Overview

What We Do

UNDP helps countries across the Arab region to build and share their own solutions to development challenges within UNDP’s four main focus areas: Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Democratic Governance, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and Environment and Sustainable Development. UNDP’s work also emphasizes the priority concerns of HIV/AIDS, gender equality, and the protection of human rights, while addressing as well the human development deficits identified by the first series of the Arab Human Development Report — in knowledge, freedom, and women’s empowerment.

Our Goals

UNDP’s activities in the Arab States region build on UNDP’s five thematic priorities, with additional emphasis placed on addressing the main impediments to human development in the region as identified by the Arab Human Development Report series, namely freedom and good governance, knowledge, and women’s empowerment. View More

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Building and Sharing Solutions

UNDP is a solution-oriented, knowledge-based development organization, supporting countries to reach their own development objectives and internationally agreed goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Our Stories

  • Nesrine prepared the soil with her own hands, dug out trenches and installed the greenhouses needed to launch her project. Photo: UNDP Tunisia.

    Encouraging and supporting youth employment in Tunisia
    Employment in Tunisia

    Nothing in Nesrine Berhouma’s destiny pointed to snail farming. Yet, at just 27 years old, this young Tunisian has courageously taken on a relatively novel activity.More

  • Yahia Yousef al-Deques at a vocational training programme supported by UNDP. Photo: Salah Malkawi/UNDP

    Jordan – Supporting Youth Employment
    Poverty in Jordan

    Yahia Yousef al-Deques looks to the future with confidence. At eighteen years old, he has just completed a month of on-the-job training with electronics company LG.More

  • A young Palestinian woman learns about the finer points of democratic governance at a UNDP-supported training session. Photo: UNDP/PAPP and Sharek Youth Forum

    Young Palestinians prepare for politics
    Crisis Prevention & Recovery

    When young people, particularly young men feel excluded and are unable to have a say in the way their communities are run, the likelihood of politicalMore

Regional Projects and Initiatives

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UNDP’s Resilience-Based Response to the Regional Syrian Crisis

Responding to the multiple dimensions of the crisis will enable communities to improve their capacity to absorb the shock of this and future catastrophes - that is, to regain and enhance their resilience. In Syria and in host communities in neighbouring countries, UNDP is working with affected households and communities to address the immediate needs, while also laying the building blocks for medium- and long-term recovery and development. More

Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (ACIAC)

Qatar and UNDP signed an agreement specifying the financial contributions Qatar will make to UNDP’s "Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries" (ACIAC) project – an initiative that brings together multiple stakeholders in the region, including governments, civil society organizations, businesses and international development partners, to take collective action against corruption. More

The Programme on Governance in the Arab Region (POGAR)

The Programme on Governance in the Arab Region -POGAR- supported key regional and national governance institutions to address governance needs and concerns, with the aim of enhancing good governance practice and governance reform in the Arab world. POGAR’s activities ranged from promoting policy dialogue and creating strategic partnerships, to capacity building and knowledge sharing among government officials, civil society organizations, academics and donor agencies. More

Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS)

The goal of the Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS) is to improve the effective use and management of scarce water resources in Arab countries. It aims at supporting the achievements of the MDG 7 particularly with respect to improved water supply and sanitation, by promoting an integrated approach to water resources management in the Arab Region. The WGP-AS acts as a catalyst for effective water governance in the region. More

Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI)

The objective ACRI is to support and build resolve among national partners and regional stakeholders to formulate integrated, cross-sectoral and regional responses to the challenges of climate change and to facilitate practical and cooperative adaptation to ongoing and future impacts, whilst furthering gains in human development in the Arab countries. More

The Arab Youth Volunteering fo Better Future Programme

This regional initiative aims to harness the power and energy of youth through volunteerism, drawing on the inherent core values of self-help, solidarity and social cohesion. The programme will strengthen the infrastructure necessary to build the skills and capacities of youth in the region. It will thereby enhance their social inclusion and active participation in the socio-economic development of their countries. The programme is implemented in five countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. More

Video: Economic Empowerment for the Poor in Gaza

The video highlights how UNDP's economic empowerment programme DEEP helped a Palestinian family in Gaza rebuild its life and overcome poverty.

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Rethinking Economic Growth
Rethinking Economic Growth: Towards Productive and Inclusive Arab Societies

The report examines Arab labour market trends and structures over the two decades leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011, offering insights into the underlying causes for the uprisings that have since spread from Tunisia across the Arab world.

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