The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) has been embroiled in zero sum conflicts exhausting most development resources and scaring investment funds away from the region.  The area has faced – and is still facing - difficult and existential challenges. 

Economic Challenges 

Urban Challenges  

Cities are at the heart of the struggle.  Here is why:

Reconstruction Challenges 

Below is a short list for some of the critical limitations for any serious efforts to intervene and engage in urban scale development projects, be it in cities devastated by conflict or those struggling to keep up with the risks of the new urban realities of the next decade.

Upcoming Youth Bubble

There is a real threat coming up within 10-15 years as the next youth bulge is expected to bring about 20-25 year old young people to the streets again in a replication of the 2010 scenarios only on a much larger scale since the ability of the cities and states to absorb that wave has not been sufficiently replenished after the Arab Spring of 2011. 

Investment Challenges

Over the past decade conflicts have consumed about 9% yearly of the region’s GDP, and it is likely to take a higher toll over the next few years. To reverse the trend the region will have to generate an additional investment package of about USD 1 trillion per year over the next ten years to usher real prospects for peace, prosperity and reconstruction. This roughly means doubling the current rates of investments. 

An innovative transformation of the relationship between public and private investments is required to assure that these investments are well positioned to leverage real multipliers in the local and regional economy, and to create development synergies and ensure scalability. Communities need to be brought on board into the PPP formulas, as a half of that additional investment package can only be leveraged by individual and communal resources. 

Making a Difference

In the volatile and complex eco-systems of the MENA region, decision makers are no longer able to rely on classical and time-consuming research, analysis, and strategies.  They need real-time deep understanding and advice - on the rapidly changing local contexts, risks, and opportunities - to enable them to make and adjust their plans.  

We are here to provide decision makers with timely knowledge and services tailored to their needs and contexts and to help them steer their investments and policies.