Publication: Striving for Better Jobs : The Challenge of Informality in the Middle East and North Africa Region
This quick note provides an overview of the World Bank report striving for better jobs: the challenge of informality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report was completed as a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests swept across the Arab world. Millions of young people were chanting 'dignity' and 'social justice' in the region, underlining deep-seated feelings of exclusion and inequality of opportunities. Demanding democracy, human rights, and better governance, young Arabs were also striving to realize their economic aspirations in a region rich in human and physical capital. However, while there has been economic growth for a number of years in MENA countries, this has not led to an adequate number of good jobs and has succeeded, at best, in generating low-quality, informal jobs.
“Gatti, Roberta; Angel-Urdinola, Diego F.; Silva, Joana; Bodor, Andras. 2011. Striving for Better Jobs : The Challenge of Informality in the Middle East and North Africa Region. MENA Knowledge and Learning Quick Notes Series; No. 49. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/aa3c67bb-1166-544b-a9c9-263e79c7857f License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”