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Refugees children in Jordanian schools: Challenges and response

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka     Dr. Zainab Shawabkeh is the head of the department of education at the Ministry of Education in Jordan. At ... read more

Marriage and fertility patterns among Jordanians and Syrian refugees in Jordan

This Blog written by Aalaa Halaka   Maia Sieverding is assistant professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the American University of Beirut. At the ERF conference on ... read more

What is the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordanians in the labor market?

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka   Susan Razzaz is a Jordan-based economist specialized in labor market issues in MENA. She participated as a panel commentator in the session on the ... read more

Considering the positive impact of refugees on the economy

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka   Just like there are two sides to a coin, many believe that refugees can have beneficial potential to the host economy as much as ... read more

Beyond Refugee Relief: Promoting Sustainable Inclusive Growth in Jordan

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka   Sara Ferrer Olivella from the UN Development Programme participated as panelist in the ... read more

Understanding the impact of the Syrian refugee influx on education in Jordan

This Blog is written by Aalaa Halaka     As part of the opening policy panel of the ERF conference on The Impacts of the Syrian Refugees ... read more

Can Africa Surprise the World by Delivering the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by the end of 2017

By Abdalla Hamdok, Executive Secretary a.i. UNECA   During the 50th Anniversary of both the OAU/AU the vision of the African continent for the next 50 ... read more

Arab Attitudes toward Gender Equality and toward the Islamic State: New Public Opinion Survey Findings

By Mark Tessler, University of Michigan   Recent public opinion research in the Arab world sheds light on the views held by ordinary citizens about two ... read more

Upward or Downward: Occupational Mobility and Return Migration

By Jackline Wahba, Professor of Economics at the University of Southampton and ERF Research Fellow. For many poor developing countries, the emigration of the high skilled workers is ... read more

What You Gonna Do When the Robot Does the Job Better Than You?

By Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. This week Google's alphaGo artificial intelligence program defeated human champion Lee Se-dol in the ... read more

How Can We Limit the Damage?

By Joost Hiltermann is Program Director, Middle East and  North Africa, at the International Crisis Group. The economic challenges faced by states and societies in the ... read more

Structural Transformation is Key for Poverty Reduction in Arab Countries

By Khalid Abu-Ismail, Chief of the Economic Development and Poverty Section at UN-ESCWA. The long-term development vision for the Arab region should address the core challenge ... read more

Lessons from the Arab Spring: Toward a New Development Agenda for the Middle East

By Hafez Ghanem, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa and ERF Research Fellow. Tunisia and Egypt were growing at around ... read more

Converting Oil Rents to Inclusive Growth – Missing Ingredients

By Hassan Hakimian, Director of the London Middle East Institute and a Reader in Economics at SOAS, University of London and ERF Research Fellow. The burgeoning ... read more

The Economic Fallout from the Arab Spring

By Mohsin Khan, nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council The promise of democracy and self-determination was the driving force in the ... read more

Governance, Aid and Corruption in Transition

Daniel Kaufmann, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Governance, aid and corruption in transition: Taking state capture seriously Evidence suggests that over ... read more