Sustaining Gains in Poverty Reduction and Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa
This is the first comprehensive assessment of pension systems in the Middle East and North Africa. While other regions—Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, in particular—have been actively introducing reforms to their pension systems, Middle East and North African countries have lagged behind. This is explained, in part, by the common belief that, because demographics remain favorable—the countries are young and the labor force is expanding rapidly—financial problems are far in the future; as a result, pension reform does not have to be a priority in the broader policy agenda.
O R I E N TAT I O N S I N D E V E LO P M E N T S E R I E S Sustaining Gains in Poverty Reduction and Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa Farrukh Iqbal