Why the US Needs to Embrace Private Sector Involvement in Infrastructure

June 10, 2018

The United States could learn a great deal about infrastructure finance from Australia, which has paved the way for public-private partnerships in that domain, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett in this opinion piece. As an Australian, I’ve have been resisting the temptation these past few...

How African Governments Can Use Private Companies for Improved Project Delivery

August 10, 2015

Strong institutions and the elimination of corruption will lead to better delivery of PPP projects in Africa. The enormous infrastructure gap crippling human and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa can be addressed through a collaboration of the private and public sectors—popularly...

Africa’s Youth Challenge and the Private Sector: An Agent of Change

July 16, 2014

Youth unemployment poses challenges for growth and development in Africa, but the private sector could be the solution. While all actors, including the youth, are responsible for transforming employment creation in Africa, this shared responsibility has led to no significant improvements in the...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 2/2)

September 18, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. As Jamie McAuliffe, president and CEO of Education for Employment (EfE), remarked at the WEF conference in Jordan: “We are trying to get...

Education and Employment: Bridging the Divide (Part 1/2)

September 12, 2013

In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of unemployed young women are eight times that of men. This is the first of a two part series. After more than two years, economic issues raised during the Arab Uprisings are still lingering on government agendas. Along with governance and transparency...

Repairing the Neglect of Workforce Development in the MENA Region

April 29, 2013

Jean AbiNader analyzes the newest World Bank report on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The World Bank has issued its fourth volume in the series Jobs for Shared Prosperity – Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa. Well over 300 pages, the study provides...