The Hollings Center’s series on Responsible Business explores economic factors and business initiatives that can be used to create more productive and peaceful communities. The series explores the detailed links between the US and Muslim-majority nations in the global economy.

 

Dialogues

Economic Diversification in the GCC

In all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries[1], the bulk of government revenues comes from hydrocarbons. Despite the recent rise in the price of oil, some countries in the GCC face a harsh economic outlook due to unemployment, high debt levels, and strained financial markets. In addition to the socioeconomic challenges, GCC countries are likely…

Social Integration through Entrepreneurship

(Looking for the Megacities report?  Click here.) 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…

Profits to Peace: The Role of Business in Promoting Positive Peace

The Middle East and North Africa region urgently needs ethical and sustainable solutions for the plethora of challenges it faces, including the pressure of displaced populations, growing unemployment, armed conflict, environmental concerns, and lack of food or water security. Multiple previous Hollings Center dialogue programs have noted the important need for sustainable economic growth and…

Bridging the Disconnect between Education and the Economy

Six years following the onset of the global economic crisis of 2008, national economies have struggled to make up lost gains. Unemployment remains above pre-crisis levels in many countries, particularly among youth. Throughout Muslim-majority countries, such as Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Libya, the high rate of youth unemployment has led to multi-faceted negative consequences. For…

Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam

As corporate social responsibility (CSR) becomes widespread practice around the world, there are many questions surrounding its implementation in Muslim-majority nations. How has CSR evolved in different Muslim-majority nations and throughout the world? How do Islamic banking and transactions play a role? Can CSR support employability efforts, entrepreneurship, and job creation? How can CSR activities…


 

Video

Public-Private Sector Relations in Smart Cities

Raafat Radwan discusses some of the challenges to building better relationships between the public and private sector, highlighting the importance in building trust to smart city development. Raafat Radwan is a national, regional and international consultant with more than 40 years of career experience in both the public sector and as a consultant in different…

What is Smart Transportation?

Jane Macfarlane discusses how transportation in urban environments has reached a tipping point. She highlights the types of data being collected and how it could be better used for active control across entire networks. She discusses ongoing research on how to design smart transportation systems. Jane Macfarlane has been a pioneer in applying advanced computing…

Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal

 In order to expand mutual peace, prosperity and overcome barriers to trade Hollings Center for International Dialogue grantees from Pakistan and Afghanistan launched an Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal (APTP). The Project aimed at supporting and growing bilateral trade and economic links and between Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The trade portal web site can be found at:…

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…

Successful Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Programs

Khaled Hijab discusses what makes economic empowerment and entrepreneurship programs for marginalized communities successful. Khaled E. Hijab is the executive director of Tech Tribes. Through his expertise in social innovation and information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D), Khaled connects youth-focused NGOs across the region with technology tools useful for advancing their work, increasing civic…

Cooperatives for Socioeconomic Integration Programs

Maru Bautista discusses how worker cooperatives could be utilized as an alternative business model to promote the socioeconomic integration of marginalized communities. Maru Bautista is the director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn, New York. For the past five years, she has worked with her team and the…


 

Events & Other Projects

Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal

 In order to expand mutual peace, prosperity and overcome barriers to trade Hollings Center for International Dialogue grantees from Pakistan and Afghanistan launched an Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade Portal (APTP). The Project aimed at supporting and growing bilateral trade and economic links and between Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The trade portal web site can be found at:…

Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam Inaugural Conference

Can Islam be a motivation for corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Do Islamic corporations have a stronger morally obligation to act responsibly? Is CSR a product that the private sector uses as a PR tool or is it a value that firms must embrace to be sustainable? To answer these and other questions, the Hollings Center…