Towards Socially Just Development in the MENA Region

Which economic policies have led to social injustice in the MENA region? And which alternative economic policies could increase social justice?

These were the main questions for the work of a multinational expert group, which worked for two years on the publication “Towards Socially Just Development in the MENA Region”. In 2016, during the first project year, a first draft of this publication had been discussed in stakeholder workshops in 12 countries in North Africa and the Middle East. The recommendations, critique and ideas from these workshops further informed the analysis and proposed economic alternatives by the expert group. In November 2017 the publication was presented to the public during a regional conference in Tunis, Tunisia.

From 2018 onwards, this project will focus on presenting the publication and engaging in discussions on its subjects. Upcoming trainings and debates will highlight the central points and bring them to the forefront to advocate for new and progressive economic policies in the MENA region. A regular Summer School will connect forward-thinking economists, researchers and activists from the region. 


OSAE – FES Summer School in Rural and Agricultural Studies, July 3 - 9 2019, in Tunis, Tunisia

Call for Applications from activists, independent researchers, Masters, and doctoral students: In collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES),...


Call for Abstracts: Land and property rights in the Middle East’s contemporary conflicts

FES Research Project, September 2018 to March 2019


Social (In)Justice in the MENA Region: Debunking the Myth of Neoliberal Economic Policies

Call for Applications for a Summer School on economic policies. Apply now!


Launching Publication Regional Conference

A new publication by FES is set to shed light on the causes and costs of economic injustices and present feasible alternatives for new economic...



Fiscal reforms caused economic downturn, economists argue

AMMAN — Fiscal reforms implemented 10 years ago were the main cause of the downturn in Jordan’s economy, and similar policies are still being...


Experts say social justice should drive economic policies

AMMAN — Economic policies should strive for social justice and to engage the younger generation in the development process, experts and policy makers...



Department for Middle East and North Africa
FES Berlin
Hiroshimastraße 28
10785 Berlin


About FES 

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a network of eleven country offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and implements projects in a total of 14 countries. Some offices, such as Egypt or Sudan, look back at a history of more than 40 years of cooperation.

Offices in the Region


Short Term Fixes for Long Lasting Troubles: Why IMF Reforms Won’t Solve Egypt’s (Political) Economic Problems

Economic opening and market-based development have dominated Egypt’s economic policy for the last four decades. The economy has grown, but little has...


Ansatzpunkte einer nationalen Beschäftigungsstrategie für Tunesien

Wirtschaftliche Probleme und soziale Ungerechtigkeiten lösten im Jahr 2011 die Revolution

in Tunesien aus. Seither hat sich viel in Tunesien getan;...