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Can the Madrid Plan on Ageing (MIPPA) Current Review Benefit the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region?

A recent blog by Mohamed Ismail discusses potential opportunities for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in relation to the current Madrid Plan on Ageing (MIPPA) review.

This is the fourth review of MIPPA, which was signed in April 2002 by over 150 governments and meant to address ageing challenges and get a global agreement to address these challenges within the social and economic developments and human rights frameworks.

Mohamed argues that this review offers a timely oppertunity where a fast ageing transition is swiping the MENA region, adding more challenges to the individuals and governments. While Europe and the USA had a gradual change towards ageing, allowing them time to adapt both health care and pension systems, the transition in the MENA region is predicted to be fast, making it even more challenging. Therefore, the current MIPPA review is an opportunity for the governments to review and re-evaluate their preparation.

Read the full post on the University of Oxford website:


Director of Analytical Research Ltd, and Affiliate Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Mohamed is trained in engineering (MEng – Cairo University), computer science (MSc – Cairo University) and mathematical finance (MSc – CASS Business School, University of London). Mohamed started his career in in the City of London in 1990s, working as a quantitative analyst for leading global financial organisations, such as Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Mizuho and Credit Suisse, before he began to shift his focus onto quantitative social research. Since 2009, he has worked as an independent researcher in the field of social sciences with a particular drive to make use of different statistical and mathematical modelling techniques for the analysis of large and multi-dispersed data sets.

He has worked with universities in the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East; publishing a number of peer-reviewed articles. He has also been invited to give talks and presentations at several leading universities and organisations. His current research interests focus on exploring the potential role of mathematical dynamical systems in the field of population ageing across health and social care. Mohamed is the Director of Analytical Research ltd and an affiliate at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford.