Arab Knowledge Report 2009

28 Oct 2009

Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge

The Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge discusses factors that promote and/or impede knowledge in the Arab region in addition to identifying the level of development it has achieved in the knowledge related fields of education, ICT, and research and innovation.


The concept of "knowledge" sanctioned in the Report embraces all forms of a society's epistemological, scientific and cultural assets. Hence, knowledge becomesa major organising principal of holistic human development that aims to expand opportunities available to the individual Arab to enjoy freedom and an honourable life. Knowledge, in terms of its acquisition, production, indigenisation, and deployment, thus becomes a tool and a goal whose influence ought to reach all levels of society equally and involve all knowledge fields, including the scientific, artistic, cultural, and accumulative societal heritage.


From this pespective, the Report discusses the broad features and key components of the knowledge society and the knowledge economy. It reviews and analyses recent developments in the state of knowledge in the Arab region identifying the gap that divides it from both the advanced world and certain developing countries that have made progress in the production and deployment of knowledge for development.


Table of Contents

  • Foreword and Table of Contents
  • Preamble
  • Chapter 1. Theoretical Framework: Concepts and Problematics of the Knowledge Society
  • Chapter 2. Arab Knowledge Performace Environments: Expanding Freedoms and Building Institutions
  • Chapter 3. Education and the Formation of Knowledge Capital
  • Chapter 4. Information and Communications Technologies in the Arab Countries: The Pillars and Tools of Knowledge
  • Chapter 5. Arab Performance in Research and Innovation
  • Chapter 6. Building the Knowledge Society in the Arab World: A Vision and a Plan
  • References
  • Statistical Annex
  • Annexes

Document Highlights

  • Chief among the reasons for the current Arab interest in establishing the knowledge society is the desire not to miss out on the anticipated effects of the knowledge revolution and to be alert to the roles it plays in generating progress, whether on the political, economic, or social level.
  • Knowledge is freedom, and as such a path that requires further honing of the creative mechanisms of human intelligence.
  • The Report frees itself from the purely economic perspective on knowledge and from the consequences of a technologically determinist viewpoint.
  • The Report defends the principle of intercommunication with the world while not neglecting its original starting point of intercommunication with the self.
  • The literature on human rights places the discourse of the knowledge society at the heart of the calls for political modernisation.
  • Continued poverty and social marginalisation exacerbate the shortcomings in the enabling environment of the desired knowledge society.
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