MENA Countries Need Immediate Aid Against Crisis

The immediate and mid-term effects of the crisis on vulnerable groups in the Middle East and North Africa deserves more analysis and greater attention by policymakers, authors of a working paper published by the Overseas Development Institute said.

The authors, among them ODI program leaders, fellows and research officers, list policy implications, including the need for the international community to bridge funding gaps in the region and to address funding shortfalls for projects that target women, children and internally displaced persons.

The report, which was commissioned by UNICEF, also suggests that the response of international agencies and nonprofits to the region's crisis has been lacking. The authors note that this problem can be addressed by strengthening MENA's knowledge management systems.

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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.