Digital Currencies and the Civic Sector in the MENA Region – Phase III

Innovation for Change Middle East and North Africa conducted the first phase (focusing on relatively open spaces in the region: Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, and Lebanon) and second phase (covering countries in closed spaces: Algeria, Egypt, Palestine, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries) assessments on Digital Currencies and the Civic Sector in the MENA Region. The third phase expands to map out the different literature and media resources available to study the identified variables of financial technology, specifically digital currencies, and blockchain technology, and its potential for civil society development in the three countries under focus: Syria, Libya, & Yemen. The main aim of this research is to draw an accurate quantitative view of the impact of cultural, macro, and socio-economic factors on the usage of digital currencies (specifically digital payments and blockchain technology) for the benefit of civil society and identify the differences in the impact of these factors in different countries.