About UNDP in the Arab States

The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) based in New York serves as the headquarters for UNDP regional programmes and country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th  located in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Bureau is headed by Ms. ٍSima Sami Bahous, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director.

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

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. Through its activities, the Bureau therefore seeks to promote and advance:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate Change and disaster resilience
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Knowledge societies
  • HIV and development
  • Energy and environment
  • Youth

Organizational Structure


The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) based in New York serves as the headquarters for UNDP regional programmes and country offices in 17 Arab countries, with the 18th located in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The activities of the Regional Programme Division revolve around three main pillars: (1) SDG Achievement; (2) Democratic Governance; and (3) Building a knowledge society.

The Arab Human Development Reports remain the advocacy vanguard of the regional programme, while youth has been identified as a cross-cutting issue to ensure that this constituency is mainstreamed as a beneficiary of and catalyst for the socio-economic advances targeted. 

UNDP Country Offices receive daily policy and administrative support from the Country Operations Division. The Country Operations Division works closely with UNDP Country Offices to ensure quality programming, results-based management applications, and effective resource mobilization strategies.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole.

The Regional Bureau for Arab States established the Regional Hub in Amman in 2015, to ensure effective, timely and responsive support tailored to the needs and priorities of its Country Offices.

The Hub is able to quickly mobilize support by connecting UNDP country offices and national partners to UNDP’s global network of development experts – both inside and outside the organization, and to United Nations specialized agencies.

Who are the decision makers?


The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme is the highest United Nations official and the chief of UNDP in Country Offices across the Arab States. The Resident Representative delegates authority to the Country Director. Decisions in UNDP are made by the Management Group consisting of the Resident Representative, the Country Director, the Programme Manager and the Operations Manager.

How many are we?

Country

Contract Type

UNDP Staff       

Service Contract

UN
Volunteers    

Total    

Algeria

21

7

 

28

Bahrain

13

1

 

14

Djibouti
24 7

 

31

Egypt

56

 

1

57

Iraq

33

1

 

34

Jordan

27

2

 

29

Kuwait

21

2
 

23

Lebanon

23

15

 

38

Libya

20

5

 

25

Morocco 

23

 

 

23

Saudi Arabia

24

1  

25

Somalia

76

113

 

189

Sudan

144

 

 

144

Syria

23

 

 

23

Tunisia

18

2

 

20

United Arab Emirates

12

1

 

13

Yemen

37

 

 

37

Programe for  Palestinian People

73

168

23

264

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