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Open Society Youth Fellowship

Essay Competition: Rural Development Strategies in the MENA Region

If you are currently a student enrolled in a university from a MENA country and are between 21 and 29 years old, speak out on the strategies for a better rural Development in the MENA region: What does the future hold for the rural areas in the MENA region? How can they face climate change? Which role can youth have?

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How Innovative Young Africans are Fixing a Broken Education System

Illiteracy rates in West Africa were the highest in the world in 2009, but as recently as 2013 the World Bank reported that things were turning around. Across the region, many more children, especially girls, were enrolling in primary school.

Less Politics, More Economics: Getting Real About Rural Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

In recent weeks, unprecedented acts of cruelty and violence have dominated world headlines in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries where we work, including Tunisia[i] and Yemen.[ii]  While politics and religion are dissected as drivers of terrorism, the underlying economic cause and effect seems to receive far less attention and debate.[iii] For MENA’s youth, the reality is that economics