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The ADP Blog is an open platform for practitioners and researchers working on development issues in Arab countries. The ADP welcomes blogs in Arabic, English and French.
 
Interested contributors are encouraged to submit their blog entries (word format, up to 700 words) by e-mail [email protected], mentioning/including the following:
 

1Title of the blog

2Name of the author

3Link to source, if previously published

4Photos (if any – up to 500KB)

5Translated version of your blog (if available)

 

Please note that we reserve the right to introduce minimal edits to the submitted article to enhance the clarity of the text. Major edits will be shared with the contributors ahead of publishing.
  • The MIT LEGATUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT and ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WILL COVID-19 CHANGE INVESTOR BEHAVIOR? THE HOPE WE HOLD ON TO

    Dina H. Sherif, Executive Director, Legatum Center and Adel Boseli, Investor in Residence, Legatum Center and CEO of VFlock, 11 May 2020
    If we had a dollar for every time we read an article or attended a webinar that spoke about how the Coronavirus will change the world order, it is likely that we both would be able to retire by the end of this global pandemic and rapid economic decline. As two individuals who have been working in the entrepreneurship and innovation space for over a decade, consistently advocating for more impact-driven investing, the biggest hope that we hold on to is that this global pandemic will force investors to take a step back, pause, reflect and come to the realization that they too, must...Read More
  • Exploring the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Trade in the Arab Region

    AHMED GHONEIM, 07 May 2020
    Though the Corona virus is dealing an unprecedented shock to the global economy, the extent of its relative impact on Arab countries is still not clear. This blog aims to identify the particular characteristics of that shock on Arab countries, with special focus on trade prospects, and to identify the channels through which its impact is likely to spread.   One factor that will condition the way Arab countries experience the pandemic’s disastrous economic consequences is their relationship to oil, and the shock to that commodity’s markets. Arab countries are highly...Read More
  • Is Lebanon Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

    Ghassan Dibeh, 28 Jan 2020
    Dismantling the Myths of Digital Technologies Blog Series Ghassan Dibeh is contributing with a series of blogs aimed at initiating an informed discussion on the knowledge economy and the digital revolution. The blogs aim at deconstructing some of the generic narratives around these issues and to inform readers about various dimensions that need to be considered for Arab countries to benefit from the value-added and the competitive edge that digital technologies would create.   In an article on the Second Machine Age, the authors said "Many of the biggest ideas in...Read More
  • An Interview with the General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia on the web portal and statistical database

    General Authority for Statistics in Saudi Arabia, 28 Nov 2019
    This blog is part of a series of blogs that the Arab Development Portal is conducting with the Arab National Statistical Offices to provide updates on the reforms and plans taking place at the NSOs.   There is no doubt that the traditional reporting platforms no longer match the aspirations of internet users, whose percentage—in the Arab region— more than doubled since 2010, reaching 49.5% by the end of 2018, up from 24% in 2010[1]. As such, it became necessary for National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to develop open electronic platforms and statistical databases that adopt...Read More
  • On the Digital Revolution and Inequality in the Arab World

    Ghassan Dibeh, 06 Nov 2019
    Dismantling the Myths of Digital Technologies Blog Series Ghassan Dibeh is contributing with a series of blogs aimed at initiating an informed discussion on the knowledge economy and the digital revolution. The blogs aim at deconstructing some of the generic narratives around these issues and to inform readers about various dimensions that need to be considered for Arab countries to benefit from the value-added and the competitive edge that digital technologies would create.   The world is currently in the midst of a new technological revolution: the 4th industrial...Read More
  • The 2019 Visualize 2030 - Youth from the Arab region VISUALIZE their concerns on inequalities

    Arab Development Portal Team, 29 Oct 2019
    October 14, 2019 – After months of planning and preparation, Visualize 2030 paved its way through success for the third year in a row!   Organized by the Arab Development Portal (ADP) – an initiative of the Coordination Group of Arab, National and Regional Development Institutions (CG), the Islamic Development Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)— the third edition of Visualize 2030 data-camp was held in Beirut from 10 to 14 October. Visualize 2030, the first regional SDGs data...Read More
  • Technology-driven entrepreneurship pushes youth to think beyond limits: The Case of Tunisia’s EVOCRAFT

    Arab Development Portal Team, 17 Oct 2019
    Young people around the globe are powerful catalysts for positive change, committed to driving growth, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and changing the world. Today, 16 percent of the world population are aged between 15 and 24, accounting for 1.2 billion young people in 2019, of which 73.8 million originate from the Arab region.[1] Therefore, empowering youth in the Arab states to become drivers of change and unlocking their potential is central to establishing regional collaboration and promoting more inclusive and stable societies. However, more often...Read More
  • An Interview with Qatar Planning and Statistics Authority on the SDGs Environment Related Indicators

    17 Sep 2019
    This blog is part of a series of blogs that the Arab Development Portal is conducting with the Arab National Statistical Offices to provide updates on the reforms and plans taking place at the NSOs.  The environmental sector is particularly important in the Arab region due to the pressing environmental challenges the region witnesses. In fact, the Arab region continues to face critical environmental threats such as desertification, water scarcity, land degradation and low efficiency of natural resource usage. The average annual precipitation ranges from low levels as in...Read More
  • How to measure the Digital Transformation in the Arab Countries

    Safa Mostafa, 28 Feb 2019
      Digital transition is reshaping economies and societies. The ongoing digitalization of the economy show a lot of promise to stimulate innovation, generate efficiencies, and ameliorate services throughout the economy. It became a necessary condition for inclusive and sustainable growth and the overall well-being.[1]   Defining “Digital Economy” is sometimes narrowly scoped as online platforms and their inherent activities, yet, in a broad sense, all activities that use digitized data are part of the digital economy. Thus, in modern economies, the digital economy...Read More
  • Jordan’s Water Scarcity and Red Sea–Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project

    Therese El Gemayel, 27 Nov 2018
    نقص المياه في الأردن ومشروع نقل مياه البحر الأحمر – البحر الميت
      Jordan is characterized by an arid climate and limited natural water resources. Yearly freshwater resources amounted to 780 mcm1 and dams’ capacity amounted to 325 mcm in 2015. To complement the withdrawal of surface and groundwater, the country relies on the treatment of wastewater and desalination (Jordan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation).    Jordan faces significant obstacles addressing the water demand of its population that increased by 42 percent over the last decade (World Population Prospects). The consumption of water is largely absorbed by...Read More

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