Ferid Belhaj

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Ferid Belhaj is the World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Region

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MENA Has a Food Security Problem, But There Are Ways to Address It

Food insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a growing challenge. Even before COVID-19, UN agencies estimated that over 55 million...

MENA Unbound: Ten Years after the Arab Spring, Avoiding Another Lost Decade

Ten years ago, to the day, the Tunisian people revolted against their president. They denounced his regime, his policies, and his corrupt practices and...

It’s Not Enough to Wait for Conflict to End; We Must Tackle Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Head On

Every day across the Middle East and North Africa, the World Bank is focused on one overarching goal: to end poverty, in all of its forms,...

Why Wealthy Countries Must Step Up Their Contribution to Fight Global Poverty

Member countries of the International Development Association (IDA), a part of the World Bank Group, are meeting shortly to discuss the 19th replenishment of IDA, which will...

Fair Competition Is Needed for the Economic Empowerment of Women in the Arab World

Authors: Ferid Belhaj and Rabah Arezki* Female labor force participation levels in Arab countries are the lowest in the world—despite the rising educational attainment of women reaching...

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