Middle East/North Africa

Leadership in Public Financial Management II, 2014-2018

Public financial management is inseparable from a country’s ability to achieve economic development that is socially inclusive and equitable. The public budget, for example, fuels investment in infrastructure and in basic services, such as health and education. Sound budget administration requires...

Haiti Website Eases Trade

August 8, 2016—Trade with Haiti has become much simpler and more efficient because of a new government website.The Haiti Trade Information Portal, developed with assistance from Nathan Associates, provides a single access point for up-to-date trade, economic, and regulatory information helpful to...

Jordan Customs Advances in Training, Public Service

March 1, 2016—Jordan’s Customs Agency has become a regional resource for training in the safe and efficient movement of goods as well as a leader in commitment to public service. The agency’s Regional Customs Training Center, accredited by the World Customs Organization, on November 10, 2015,...

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

September 30, 2015—Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan...

Denver International's Airport City, a PPP at Work

By Alejandro SchwedhelmAugust 31, 2015—In my last post, I described the role of public-private partnerships in the rise of airport cities. The airport city being developed around Denver International Airport, or DIA, is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind and exemplifies the value of...

Jordan Builds Interest in Golden List Customs Program

August 6, 2015 — More Jordanian businesses have signed up for the government’s Golden List program, designed to ease the safe clearance of goods through customs, amid U.S.-aided efforts to show importers, exporters, warehouse operators, and others involved in trade the advantages of participating...

Jordan Customs Regional Training Center Wins WCO Accreditation

June 16, 2015—The World Customs Organization (WCO) has accredited a Regional Training Center in Amman, Jordan, that will advance efforts to modernize and reform customs processes.The Jordan Customs Agency will now be able to conduct high-quality, in-house training for customs officers, partner...

Egyptian Entrepreneurs Add to Exports, Skills, and Energy Savings

June 4, 2015—Egyptian entrepreneurs have broadened their trade contacts and stepped up exports through participation in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Trade Facilitation Project. Nathan Associates implemented the project, also known as TFP. “In less than two years, 57 companies...

Gender Norms Can Change So Women Prosper in the Workforce

BY CAROLINE KAUFMANPhoto: Miami U. Libraries, Digital Collections [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 28, 2015—In my last post—Economic Growth Starts Here--I described the work of George Washington University students just beginning to research women’s labor force participation in Malaysia...

Women’s Economic Empowerment—Anything wrong with this picture?

By Louise WilliamsAmes Room. By Ian Stannard on Flickr. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/This decade has seen a veritable revolution in public policy to strengthen women’s economic participation. That revolution is due in part to data that reveal severe disparity in how men and women...

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