Farah Al Shami, Senior Fellow and Social Protection
Program Director at the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)

This article was initially published as part of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Feminist Economics Blog.

Despite the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s announcement of its Strategy Towards Gender Mainstreaming a year ago, and the World Bank’s Gender Strategy 2016-2023 expiring two months ago, Arab governments continue to allocate only 4.6% of their GDP to social protection and a mere 3.2% to healthcare. These figures are significantly lower than the (miserly) global averages of 12.9% and 5.8%, respectively.

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