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Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)


Since political upheaval rocked the Arab World in the context of the Arab Spring, several countries have been facing daunting challenges. These include a difficult democratization process, deteriorating social and economic conditions and, in many cases, limited knowledge about the best policy options to meet rising aspirations for greater and shared prosperity. These challenges have been compounded by various factors including the lack of research on topical issues and the scarcity of micro data. To help overcome these challenges, ERF launched the “Arab Spring Development Initiative” (ASDI), a three-year research program supported by the World Bank and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.

ASDI focuses on three main areas of activity namely: (i) open access data, (ii) knowledge creation, and (iii) policy dialogues.

Open Access Data: This new platform follows in the footsteps of the successful World Bank initiative on making data available to researchers and policymakers alike. ERF will capitalize on its knowledge of the region to focus on the Arab countries, where micro data is generally neither available nor accessible. This is a huge undertaking that responds directly to the Arab Spring demand for more transparency and accountability.

Knowledge Creation: Emphasis in this area will be on four themes that are of critical importance to the region at this juncture in its development. These are: The Economics and Politics of Arab Awakening Inequality, Employment, and Natural Resources and Economic Diversification.

Policy Dialogues: Under this activity, a variety of platforms for policy discussions will be created, covering varying topics and stakeholders as well as tools and formats to maximize impact.  In particular, ERF seeks to broaden its channels of communication and expand the use of social media tools, which have proven instrumental in the buildup to the Arab Spring and during the transitions. A set of activities will be initiated such as: national dialogues, development debates and policy briefs, with the aim of informing the policy debate on issues of regional interest.

Completed Projects

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Fiscal Institutions and Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Arab Economies

This project seeks to examine the role that budget institutions and the rules and procedures ... read more

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Undervaluation and firm-level exports diversification in Arab countries

The first objective of this research is to explore the economic impact of three reform ... read more

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Demographic Change, Fiscal Policy and Pension Systems in MENA Countries

This project examines the links between demographic change and fiscal policy regarding social security and ... read more

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Was Economic Growth Pro-Poor? Evidence from Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine

This project utilizes harmonized Household Income and Expenditure Surveys datasets developed by ERF to look ... read more

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Decomposing Income Inequality in Tunisia and Egypt

This multi-country study consists of decomposing income inequality in Tunisia and Egypt using household surveys ... read more

Arab Spring Development Initiative (ASDI)
Inequality of Opportunity in Income and Consumption in Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia

This project studies the extent of income equality of opportunity using recent Labor Market Surveys ... read more