Triggering change in the GCC through behavioral insights
In the past few years, the term, “behavioral insights” has been used more widely to describe a new approach to policy design.

Behavioral science incorporates insights from economics, psychology, sociology, and neurology to understand what makes people tick, and on this basis, it launches interventions that improve their responsiveness to public policies, without restricting their freedom of choice

Empowering the GCC digital workforce
Strategy& together with LinkedIn analyzed the GCC digital job market and found that there are too few digital professionals, their skills are insufficient, and most are expatriates. GCC governments should partner with technology players, educational institutions, the private sector, and entrepreneurs to launch initiatives that grow the digital job market.
Inforgraphic: The dynamics of the digital job market in the GCC
Strategy& together with LinkedIn analyzed the GCC digital job market and found that there are too few digital professionals, their skills are insufficient, and most are expatriates. GCC governments should partner with technology players, educational institutions, the private sector, and entrepreneurs to launch initiatives that grow the digital job market.
From traditional to impact philanthropy: Creating a legacy for GCC family businesses
GCC countries should take a differentiated approach to the sharing economy to balance its rewards and risks, based on each country’s socioeconomic priorities. They need a clear operating, legal, and tax framework for each sharing economy sector. Taking into account its cross-sectoral implications will facilitate the development of local and regional platforms within national digitization plans.
From traditional to impact philanthropy: Creating a legacy for GCC family businesses
GCC family philanthropies could maximize the impact of their charitable giving and create a legacy of philanthropy around their family by adopting a more modern approach like leading global family-owned philanthropic institutions. To do so, they will need to institutionalize their philanthropic involvement, introduce innovative financing tools, and implement impact measurement.
GCC governments need to strengthen their consumer protection policies. The task is magnified by the rise of e-commerce and the sharing ...
Private-sector participation in the GCC: Building foundations for success
The governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have decided to change their economic development model. The state-led approach which relied upon natural resources successfully raised incomes from developing...
Safeguarding children in the GCC: A framework for the education sector
For quality learning to take place at the primary and secondary school levels, countries need to have robust protection frameworks for children. Children, society’s most vulnerable members, need to...
Executives in the GCC are excited by digital. They recognize its benefits, such as stronger customer orientation and increased efficiency.
How GCC companies can become global competitors
Following a period of growth, globally and locally, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) companies must now focus on capabilities if they want to maintain their growth and improve their positioning.
Drilling for New Sources of Growth
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council recognize the urgent need to diversify their economies away from dependence on oil and gas. As diversification is complex, they should keep in mind three key principles: upgrading local enterprises to be world-class, leapfrogging to advanced digitization, and building a skilled labor force.
Fit for Service government
GCC governments must articulate strategy; transform government services’ cost structure; build the necessary capabilities; and reorganize government’s operating model. This is enabled by digital transformation and national talent development.
Why are 4 billion people without the internet?
Three obstacles to extending the reach of the Web — and thereby reducing poverty in developing countries — can be fixed.
Achieving universal Internet access requires changes in the three interdependent markets that make the Internet work.
How to Use Cybersecurity to Gain a Competitive Advantage
The security of barriers is based not just on keeping people out, but on watching people who come in. For further insights, read “Safety in the Cloud.”
The new paradigm for telecoms
The telecommunications industry has enabled its business customers to digitize their activities, but has lagged in its own efforts to move in the same direction. If telecom operators are to catch up, they must radically lower their networking costs, simplify their product offerings, and devise better customer experiences. Then they must settle on their digital strategy and develop a much wider range of digital services. Finally, they need to engage more fully in the ongoing consolidation of their industry.
Will You Be Mine in the Digital World?
As they look to enhance digital capabilities through mergers and acquisitions, traditional companies have to heed a new set of dating rules.
Surviving disaster
Political stability and safety are prerequisites for tourism, which is why countries must make plans to recover their reputations after incidents of political unrest. Countries need crisis management and perception management. Once a negative event occurs, countries should incentivize tourism, whether from domestic or international sources. Countries should also develop crisis-immune tourism products.
Products first
Telecom companies face increased competition and rising network costs, which are reducing their gross earnings. Instead of responding with cost-cutting, they should undertake a comprehensive product profitability and simplification exercise. At that point they can restructure market-facing and back-end operations and infrastructure, which will lay the foundations for improved profitability.
Leveraging an untapped talent pool
GCC family businesses can leverage a critical source of competitive advantage: the women of the family. Business leaders and governments should encourage the region’s high level of female education and training, the gradual growth in women’s labour participation and entrepreneurship, and women’s involvement in family firms’ governance and succession plans.
Rethinking ICT regulation
The digital revolution is questioning existing regulatory frameworks and forcing regulators to respond. Regulators have to grapple with these disruptive forces in a manner that will foster both innovation and fairness. The three key areas for regulators to look at, and that require a focus on digitization, are market efficiency, scarcity management, and safeguarding customer welfare.
Harnessing the power of public-private partnerships in healthcare
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can use public-private partnerships as a means of managing rising healthcare costs, as a mechanism to enhance the capabilities of the healthcare system, and as part of a program of systemic transformation of the sector.
Generations A
A critical element missing in the discussion of changes in Arab countries is a generational perspective. This survey and study allows policymakers and business leaders to take advantage of this valuable generational approach to framing social, economic, and employment policy.
Listening to students’ voices
Bringing the GCC’s education system in line with the needs of the employment market requires governments to engage numerous stakeholders including local authorities, schools, and the private sector. However, governments must also include students themselves, a group often overlooked in the reform process.
The rise of corporate social responsibility
Sustainable development is critical for the MENA region’s long-term prosperity and stability. Companies can play a key role in this effort by contributing to the broader improvement of their societies through corporate social responsibility initiatives that align with national development objectives.
Empowering the third billion
Countries that take steps to empower women as employees and entrepreneurs can reap social and economic benefits. This report ranks 128 countries based on their track record in enabling women to play a substantial role in the global economy.
Understanding the Arab Digital Generation
Innovation is the key to building a resilient economy. It encourages enterprise, which in turn contributes to economic growth. In developed countries, strong innovation cultures foster an environment that takes ideas from creative spark to commercial launch.
Coherent linkages
GCC countries recognize the need for innovation as the main catalyst for achieving sustainable economic growth through economic diversification. Instituting a national model that establishes coherent linkages in an innovation system is the best way forward.
Partnerships for transformation
With the GCC set to spend billions of dollars on development projects, public-private partnerships (PPPs) offer a useful financing and development mechanism. However, to derive the full benefit from PPPs, GCC states will need to adopt a customized approach.
The bedrock of society
The middle class is often the catalyst for positive socioeconomic change in developing countries. In the MENA region, there is a dire need for change, which can be effected via a set of economic, social, and political policies aimed at developing a large, dynamic, and sustainable middle class.
Youth in GCC countries
A Strategy& survey of young people in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates shows that a universal, all-encompassing effort in five areas — education, employment, the gender gap, leisure, and community service — is needed to ensure that the countries of the GCC reap their demographic dividend.