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September 2014
Africa
Northern Africa
Western Asia
Global

The report focuses on the two decades
of the World Bank - Global Environment Facility (GEF)
partnership with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
countries. This partnership has had a global environmental
impact by working both at the local and national level and

August 2014
Africa
Northern Africa
Western Asia

This report argues that Middle East and
North Africa (MENA) countries face a critical choice in
their quest for higher private sector growth and more jobs:
promote competition, equal opportunities for all
entrepreneurs and dismantle existing privileges to specific

June 2014
Western Asia

The dynamism of air traffic markets in
the Middle East obscures the persistence of restrictions on
international competition. But how important are such
restrictions for passenger traffic? This paper uses detailed
data on worldwide passenger aviation to estimate the effect

Institutional & promotional materials
April 2014
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Palestine
Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia
Yemen
Northern Africa
Western Asia

The year 2013 witnessed progress both in research and overall operations of the Initiative. Two bilaterally funded programs for Iraq and Tunisia were launched offering new opportunities and models for engagement of US and regional research capacities. The research agenda was strengthened with increased collaboration and partnership.

April 2014
Africa
Northern Africa
Western Asia

Disasters are increasing worldwide, with
more devastating effects than ever before. While the
absolute number of disasters around the world has almost
doubled since the 1980s, the average number of natural
disasters in Middle East and North Africa (MNA) has almost

Policy Papers & Briefs
March 2014
Iran
Jordan
Morocco
Tunisia
Uzbekistan
Yemen
Northern Africa
Southern Asia
Central Asia
Western Asia

The Menarid Knowledge Management initiative offers three services that will improve the effectiveness and wider use of IFAD projects – and potentially other rural development initiatives active in sustainable land and water management.

March 2014
Africa
Northern Africa
Western Asia
Global

The paper presents the key objectives
for the rehabilitation of historic centers or medinas in the
Middle East and North Africa as elaborated by the World Bank
on the basis of twenty years of past and present lending and
technical assistance operations to the governments of the

Institutional & promotional materials
March 2014
Northern Africa
Morocco
Tunisia
Central Asia
Uzbekistan
Southern Asia
Iran
Western Asia
Jordan
Yemen

MENA’s permanent cropland – currently at less than 6% of the total land area – is shrinking due to serious land degradation and recurrent droughts. The region faces the most severe water shortage in the world with annual renewable water resources per capita estimated to decline from 1,045 m3/yr in 1997 to 740 m3/yr in 2015.

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