These impacts are damaging ocean health and threatening the livelihoods of billions of people. They also point to a critical lack of governance globally of this precious resource.
The war in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time, eroding global economic prospects as much of the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the immediate impacts of the war has been the surge in commodity prices, raising concerns over food and energy security.
What is the best path to building better and greener after the pandemic? Leaders around the globe ask this question and come up with different answers. For example, the European Union puts the spotlight on nature as the strongest ally in green recovery after COVID-19. South Korea plans to invest in green cities and support new green industries and businesses, among others. The best recipe for success differs across countries and regions, but as made clear in this previous op-ed, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will need to include green and sustainable practices for a more resilient and inclusive recovery.
WASHINGTON DC, APRIL 11th, 2019.- Senior representatives of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the World Bank today signed an agreement for USD 7,000,000 to support developing countries’ efforts in mobilizing much-needed public domestic resources to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in Africa and the Middle East.
The four-year agreement aims at boosting domestic resource mobilization while strengthening tax policy and administrative capacity in selected countries in North, Western, and Central Africa, as well as in the Middle-East. Some countries that may benefit from this agreement include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.
The start-up scene in the Middle East and North Africa region is booming. The growing number of incubators and accelerators that can be found from Beirut, Ramallah, Gaza to Cairo and Casablanca have gained recognition beyond the region. Our team at the MENA Youth Platform has been studying the emerging trends, and one thing is clear: the next revolution will look very different, and young women are at the forefront of innovation such as artificial intelligence. Impressively, a new startup-ecosystem index shows how Tunis and Amman lead the MENA crowd based on an assessment of available human capital, access to finance, the vibrancy of the startup scene, available ICT infrastructure, an enabling macro-context, and global market access.
Deadline: 14-Aug-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The IFC Advisory Services MENA Microfinance Team is seeking a consulting firm to support a Yemeni MFI in assessing institutional readiness to expand its cash transfers line of business. The firm will be expected to use their previous experience in the cash transfers space and surveying clients and staff to review the current set up and cash transfer/agent banking mechanism, to identify gaps and areas for improvement as well as to develop a six-month action plan and overall strategy in these areas that covers crisis and post-crisis operations.
- The Middle East and North Africa region is already suffering the consequences of climate change, and will be hit especially hard by the ongoing rise in global temperatures.
- Countries in the region are aware of their vulnerabilities and have begun taking action to confront the impacts of climate change, but the challenges are enormous.
- The World Bank Group has launched a new plan for the region that will increase the portion of financing dedicated to climate action, provide more support for adaptation and focus on protecting the poorest that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Deadline:18-Oct-2015 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)
The MENA E&REF team is seeking an individual consultant to support business development efforts and program management. The Consultant will work with the MENA E&REF advisory programs by collecting and analyzing market and client data, supporting development of business development and knowledge management materials, organizing events, and select project activities on as need basis. The position could be based in Egypt, UAE, or Pakistan.