Democratic governance and peacebuilding

The Arab States region is going through an historic moment of change that is taking different forms and shapes in pursuit of expanding democratic space. Several countries have already taken concrete steps to address this transformation with very different outcomes and results, including first free and fair elections with increased women participation, and initial steps towards constitutional and legal reforms. UNDP supports Arab countries across the region as they work on building inclusive societies and sustaining peace through good governance and conflict prevention interventions tailored to address today’s development challenges in individual country contexts.

Our Goals

UNDP works in the Arab States with governments, the private sector and civil society to support these processes of change, strengthening the capacity of institutions and individuals to protect human rights, enhance social cohesion and expand public space for dialogue between governments and citizens. More

UNDP backed the My Voice for Her campaign in Libya, which encouraged 1.3 million women to register to vote in 2012 elections. UNDP supports 1 in 3 parliaments in the developing world and an election every 2 weeks.

Our Stories

ALgeria
Nearly 300 elected women in five pilot provinces received training from international experts in 2015. Photo credit: K. Meyer-Seipp/UNDP Algeria

A future in politics for women in Algeria

Yasmina is a lawyer by training, but after she got married, it took a lot of courage for her to step out of her housewife statusmore 

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Photo caption: © AMISOM

Female police officers call for more involvement in the Somali Police Force

At least forty female officers from the Somali Police Force (SPF) completed a seminar this week to assess the needs of female officers, with the viewmore 

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Lebanese singer Sandy Chamoun performs with her band at an arts festival in the Shatila refguee camp. Photo: UNDP Lebanon.

Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict

“Even though she is in pain, she’s still dancing!” Ma’ammar El Jasem says, standing proudly next to his creation: a ballerina wrapped in metal wires. Atmore 

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Syrian actress Dima Kandaleft talks to health workers as part of an advocacy campaign supported by the Global Fund in Syria to reduce social stigma

Addressing HIV/AIDS in the midst of a crisis

At 450, the number of people living with HIV in Syria is small. But the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS is enormous. In an age of advancedmore 

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Project & Initiatives

  • Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (ACIAC)

    Qatar and UNDP signed an agreement specifying the financial contributions Qatar will make to UNDP’s "Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries" (ACIAC) project – an initiative that brings together multiple stakeholders in the region, including governments, civil society organizations, businesses and international development partners, to take collective action against corruption.more