Education is Key to Arab Development

Education is the Arab world's best weapon against poverty and militancy, Paul Salem of the Carnegie Middle East Center writes. The center's director is urging the Western world to prioritize education in its aid strategy for Arab countries to prevent the militant Islam from dominating in the region.

Salem says the Arab world is experiencing educational poverty. He suggests that the region's educational sector be renewed in order to address unemployment, income inequality and illiteracy.

International donors, Salem writes, should develop partnerships to increase educational support to the Arab world. He is urging European countries, which are leading donors to the Middle East, to encourage the new U.S. administration to make educational aid its top priority.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.