MENASourceMar 16, 2023
I was once denied an education in Iraq. This is why the Taliban’s prohibition on female education matters.
By Nibras Basitkey
As an Iraqi refugee who understands the importance of education, I recognize that achieving gender parity in education is critical for Afghanistan’s long-term economic growth and prosperity.
MENASourceMar 2, 2023
Meyce Alauddin: The WIn fellowship ‘helped and empowered me’
By Meyce Alauddin
'As a Saudi female entrepreneur running a business in the MENA region for over eight years, I have seen the evolution in overall participation and business processes firsthand.'
Event RecapDec 12, 2022
Societal norms in Saudi Arabia clearing the way for more women to start and lead businesses
By Nour Alhajjeh
On December 5, 2022 the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a panel event on the impact of societal norms and structures on women’s economic empowerment in Saudi Arabia.
MENASourceDec 2, 2022
Saudi Arabia lost at the 2022 World Cup. But its sports sector is winning.
By Lujain Alotaibi
The sports sector is one of the vital pillars of Saudi Vision 2030 and the Ministry of Sport’s dedication is tangible in Saudi Arabia, where one can witness the enhanced facilities and increased citizen participation in sports.
MENASourceNov 1, 2022
The startup industry is struggling. Here’s how founders can navigate the current funding environment.
By Mahmood Abdulla
Founders who can adapt to the current economic climate and survive long periods without their equivalent of food and water—VC funding—will be able to weather the current uncertainty.
AC SelectsOct 17, 2022
AC Selects: Addressing Jordan and Egypt’s economic challenges and China’s unprecedented third term presidency
Last week, Jordan’s Minister of Finance, Mohamad Al-Ississ and Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hala H. Elsaid sat down with the EmpowerME initiative to discuss challenges and potential areas of growth for their economic and financial sectors. The GeoEconomics Center and Global China hub hosted two panels of experts to examine the 20th […]
empowerME ConversationsOct 11, 2022
Economies in Transition: Middle East
By Atlantic Council
In Season 3, Episode 4 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host and Atlantic Council empowerME Chairman Amjad Ahmad speaks with International Monetary Fund's Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department Jihad Azour and guest co-host Atlantic Council's empowerME Director Racha Helwa to discuss the economy and market opportunities of the MENA region, women and youth empowerment, and the development of differing entrepreneurial ecosystems within the region.