The Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) have championed the creation and dissemination of people-centered development knowledge and ideas throughout the region since 2002. AHDR recommendations have increasingly been reflected in development projects and in UNDP programming in the Arab States region, at the national and regional levels.
“Part of the reason for that impact stems from the fact that the Reports’ central thesis—that reform is necessary and that sustainable change can only come from within— has the authority of having been written about the region by a team of independent Arab scholars, policy analysts, and practitioners from the region.”Helen Clark, Former UNDP Administrator, 2009
The six Arab Human Development Reports (AHDR) published so far are centered around the following themes:
“This Report… calls for the temporary adoption of the principle of affirmative action or positive discrimination in expanding the participation of women to all fields of human activity in every Arab society according to the particular circumstances of each.” – Arab Human Development Report 2005
“Although age distribution is only one demographic variable in the complexities of social and political life, the large presence of youth in Arab countries is a crucial reality conditioning the region’s political, economic, social and cultural development” – Arab Human Development Report 2016