The Council’s Governance and Development program promotes regional development and prosperity by working to identify solutions to the most pressing socioeconomic and governance challenges facing the MENA region.

The program conducts research to understand the underlying causes and consequences of these challenges; convenes meetings with leading thinkers, practitioners, and policymakers to develop viable policy solutions; and works with leading regional and international institutions to launch innovative programmatic initiatives.

The Governance and Development program currently focuses on the following themes:

Economic Development

Energy transition
Economic diversification
Climate change

Governance and Institutional Reform

Public sector reform
Public finance management
Post-conflict rebuilding

Social Policy and Inclusion

Social protection
Marginalized groups
Skills development