Published on January 13th, 2016 | by Elaine Ding0
Visualizing the Failures of Development Policy in the Middle East and North Africa
The World Bank has created a data visualization to make the case for a new approach to development policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, illustrating arguments from its April 2015 report, MENA Economic Monitor: Towards a New Social Contract. The visualization highlights the shortcomings of the development model adopted by many MENA nations in which the state provides healthcare, education, food, fuel, and other important goods for free or at subsidized rates, but limits citizen engagement. Using data from the World Bank, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and other sources, the visualization shows how MENA countries have achieved some success in improving basic health and reducing extreme poverty, but have ultimately failed to support the middle class, promote job growth, and provide high quality public services and governance.