The report on “Rethinking Fiscal Policy in the Arab Region” asks whether or not current fiscal policies in the Arab region are up to the task of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It finds that the answer is mostly no—at least not yet. Many countries are lagging behind in connecting fiscal policy and development aims.
Although the reasons vary across different national contexts, in general, a course correction is required in terms of economic reforms, social investments and the quality of governance. This report builds on the understanding that fiscal policy is crucial to economic reforms and social investments required to attain more inclusive and sustainable development.