Publication: Employment Creation and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa
This book describes and analyzes critical aspects of the labor market and social protection in the Arab world. The authors address the interrelationship between labor, human development, and social well-being in the Middle East and North Africa region -- an interaction that is viewed against the backdrop of a globalization process that is a crucial shaping factor in national and international relations alike. The authors scrutinize the implications for workers of the new forms of insecurity being ushered in by the globalization era. At the forefront is the issue of social protection, which creates several dilemmas for policymakers, since formal social security covers only a small percentage of the labor force. The idea of social reinsurance, which would integrate the informal sector and allow for social dialog, emerges at various levels, and there is general agreement that any such dialog, or new social contract, must include government, the private sector, and civil society.
“Handoussa, Heba; Tzannatos, Zafiris. 2002. Employment Creation and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa. Mediterrananean Development Forum;. © Cairo: American University in Cairo Press in association with the Economic Research Forum and the World Bank. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/a41b2e6e-91a7-5034-b1bd-f8267dfa8a70 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”