Knowledge Economy: Strategies and Policies in Lebanon and the Arab World

The Future of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Arab Region: How Complementarity among Arab Countries Can Achieve the UN SDGs (2017)

The main objective of this work was to develop an analytical report on the role of innovation and technology in entrepreneurship/start-ups for fostering economic development in the Arab region and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report highlights the status of entrepreneurs and start-ups in innovation and technology sectors in Arab countries, analyzes challenges and gaps, and identifies mechanisms to overcome them.

It showcases success stories and case studies from selected developing countries from the Arab region (Lebanon, Morocco and Oman) and around the world to share knowledge on best practices. The report essentially tackles the role of the government in setting a regulatory framework, policies, and laws that are conducive to innovation and technology uptake in the start-up ecosystem. Additionally, the report provides a set of recommendations targeting the public sector, private sector, and civil society on mechanisms to overcome barriers and promote innovation and technology for the SDGs.

National Innovation System in Lebanon (ESCWA): A System Approach for Gap Analysis and Preliminary Recommendations (2016)

The National Innovation System in Lebanon (NIS-Lebanon) project was launched by ESCWA and aimed to enhance the national innovation system capacity in the beneficiaries’ countries (Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman) through updating the related policies and establishing a National Technology Development and Transfer Systems.