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NDSP: Middle East and North Africa I

  • Project from: 2013 to 2016

New Directions in Social Policy in MENA Region, by Rana Jawad, Hicham Ait Mansour, Adam Coutts, Nidhal Ben Cheikh, Abdelhadi Ayyad

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is attempting to configure new social contracts between the state and citizens since the 2011 Arab uprisings. Policy-making circles are increasingly looking to introduce and expand social programmes as a means of redressing deep seated popular grievances and insecurity that afflicts the region. This MENA country cluster study will assess the background, nature and impacts of such initiatives in Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, and Tunisia.

The MENA I case study for the UNRISD project, "New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South" investigates the institutional frameworks for social policy and critically examines a select sample of policy areas in the five countries under review. This will culminate in an evaluation of the impact of these social policies in addressing social inequality and income poverty.