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Merissa Khurma on "Ready for Work" at the Doha Forum 2019

January 17, 20208m 13s

Merissa Khurma, lead author of, "Ready for Work: An Analysis of Workforce Asymmetries in the Middle East and North Africa" discusses the key findings and policy recommendations at the forefront of her research at the Doha Forum 2019. Among the major findings are the need to reform education systems to develop "soft" or essential skills, confronting stigma surrounding technical and vocational training, and the lack of women entering the workforce. The private and public sector need to team up to address these underlying issues, but there are positive developments on the entrepreneurship front that may help reform in the future. 

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Merissa Khurma

Program Manager, Middle East Program
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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