Category - Geographies

Saudi Arabia’s Slow Progress on Women Employment

Saudi females still abstain from participating in the labor force. While the new law allowing women to drive is an omen for promoting more equal economic participation for women, several other barriers could still hold women back from their true...

Arab Women in the Labor Market

Women in the Arab world have long fought to gain better access to economic and social opportunities. Despite the achieved success in increased educational attainment, the majority of Arab women remain outside the labor force. Women Labor: A Missed...

Disability in the Arab World: From Charity to Agency

This blog post is prepared in collaboration with UN-ESCWA to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities  on December 3, 2017. What is Disability? Persons with disabilities include those with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or...

Arab Children are Being Left Behind

The Arab world lags behind in its investment in early childhood development (ECD). While there have been improvement in our children’s health, many suffer as a result of insufficient nutrition and education. Failure to invest in ECD now can have...

Arab-Arab Migration: The two sides of the coin

The GCC is the major destination for the majority of migrants from Egypt, Jordan and to a lesser extent Lebanon. But despite the GCC’s growing immigrant population, their reliance on Arab immigrants has been continuously decreasing over the past...

Ageing in the region is a complicated matter

The Arab world still has one of the lowest ageing rates in the world. However, there is no doubt that the decreasing fertility rates are slowly setting way for an ageing population. The demographic transformation will take different shapes...

The Arab World: Receiving and Sending Migrants

Migration patterns in the Arab world vary greatly according to sub-regions. While the GCC hosts a large number of immigrants, countries in North Africa (such as Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) have large number of emigrant population. The Mashreq...