The report entitled Rethinking Human Development in Arab Countries provides a regional reassessment of human development stylized facts, challenges and priorities facing the Arab region today. This ESCWA project uses the normative foundations of the capability approach, and draws attention to the following three newly identified human development deficits in the region: environmental sustainability, strong institutions and governance, and absence of conflict.
ESCWA is proposing additional pillars and indicators for an expanded human development index. The results will be presented in a report entitled Rethinking Human Development in Arab Countries and other background papers published with the report.
UNDP, Economic Research Forum, Cairo University and regional think tank institutions.
Building on the report’s main findings, ESCWA will hold a series of global and regional level consultations to discuss the findings with representatives from member States, academic institutions and regional think tanks. The project will also produce a dataset with country level information which will be updated on a regular basis along with follow up reports.
In addition to the report, background papers and other publications, ESCWA is organizing workshops, plans and other activities and initiatives to strengthen countries’ human development.