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Youth and Prospects for Human Development in the Arab World

December 12, 20177:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Debate and presentation of the results in the Report on Arab Human Development of 2016, published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in conjunction with its coordinators and experts.

Casa Árabe and the Real Instituto Elcano, with the cooperation of the Regional Office for Arab States of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are presenting the results of the latest report on Arab Human Development, titled “Arab Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality” in Madrid at a round table discussion on the challenges and opportunities of Arab youths within a context of change, political transformations and conflicts experienced throughout the region in recent years. 

Arab youths are the largest generation of youths to have existed in the Arab world over the last 50 years. 30% of the 370 million people living in Arab countries are between the ages of 15 and 29, and over 50% of the population is under 30 years old. Moreover, they are the best-prepared, most active generations of youths with the greatest connections to the rest of the world. The report also claims that they may also create major momentum for the development of these countries, while strengthening their stability and ensuring advancements in a sustainable way, if the necessary policies are implemented to give these youths a central role in defining their societies, at the political, social and economic levels.

The presentation will include participation by the report’s coordinator, Adel Abdellatif (UNDP) and one of the experts who took part in drafting the report, Nisreen Salti (American University of Beirut).

7:00 p.m.     Opening
Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe
Haizam Amirah Fernández, Head Researcher on the Mediterranean and Arab World, Real Instituto Elcano

7:30 p.m.     Presentations given by:
Nisreen Salti, an associate professor at the Economics Department of the American University of Beirut
Moderated by: Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator
Youth and Prospects for Human Development in the Arab World
Nisreen Salti
Associate professor at the American University of Beirut’s Department of Economics. Salti’s work has revolved around development economics and political economics, devoting her research mainly to topics of inequality, such as inequality in resources, access and outcomes, with special a focus on health-related matters. In her studies on inequality, she has shown a special interest in marginalized communities and refugees. She formed part of the main group of experts that drafted the Arab Human Development Report of 2016 and has had work published by a wide range of indexed journals. Among her most important publications, one could highlight: with A. El Zein, J. DeJong, A. Hanieh, H. Lackner and P. Fargues, “Who’s been left behind? Why sustainable development goals fail the Arab World,” The Lancet (2016); and “Natural-Resource Wealth: Elbow Grease or Fuel for Poverty?,” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics JITE (2011). She has a PhD in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University, where she was a research assistant and professor before taking on her current position.