COVID-19 and Internet Accessibility in the MENA Region: Maximizing digital skills and connectivity for economic recovery
Alexander Farley and Manuel Langendorf assess the readiness of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to shift employment and education online, both in terms of Internet availability and digital literacy among the populace. They argue that increasing internet accessibility and improving digital skills development can build on the steps that various governments have taken during the pandemic to mitigate economic impacts to form a digitally-enabled recovery strategy. However, policy planning and implementation needs to focus more on making the digital transformation in region inclusive and to bridge digital divides, which are becoming the new face of inequality around the world.
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Middle East Program
The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Read more
The MENA Workforce Development Initiative
The Middle East and North Africa Workforce Development Initiative (MENA-WDI) aims to assess both current and projected challenges facing the region in developing the workforce and the implications for peace and stability. Read more