The panel will address the relationship between key elements of inclusiveness – institutions, governance, and citizen engagement – against the backdrop of rapid urbanization and social change, growing inequality, and rising crime and violence.

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