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Maximizing the World Bank Group’s Impact in the Middle East and North Africa

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Abstract: This report provides an overview of the World Bank Group’s engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, highlighting the new operating model of the World Bank Group. In particular, the report provides insight on the key challenges and strategic engagement of each sector (Global Practice) in MENA and details some of the key cross-cutting challenges that countries face. This report serves as a basis to convene international thought leaders, as well as internal and external stakeholders, in the context of developing a new strategy for the Middle East and North Africa region later this year. The region faces three challenges in particular: (a) long-standing distortions that have generated jobless growth and poor service delivery as well as low financial access and inclusion; (b) severe imbalances that threaten macroeconomic stability; and (c) deep political and social tensions, at times escalating into violent conflict. The World Bank Group’s current engagement supports four key pillars: (a) strengthening governance; (b) ensuring economic and social inclusion; (c) creating jobs; and (d) accelerating sustainable growth. Progress on these pillars can be made through a two-pronged approach focused on addressing the immediate needs arising from humanitarian crises throughout the region while also giving sustained attention to the investments and reforms needed for medium- and long-term development. This two-pronged approach is necessary to help governments cope with immediate pressures on already fragile institutions and at the same time develop long-term strategies to address deep-seated issues that have hindered inclusive growth and prosperity for decades. This report details nine specific cross-cutting challenges: climate change; decentralization; disaster risk management; fragility, conflict and violence; fuel subsidies and social safety nets; gender; governance and service delivery in health and education; private sector development and job creation; and public-private partnerships. Looking ahead, responding to the changing realities on the ground, the World Bank Group is rethinking its regional strategy in order to maximize its impact in the Middle East and North Africa. This new strategy, which is currently under preparation, will aim to step up the Bank Group’s engagement in the region in order to achieve shared growth and prosperity, as well as work with partners to convene change in the region.
Type: Working Paper
Publications & Research
Publications & Research :: Working Paper
Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10986/22074
Subject: TARIFFS
EMPLOYMENT
SOCIAL COSTS
RECLAMATION
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES
ECONOMIC GROWTH
ACCOUNTING
CARBON DIOXIDE
ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
FOSSIL FUELS
AIR QUALITY
WASTE MANAGEMENT
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
REDUCING EMISSIONS
PRINCIPAL
FISCAL DEFICITS
CARBON
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
EXPECTATIONS
LAND RECLAMATION
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
STRATEGIES
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
PRICE SETTING
LABOR FORCE
SERVICES
EMISSIONS
PUBLIC SERVICES
POLITICAL ECONOMY
HOUSING
REVENUES
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT
INCENTIVES
CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS
EQUILIBRIUM
MODELS
PROJECTS
ECONOMIC STABILITY
PROVEN OIL RESERVES
SAFETY NETS
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
FINANCIAL TRANSFERS
MACROECONOMIC STABILITY
ECONOMIC DYNAMICS
OIL PRICES
EXPLOITATION
ARABLE LAND
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
WATER PRICING
OIL
AIR POLLUTION
CROWDING OUT
TRANSPORT
OPTIONS
TRANSFERS
OPEC
SUSTAINABLE WATER
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
DEBT
MARKETS
ALLOCATIVE EFFICIENCY
DEFICITS
POLLUTION
LAND RESOURCES
ECONOMIC POLICIES
AQUIFERS
LABOR
DIVIDENDS
ENTERPRISES
NATURAL RESOURCES
SUBSIDIES
FINANCE
EFFICIENCY
GRANTS
GREENHOUSE GASES
INFRASTRUCTURE
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
RESOURCES
DEVOLUTION
UNEMPLOYMENT
DEREGULATION
ENERGY CONSUMPTION
EQUITY
CONSUMPTION
SOCIAL SAFETY NETS
ECONOMIC IMPACT
RURAL COMMUNITIES
ACCOUNTABILITY
CLIMATE CHANGE
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
ELECTRICITY DEMAND
POLICY MAKERS
BANK
CREDIT
MACROECONOMICS
DEMAND
ABATEMENT
MDB
NATIONAL INCOME
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
ELECTRICITY GENERATION
ENVIRONMENTS
EXPENDITURES
DECISION MAKING
POLLUTION ABATEMENT
ECONOMIC RENTS
ENVIRONMENT
EIB
ECONOMICS
ECONOMIC MODELS
PUBLIC DEBT
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
GOVERNANCE
FISHERIES
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
TRADE
LAND
DRINKING WATER
RISK
SUBNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS
OIL RESERVES
WATER POLLUTION
DECENTRALIZATION
REVENUE
PRIVATE CONSUMPTION
HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT
RISK MANAGEMENT
LENDING
WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT
ECONOMISTS
PASTURES
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ENVIRONMENTAL
LABOR MARKETS
GOVERNMENTS
PUBLIC GOOD
PRICES
DEMOGRAPHICS
OIL SECTOR
CONSUMER PROTECTION
ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
ECONOMIES
PUBLIC GOODS
COMPETITION
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES




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