The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) invite you to our new series of online debates that will take place every Tuesday from 22nd of September until 13th of October, 15:00-16.30 (CEST, more details below). In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of how international partners can best support MENA countries and the region as a whole in addressing questions of social and economic justice has become more urgent.
In this online debate series, FES and DIE invite experts to discuss the role of IFIs and the EU in a post-COVID19 MENA region, the possibility of a new social contract as well as protest potentials within the MENA region: How can international development partners best support MENA countries in their recoveries from the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges to socio-economic justice? Are the adjusted priorities and new strategies and instruments launched by the World Bank, the EU and Germany targeting the right areas? Do they provide support for socio-economic justice in MENA countries? And what potentials for social mobilisation remain in the region, 10 years after the events of the Arab Spring?
To discuss these and further questions with us via Zoom, please register for the individual sessions.
1. Arsonists as firefighters? Financial crisis in post-COVID MENA and the role of IFIs
22. September 2020, 09:00-10:30 (NYC, Washington, DC) / 14:00-15:30 CET (Algier, Tunis, Rabat) / 15:00-16:30 CEST/EET (Berlin, Brussels, Cairo) / 16:00-17:30 EEST (Amman, Beirut)
Introduction to debates series and presentation of FES IFIs study:
Thomas Claes, Project Director „Economic Policies for Social Justice”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Hoda Youssef, Senior Economist, World Bank
Amr Adly, Assistant Professor, American University Cairo
Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo
moderated by Amirah El Haddad, DIE / Thomas Claes, FES
2. Economic reforms as an opportunity: A post-COVID social contract for the region?
29 September 2020, 09:00-10:30 (NYC, Washington DC) / 14:00-15:30 CET (Algier, Tunis, Rabat) / 15:00-16:30 CEST/EET (Berlin, Brussels, Cairo) / 16:00-17:30 EEST (Amman, Beirut)
Mustapha Nabli, Independent Consultant and CEO, North Africa Bureau of Economic Studies, former Governor, Central Bank of Tunisia
Ayat Soliman, MENA Regional Director for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Hans Frühauf, MENA Regional Director, GIZ
moderated by Markus Loewe, DIE / Henrik Meyer, FES
3. Protest potentials in post-COVID Mena: A third wave of the Arab Spring?
6 October 2020, 09:00-10:30 (NYC, Washington, DC) / 14:00-15:30 CET (Algier, Tunis, Rabat) / 15:00-16:30 CEST/EET (Berlin, Brussels, Cairo) / 16:00-17:30 EEST (Amman, Beirut)
Rima Majed, Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut
Amel Boubekeur, Visiting Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Irene Weipert-Fenner, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
moderated by Jannis Julien Grimm, FES / Annabelle Houdret, DIE
4. Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it: Europe’s role in post-COVID MENA
13 October 2020, 09:00-10:30 (NYC, Washington, DC) / 14:00-15:30 CET (Algier, Tunis, Rabat) / 15:00-16:30 CEST/EET (Berlin, Brussels, Cairo) / 16:00-17:30 EEST (Amman, Beirut)
Ibrahim Saif, CEO, Jordan Strategy Forum / Former Minister for Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan
Dania Koleilat Khatib, Director, Research Center for Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, EU Ambassador to the Palestinian Territories
moderated by Mark Furness, DIE / Thomas Claes, FES
Please note: During the event photos and/or videos will be taken which may be published in various media for the purposes of documentation and PR-activities. You have the right at any time to point out to the photographer or videographer that you do not want to be photographed or filmed.