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Gallup article: MENA residents Put Onus on Government to Help the Poor by Joana Silva, Victoria Levin, Matteo Morgandi, Cynthia English
Al Jazeera opinion: Fighting poverty in the Arab world: with Soap Operas? by Amina Semlali

Huffington Post article : It is Time for the Arab world to Invest in People not Subsidies by Hana Brixi and Yasser El Gammal

The Saudi Gazette article: Welfare reform needed for Arab Spring demands: World Bank-Gallup survey 

Middle East Online article : Survey finds welfare reform needed to meet demands in MENA region 

Zawya article : Lebanese critical of anti-poverty programs 

The Gulf Today : welfare reform must to meet demands: Poll 

The Daily Star Lebanon article : Lebanese critical of anti-poverty programs 

AFP: Welfare reform needed for Arab Spring demands: survey

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Employment and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Paving the Way for a New Social Contract as part of the "Recontre Valmer" series

Date: November 27, 2012 - Place: Marseille, France

The "Rencontre Valmer" series of events, held at the Centre for Mediterranean Integration, is designed to bring together a community of high-level decision makers, experts and journalists from both rims of the Mediterranean to discuss and reflect on the economic and social implications of MENA's transformation. The goal is that these discussions can contribute to the debate about the region's long term development and integration.

Key Note Speech: Steen Lau Jorgensen, Sector Director, Human Development, MENA region, will present the findings of the forthcoming World Bank report on Social Safety Nets entitled Inclusion and Resilience: The Way Forward for Social Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa.

Carnegie Middle East Center Seminar on Social Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa
Date: October 3, 2012, Beirut - Place: Beirut, Lebanon

The Carnegie Middle East Center and the World Bank hosted a joint seminar in order to present the main findings of the forthcoming World Bank report on Social Safety Nets. The seminar emphasized the specific findings for Lebanon, which are relevant to the Government of Lebanon and the broader set of stakeholders. The results of nationally representative opinion surveys (implemented in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia) on Social Protection Evaluation of Attitudes, Knowledge, and Support (SPEAKS), conducted in preparation for the report, were also presented at the seminar.

Speakers: Haneen Sayed, Lead Operations Officer, Victoria Levin, Economist and Ibrahim Saif, Consultant from the World Bank. Video l Blog

Regional Consultation Workshops
January-April 2012 - Place: Tunis, Tunisia; Beirut, Lebanon; Muscat, Oman; Amman, Jordan

In preparation for World Bank research and a report on social safety nets in the Middle East and North Africa, extensive face-to-face consultations were held with over 250 representatives from across the region. Participants were from government, academia, civil society, NGOs, and CSOs and from Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Multilateral and bilateral donors also took part including the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Discussions took place at four different events: Beirut, (January 13–14, 2012); Tunis, (January 16–17, 2012); and Muscat (April 16–17, 2012) and in Jordan (January 10, 2012).

During the events expert roundtables were conducted with 20 SSN experts and practitioners discussing their views on the way forward and SSN reform in MENA. - The World Bank report team presented a showcase of global best practices, using posters and a quiz with key results/features that make SSN programs work. Participant views were canvassed throughout the events.

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