Support for the Arab Human Development Reports
The Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) series has become a milestone in the broader debate over the
development reform agenda in the Arab region, with AHDR recommendations increasingly reflected in
development programming at the national and regional levels. The pioneering first AHDR, issued in 2002,
identified three critical development deficits - in the acquisition of knowledge, in political freedoms
and in women's rights.
To further encourage the development of AHDR-informed programming at the national-level, the Arab Human
Development Report Trust Fund was established in 2003 with contributions from Denmark and the United
At Present, national AHDR projects are carried out in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Somalia, Syria
and Morocco. Development programming in the 17 UNDP Country Offices
(COs) in the Arab region have been aligning to address these deficits in line with the national
development agendas and UNDP's mandate of poverty alleviation
[http://www.undp.org/poverty/] and the
[Millennium Development Goals
http://www.undp.org/mdg/ ] (MDGs).
At the Regional level, the Regional Bureau for Arab States
launched a number of regional programmes aimed to establish sustainable initiatives, benchmarks and
institutions to address the three deficits.
In the area of knowledge, the regional programmes promote information and communication technology
for development (http://www.ictdar.org ICTD),
enhance educational quality assurance at the primary,
secondary and higher education levels, and support longer-term capacity building in the region through
the establishment of regional mechanisms.
The governance programme advances four pillars of good governance practice: (1) Rule of Law; (2)
Transparency and Accountability; (3) Participation; and (4) Human Rights.
In the area of women's empowerment the HIV/AIDS Programme launched a Regional Women Religious Leaders
Forum that culminated in the Tripoli Declaration and the Center for Arab Women's Training and Research
(CAWTAR), originally supported as a joint project of UNDP, AGFUND
[http://www.agfund.org], and later
the World Bank, CAWTAR has produced Arab Women Development Reports since 2001.