UNDP & Japan Strategic Partnership

A Partnership for growth, peace and stability

Over the past decades, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan have developed an important partnership, anchored in the belief that without peace, security and stability in the Arab region, the advancement of human well-being cannot be achieved.

In 2013, UNDP and the Government of Japan marked two decades of cooperation to promote development in Africa through the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD). Nine UNDP offices in the Arab region are located in Africa and have benefited from this partnership. more

Facts and Figures

In 2012 & 2013 Japan devoted US$80.43 million in resources to fund UNDP Projects in the Arab States. more

Focus Areas

  • Boosting economic growth

    Securing livelihoods and ensuring access to education and healthcare services have been at the centre of UNDP’s mission to reduce poverty around the world. In themore 

  • Building inclusive societies

    In the wake of the series of popular uprisings that have swept the Arab region over the past two years, UNDP responded to the urgent callmore 

  • Ensuring human security

    More than any other phenomenon, conflicts in the Arab region have stripped people, communities and countries of the choices they need to build better lives formore 

  • Managing resources for sustainability

    The Arab region is home to nine of the world’s ten most waterscarce countries. With the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastalmore 

Our Stories

Story from Jordan
Yousef El Mughrabi in his new job as Deputy Director of Ma'an Tourism. After a UNDP-supported training programme helped him secure an internship there, he distinguished himself and was offered a job. (Photo: UNDP Jordan)

Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

Like many other young students of his age in Jordan, Yousef El Mughrabi, 23, was full of dreams and plans for his future. Living in Ma’an,more 

Story from Palestine
A palestinian woman participates in a training. Photo: UNDP

In Gaza, first female mukhtarah mediates legal disputes

Um Mohammed broke the conservative tribal traditions of her community when she became one of Gaza strip’s first “Mukhtarah” – the female equivalent of Mukhtar, onemore 

peace building in Sudan
I am from South Kordofan: A community member participates in a peacebuilding drama group in Dilling, South Kordofan State in August 2012 (Photo credit: SUDIA).

Mobilizing efforts for peace in Sudan

In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcaremore 

safe water in Gaza
A 3,000 cubic metres water tank is now serving more than 50,000 residents of Rafah in the occupied Palestinian territory. (UNDP PAPP)

Provding safe water in Gaza

Rafah, occupied Palestinian territory—Water is scarce in the occupied Palestinian territory and present supplies barely meet the needs of the Palestinian people. Over 13 percent ofmore