National development plans are vital for Arab countries, as they lay out specific strategies to achieve employment, economic growth, and economic diversification.
However, national development plans in the Arab region are usually badly structured and poorly implemented. A consensus on national priorities for each country and a commitment to implement them through a plan is the first step to realizing the 2030 Agenda in the region.
ESCWA supports member States to achieve their long-term development visions through integrated, strategic and better-coordinated development planning, to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth in the region.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, and UN country teams
League of Arab States
Civil society organizations and the private sector
ESCWA publishes research on improving the coordination of national development planning in the Arab region, and develops capacity-building programmes on regulatory reform and effective budgeting towards integrated planning. It also conducts training workshops on how integrative planning concepts can be used to achieve national targets and to integrate the SDGs into a country’s national plan.
ESCWA prepares material on integrative national development planning, including a toolkit on behavioral insights and strategic planning and guidelines on good planning practices. It also develops complementary planning tools for forecasting targets and determining policies, and builds the capacity of policymakers to design integrated and implementable national development policies.
ESCWA will launch an online National Development Planning Portal to support member States in sharing information and resources.