In the context of the Middle East and North Africa, rising social tensions and protests in several countries are a clear indication that the aspirations of the people of the region for opportunity, and prosperity remain unfulfilled. Echoing the need to address those issues, an international conference on fostering economic inclusiveness in the Arab World was organized by the Arab Centre for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Marrakech, Morocco on May 4-5, 2018.
Dr. Shady Hamadeh, ESDU, was invited to present a lecture on “Inclusive economic growth: a fairy tale for the rural poor in the MENA region”. The presentation outlined the failure of rural development strategies in the rural MENA and the exclusion of poor rural communities especially youth and women from any economic benefits.
ESDU regional initiatives to revisit rural development and promote local food systems through access to knowledge, finance and technology were acknowledged by the conference.