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Middle East and North Africa

IDRC’s Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo, Egypt, manages our activities in the region.

Every day, the region struggles with instability and conflict. Local economies are under strain, and for the most part, they rely too heavily on the oil industry. Many countries are depleting their natural resources at rates well above sustainable levels. Desertification, water scarcity, and food security are major concerns — and serious water problems remain unresolved.

Like the rest of the developing world, the Middle East and North Africa region is in search of answers. Our programming is designed to empower countries in the region through knowledge. Our support strengthens their ability to confront development challenges and find solutions — from Algeria to Yemen.

Latest Project

Youth, Politics and the Media: Legitimacy Issues in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Since Tunisia's revolution in 2011, youth have represented a fundamental challenge for the country's political stability.

For public authorities in the transition period, young Tunisians personify the interweaving of three strong …

Latest Result

Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data

The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...


News

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy

15/09/2014

​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...

IDRC grantee Benalaya appointed director of the École supérieure d’agriculture Mograne, in Tunisia

04/09/2014

IDRC is pleased to congratulate IDRC grantee Abdallah Benalaya on his recent appointment as director of the École supérieure d'agriculture Mograne (ESAM), in Tunisia. For the past two years Benalaya has served as lead of the IDRC-funded Virtual...

Events

Highlight: Using evaluation to support post-Arab Spring transitions in the Middle East and North Africa

28/04/2014

The EVALMENA Network organized its second consultation in late April in Amman, Jordan, to discuss how evaluation can act as a force for positive change in the post-Arab Spring transitions now taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)...

Webinar on international development: How experience changes our ideas

06/06/2014

Webinar on June 6, 2014 (16H00 Amman, 14H00 London, 9H00 New York – 13H00 UTC)   Over the past 50 years, thinking about “international development” has evolved with the practical experience of developing countries. This dynamic continues today as...



Lasting impacts:
Middle East and North Africa



Here are a few examples that show how IDRC-supported research in Middle East and North Africa has improved lives.
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