Sustainable Development Practices and Food Security in Morocco

In late 2018, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, in partnership with the High Atlas Foundation and the University of Central Florida, awarded a small grant to Peter Jacques and Yossef Ben-Meir to conduct a project in Morocco to look at the applicability of sustainable development goals in relation to the Amazigh people of the…

الدمج الاجتماعي عبر ريادة الأعمال

تواجه اليوم منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا تحديات كبيرة تتمثل في الدمج الاجتماعيوالتنويع الاقتصادي. وبحسب التقرير الصادر عن منظمة التعاون الاقتصادي والتنمية حول الشباب في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، “يواجه الشباب في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، إناثًا وذكورًا، أعلى معدلات البطالة بين الشباب في العالم، علمًا بأن نسبة الشباب (الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 15 و29 عامًا) تتخطى الثلاثين في المائة من السكان بسّن العمل في معظم دول المنطقة”. كما وتستضيف هذه المنطقة أعدادًا غير مسبوقة من اللاجئين والنازحين داخليًا، إذ أفادت المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين أن هذه المنطقة كانت تضم في العام 2017 ستة في المائة من سكان العالم إنما نحو ربع اللاجئين والعائدين وعديمي الجنسية والنازحين داخليًا وطالبي اللجوء. وهؤلاء اللاجئون يتواجدون في العديد من الدول المتوسطة الدخل من الشريحتين الدنيا والعليا كلبنان وتركيا والأردن. ويؤدي التحدي المزدوج المتمثل بالحاجة إلى التنويع الاقتصادي والتعامل مع المجموعات السكانية المهمشة إلى تضارب الاحتياجات. فالدول مضطرة للتعامل مع قرارات تتعلق بتوفير إمكانية النفاذ إلى سوق العمل والبرامج الاجتماعية للاجئين في الوقت نفسه الذي يتعين عليها تلبية احتياجات مواطنيها الذين ربما يعانون هم أيضًا من البطالة وصعوبة الاستفادة من الفرص.

Girişimcilik yoluyla Sosyal Entegrasyon

Günümüzde Orta Doğu ve Kuzey Afrika (MENA) bölgesi çok ciddi sosyal entegrasyon ve ekonomik çeşitlilik sorunlarıyla karşı karşıya. Ekonomik İşbirliği ve Kalkınma Örgütü’nün MENA bölgesindeki gençler üzerine hazırladığı bir rapora göre “MENA bölgesindeki genç kadın ve erkekler, dünyanın en yüksek genç işsizlik oranının olduğu bölgede yaşıyorlar. Birçok ülkede, gençlerin (15-29 yaş arası) çalışma çağındaki nüfus…

Social Integration through Entrepreneurship

Today, the Middle East in North Africa (MENA) region faces the great challenges of social integration and economic diversification. According to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report on youth in the MENA region, “young men and women in the MENA region face the highest youth unemployment levels in the world. With the share…

“I Trust You – Voices from Afghanistan and Pakistan” Competition

The Hollings Center for International Dialogue is pleased to announce a video competition, “I Trust You – Voices from Afghanistan & Pakistan” in collaboration with the Media Foundation in Pakistan and Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan. The 90-second video competition aims to build trust, mutual respect, and promote commonalities between the two neighbors through…

Creating a Responsible Business Coalition

Following the Hollings Center dialogue Profits to Peace, a small grant was awarded to consider the formation of a business coalition in the Greater Mediterranean that would promote positive peace goals in a region beset by multiple conflicts. This is the report of a roundtable meeting on creating that coalition, which took place on November…

Oregon & Tunisia Farm-to-School Exchange

In October 2018, the Hollings Center sponsored a small grant that created an exchange program between representatives of Tunisia and the U.S. state of Oregon to compare best practices for Farm to School Food Programs.  Led by grantees Andy Fisher, Amy Gilroy, and Maria Lukyanova, officials from both countries had an opportunity to share insights…

Economic Diversification in Oman

Like other GCC states, Oman is working to diversify its economy and is engaged in a plan to achieve this goal. Khalid Alharibi and Fatma Abduljalil Moosa discuss Oman’s progress toward this goal. They further discuss how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will play a role in Oman’s economic future. Khalid Alharibi is the…

Implications of American-produced Oil and Gas on the GCC Economies

The increase in American capacity for oil and gas production in recent years has positioned the United States to become a net exporter of these resources by 2020. This has the potential for significant geopolitical implications, particularly for GCC economies as they work to diversify their economies away from the energy sector. Samantha Gross discusses…