Contributing to stabilization and development in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena)
In early 2011, a wave of demonstrations and riots reverberated across the Arab world, which soon came to be known as “the Arab Spring”. In order to express dissatisfaction with their political and socio-economic conditions people throughout the region chanted: “Bread! Freedom! Social justice!” ("!عيش! حريه! عداله اجتماعيه").
Since then, the situation in many MENA countries has changed, but unfortunately not always for better. Tunisia is on a good path towards democracy. However, in some countries the old regimes, backed by the military, have mostly succeeded in re-establishing their authority. Tragically, several other MENA countries have been torn apart by civil war to the extent that the “state” has largely dissolved.
In a large research and advisory project, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik investigates the causes of domestic change in MENA countries and their consequences for the MENA region and for Germany and Europe.
For further Information, please visit the Website of the corresponding Project.
Zwei Milliarden ohne sauberes Wasser: Wer steht auf der Leitung? (in German)
Ten years ago, the UN declared access to clean water a human right. Annabelle Houdret observes that there is no longer enough political pressure. "Between 2010 and 2016, German pledges have decreased by a quarter".
taz, 17 September 2020
Framing the emergence of new social contracts in Middle East and North African countries
Loewe, Markus (ed.) (2021)
in: World Development, special issue
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