World Bank: Distributional Impacts of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa Region

World Bank: Distributional Impacts of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa Region. “A new report, titled Distributional Impacts of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa Region, asks: How does COVID-19 affect the welfare of individuals and households in MENA, and what are the key issues that policy makers should focus on to enable a quick and sustained economic convalescence?… The report’s findings suggest a substantial rise in poverty, greater inequality, the emergence of a group of “new poor” (those who were not poor in the first quarter of 2020 but have become poor since), and changes in the labor market (notably how hard people work and how many people work).”

Variety: Database for MENA and South Asian Creatives Launched By MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety: Database for MENA and South Asian Creatives Launched By MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE). “In an effort to strengthen the representation of MENA [Middle East and North Africa] and South Asian talent in the entertainment industry, the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (MAAC) launched a global online database on Tuesday. The database will connect emerging and established talent from these regions to film productions, studios, hiring managers and casting starting today…”

Phys .org: Database relaunch to help protect endangered maritime archaeology

Phys.org: Database relaunch to help protect endangered maritime archaeology. “The MarEA (Maritime Endangered Archaeology) database project, led by the University of Southampton with the University of Ulster, works in partnership with EAMENA (Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa) who house the site at the University of Oxford. The database allows researchers to document, explore and analyze data on places of cultural heritage and the dangers they face in coastal and marine environments in the MENA region.”