Publications

A green recovery for a more resilient MENA region - Youth perspective on energy, climate & mobility

Limiting global warming, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and adapting to fast changing realities are priorities for the majority of states worldwide. Achieving these goals requires changing the way we produce and live: water, food, buildings, transportation, and global trade, among other dimensions. Building resilience while tackling climate change impact is essential for an effective recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Main components of this effort include restructuring a better and more resilient energy sector, abandoning fossil fuel systems, and prioritizing renewable energy, battery technologies, green hydrogen, energy efficiency, and carbon capture. All of these measures are key parts of global green economic recovery programs, e.g. in South Korea, the EU, and Germany.


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The risks and opportunities of green hydrogen production and export from the MENA region to Europe

The MENA region is blessed with some of the world's best solar and wind resources, allowing a high combined capacity factor for solar photovoltaic and wind, which is crucial to achieving very low prices to produce green hydrogen. A regional partnership between Europe and the MENA region offers an obvious win-win situation: the production of green hydrogen in MENA will support local industrial and social-economic development with many new jobs. With Europe's zero emissions goal by 2050 becoming national law in all countries, potential off-takers are already lined up: among others the steel or heavy transport industries are evaluating where to source in the mid-and long term the big amounts of green molecules through market mechanisms.


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Electric bus in MENA

This policy paper aims to highlight the need for a "systems approach" regarding the deployment of electric buses. The objective is to support decision makers in MENA with the necessary knowledge, tools and frameworks to implement necessary policies to ensure successful electric bus deployment. In line with global climate and emission objectives, electric buses must be part of a broader low or zero emission mobility strategy with public transport at its core, also including non-motorized transport components such as walking and cycling. Authorities and operators must adopt a systems approach prior to e-bus deployment to understand the new technology and its components as well as the role of new stakeholders to ensure its success.


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27.01.2021

The current faces of Arab feminism

It was young Arab women who mainly drove the events that led to the so-called Arab Spring. They demanded socioeconomic justice and mobilised protesters. On the frontlines, they paid the highest price for their activism, risking rape, imprisonment and even death – by marching. They built cross-regional solidarities, graffitied, tweeted, blogged, facebooked and instagramed.


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27.01.2021

Care work and the Pandemic - Policy Brief

The feminization, invisibilization, and undervaluation of care work are three factors that contribute in major ways to the precarity of women’s lives and livelihoods. In order to counter the essentialization and limiting of gender roles that reproduce inequalities between men and women, we must advocate for fair policies that seek to challenge the rigid division between the "public" and "private" spheres.


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27.01.2021

Care work and the Pandemic - Issue Brief

Having internalized patriarchal and exploitative capitalist assumptions that render care work invisible, studies have unfortunately not considered the importance of care work and its impact on the MENA region’s economy.


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22.01.2021

Feminist Perspectives on the Digital Economy in the MENA Region

The positive changes that came about as a result of advancements in digital technologies are not benefiting everyone equally.


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22.01.2021

Feminist Perspectives on the Green Economy in the MENA Region

Research shows that the transition to a green economy will boost job creation; the global net job creation, considering losses from traditional energy sectors, will amount to 24 million jobs according to the ILO.


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A Return to Diplomacy

A Joe Biden administration would likely make an early diplomatic push to ease tensions with Iran. Biden has said he favors the United States rejoining the nuclear deal if Iran also returns to full compliance. in that case, Tehran demands reliable sanctions relief and compensation for the economic fall-out of U.S. sanctions. During the U.S. transition, Europe would need to shift quickly from trying to save the nuclear deal to forging a new transatlantic approach to Tehran, helping kickstart U.S.- Iranian negotiations. To immediately de-escalate tensions, Iran and the United States could pursue a phased approach, pushing more complex issues to a later date.


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To tackle the security challenges in the Maghreb: Focus on regional development!

Today, the Greater Maghreb is a geographical, social and ethnic reality. But, at the same time, it is also a denial of a political and economic reality. Composed of five states - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania - the region is a bridge between Northwest Africa and Europe and therefore is perceived as a transit zone for illegal migration, drug trafficking and terrorism to enter the European Union (EU). Thus, EU members often regard the Greater Maghreb as a threat, which has severe consequences in regard to support mechanisms for the region.


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Our FES experts, partners and guest contributors from Rabat to Teheran and from Beirut to Khartoum will share their insights from the ground and offer food for thought as we jointly attempt to understand the repercussions of the protests started in this region 10 years ago. More

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