Global news coverage has deemed the Middle East and North Africa region synonymous with political instability and conflict. But another view of the region casts it as a development success story when development is measured by progress in health and education. CDPR Fellow Dr. Farrukh Iqbal shows that from 1970 to 2010, the region saw the world's fastest improvement in health and education outcomes. He explains how this happened and what cues South Asia can take from the Middle East experience.

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