Ten Facts You Didn’t know about Women in the Arab World

By Maha Abdelilah El-Swais

Women currently make up 49.7% of around 345.5 million people in the Middle East and North Africa region. But despite the many advances made in terms of closing the gender gap in health, political representation, and labor force participation, many other barriers remain. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a list of facts about women of the Arab world.

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[Arab Knowledge Report 2014] Youth and Localisation of Knowledge


The change process that Arab states are undergoing nowadays requires the region to adopt a more innovative approach to development, an approach based on the localization of knowledge and empowerment of youth as change agents. The latest UNDP Arab Knowledge report (2014) discusses the necessity of building a knowledge based society and economy, for which Arab youth should be the main pillar, in the Arab region to effectively address the growing challenges on various social and economic levels, as well as on local, regional and international levels. 

CMI Welcomes Italy and the Palestinian Authority as Newest Members


The Center for Mediterranean Integration proudly announces the adhesion of two new Mediterranean members: Italy and the Palestinian Authority.

[VIDEO] Why Does Legal Aid Matter

Why does Legal Aid matter interviews from CMI Marseille on Vimeo

Why does legal aid matter? What are the main challenges that people face? What access for people living in rural areas and for women? What are the possible actions for the future? Civil society organizations representatives from Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco share their views.

Toward a New Contract?

By Agnès Levallois*

Four years after the protest movements in the Arab countries and the transition period that followed, socioeconomic issues now need to be urgently tackled.  This is the biggest challenge facing the new authorities. However, these issues can only be addressed in a peaceful political atmosphere and in the context of Constitutions that set forth the new social contract between governments and the people.  The constitutional issue emerged in the aftermath of the ouster of the Tunisian and Egyptian Presidents, as did the issue of the ability, or lack thereof, to reach a political compromise in order to establish democratic standards.  This is the context in which work was done on the Constitutions of Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen, with different results in each country.

[Interview] What Does Cheap Oil Mean for the Arab World?

As the price of oil falls, the discussion is heating up on what the impact will be for countries in the Arab. The World Bank’s Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa, Shanta Devarajan, weighs in on the conversation.

Watch interview here.

[Report] Plunging Oil Prices Bring Gains and Losses to the Middle East and North Africa Region


The over-50% decline in world oil prices—from US$115 a barrel in June 2014 to less than US$50 today—will have significant consequences for the economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This report titled " Plunging Oil Prices", focuses on the implications of low oil prices for eight developing countries, or the MENA-8 (oil importers: Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan and oil exporters: Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya) and the economies of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), who play a major role in providing funds in the form of aid, investment, tourism revenues and remittances to the rest of the countries of the region.

World Bank Launches Women Risk Management Start-up Competition in the Middle East and North Africa



The World Bank is organizing a women risk management start-up competition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This competition is a public-private partnership between the World Bank, the IFC, MIT Enterprise Forum, IE Business School, Johnson and Johnson, Arab Urban Development Institute, the MENA Early Stage Investment Facility (ESIF) and Smart Data Science to promote the creation of risk management start-ups led by women. While the seed-funding to organize the competition is provided by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), investment funds and venture capitalists are financing the establishment of the start-ups and their mentoring during the initial years of operations. The ongoing pilot phase of the competition will target 3 high-risk cities in MENA, whereas the second phase, which will be launched in the second half of 2015, will target up to 100 cities globally.

Migration, Territories and Development: In Search of a New Model for Interactions

[Episode 8] A Gradual Change in Migration and How it is Perceived

By Jacques Ould Aoudia*

What are we going to discuss? International migration, diasporas, development, migrants’ territories of origin, host countries…and links that migrants forge each day involving all these elements. We will discuss these issues in 8 posts. 

Post No.8 is entitled “Extending the Concept of Communities for Shared Development to the Rest of the World”. Feel free to comment, criticize, make suggestions, question, agree, or disagree. This is a space to make your voice heard.