The Middle East and North Africa
Description of the MENA Region: In addition to being one of the most unequal regions in terms of wealth distribution, the MENA region is facing several calamities, from the rapidly changing political, economic, and social context, especially with the continuing repercussions of the Arab Spring to the devastating wars and aggressions in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Palestine, leading to widespread destruction and the erosion of economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as political and civil rights, not to mention the largest refugee and migration crisis ever witnessed. On the other hand, as a result of the ‘war on terror’ and the securitized and militarized approach by governments, civil society space is shrinking. The primary example in non-war-torn countries is Egypt, where the space for civil society has been drastically eroded by the current military regime. But it is also the case for countries such as Tunisia, the “success story” of the Arab Spring. In this context the region has been focusing on the question of development cooperation and its impact from a human rights perspective, looking into the role of the private sector, inter-regional development cooperation, and setting up an Observatorio on development cooperation, in addition to monitoring development actors, such as IFIs.
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