The so-called 'Arab Spring' has brought movement into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that had previously been stagnating in many ways. Before the Arab Spring the MENA had long been characterised by authoritarianism, increasing environmental pollution and modest economic growth, which was unable to either reduce poverty and unemployment, or to facilitate structural change. Since the Arab Spring, the political and economic situation has not improved in most of the countries of the region.
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) conducts research with a focus on the following issues in the MENA context:
Framing the emergence of new social contracts in Middle East and North African countries
Loewe, Markus (ed.) (2021)
in: World Development, special issue
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
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