Launch of the Arab Development Portal

ADP

Date: Monday, 25 April 2016 – registration starts at 08:00 a.m.
Place
: Le Méridien Hotel, Shmeisani, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

The Arab Development Portal (ADP) is an  initiative  of  the  Coordination  Group  of  Arab, National and Regional Development Institutions (CG), the Islamic Development Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) developed in partnership with the UNDP. The initiative aims to enhance the knowledge of people on development in the Arab region.

Data and knowledge resources on development issues in the Arab World are often outdated, of irregular reliability, and fragmented across multiple international, regional and local sources. By having access to and effectively using knowledge resources, individuals, firms and communities can  improve  their  individual  and  collective  well‐being,  thereby  contributing  to sustainable development. At a time when the number of internet users in the Arab world is expected to reach 197 million by 2017, a penetration of over 51 percent up from 32 percent in 2012, investing in an open online platform offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on this unprecedented increase in internet activity.

Launch of the Arab Development Portal (ADP) - a one-stop-shop, bilingual (Arabic and English) online knowledge platform providing credible and timely data and information on development in the Arab region employing a unique and dynamic database and a rich depository of resources, currently covering eleven key development topics across all Arab countries.  ADP is a joint initiative between UNDP, the Coordination Group of Arab, National and Regional Development Institutions (CG), the Islamic Development Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

The Launch will include remarks from the main partners

Sima Bahous, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Arab States – UNDP

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director General, OPEC Fund for International Development – to be confirmed

The Launch will also feature discussions on open data, access to information, the Sustainable Development Goals, data journalism and partnerships. It will also highlight some of the leading regional platforms on innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
A detailed agenda is attached

Check out the Arab Development Portal: www.arabdevelopmentportal.com

For more information on the ADP or its launch event and to arrange for interviews, please contact:

Farah Choucair, Project Manager, Arab Development Portal, Regional Programme, UNDP  Email: farah.choucair@undp.org  Office Tel: + 961 (1) 981 640  Mobile: +961 3 918 672

Noeman AlSayyad, Regional Advisor Specialist, Regional Hub for Arab States in Amman, UNDP Email: noeman.alsayyad@undp.org  Office Tel: + 962 (6) 200 3138  Mobile: +962 (79) 567 2901