Data Visualization MENA Economic Growth

Published on January 13th, 2016 | by Elaine Ding

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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.

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Elaine Ding

Elaine Ding is a graduate policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. She is a graduate from the American University Washington College of Law and is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration degree. Elaine previously worked as a legal fellow for IDEATE Labs conducting legal and policy research on a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, telecommunications, and workforce policy.



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