July is all about development in the pita-consuming region. PITAPOLICY announced that it will be ATTENDING the first C3 Summit as a Blogger. From September 13th to the 14th, the C3Summitt will convene 11 panels on Arab Business and Development in New York. President Bill Clinton will deliver the Keynote Address for this U.S.-Arab Global event. Pita-consumers are invited to review and register, since Hazami Barmada, Founder of Al Mubadarah (Arab Empowerment Initiative)–and a PITAPOLICY supporter–has been invited to speak! On that note, Al Mubadarah aka Arab Empowerment Initiative will host its first Networker Iftar and is EXCITED to present Dr. Nadereh Chamlou, the World Bank’s Senior Adviser to the Chief Economist of the MENA region.
Here are reasons to attend Al Mubadarah’s August 1st Event:
- Networking Location is easy for DCers and Virginians
- World Bank Snr Advisor to Chief Economist of MENA Region, Nadereh Chamlou is the special guest.
- Although PITAPOLICY Consulting is a partner, ALL Proceeds go towards the nonprofit المُبادرة العربية * Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative
Here are some issues to consider in the pita-consuming region:
- Education: Turkey is the strongest performer in the match scores across income level among MENA countries, and approximately near Thailand’s and Romania’s performance, according to 2007 data.
- Education: In Pakistan, only half third-graders could respond to basic multiplication questions.
- Gender Equity: Ironically, areas where girls receive less schooling than boys (Morocco, Afghanistan, & Pakistan, and rural areas in other Arab countries as well as Iran) girl’s schooling improves more by engaging directly with the families than with the educational system. The study show significantly higher female participation rate with ‘demand-side interventions’, which means, providing school vouchers produces more impact than building more schools for girls.
- Employment: In 2010, The International Finance Corporation partnered with the Islamic Development Bank to address the need for Education for Employment for Youth in the Arab World.
- Science/Knowledge Sharing: Arab League Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization participated in a “South-South” where Colombia visited Morocco and vice versa to learn about better ways to carry out higher learning exams at the university level.
First Post: Tech Crunch published “The Arab World Has Tech Talent To Sustain It Beyond The Clones” by Mehrunisa Qayyum, founder of PITAPOLICY and Huffington Post Blogger. On that note, don’t forget to check out tech entrepreneurs survey!
Second Post: #MENAsocent: First DC-MENA Tweetup=#Success
Third Post: Prospects for Development After Elections
Fourth Post: Prospects for Development: An Exercise in Patience