UNDP signs deal with OPEC Development Fund to create 'Arab Development Portal'

19 Apr 2013

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Washington, D.C. – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) agreed today to create an innovative data-gathering prototype that will eventually provide online access to much needed development statistics in all 22 member countries of the League of Arab States.  
 
The Arab Development Portal will provide up-to-date, reliable and relevant data on development in countries across the Arab States region, providing Arab Governments with the information they need to make evidence-based investments in human development initiatives and policies.
 
“The Arab Development Portal comes at an important time,” said Sima Bahous, who heads UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States and represented UNDP at the signing ceremony.

“Progress towards sustainable human development is essential if the Arab region is to achieve the broader peace, security and inclusion that people and Governments in the region are striving for.”

The Arab Development Portal is funded by the Coordination Group of Arab National and Regional Development Funds, a coordinating body of three bilateral and six multilateral aid agencies in the Arab region. 
 
The target audience is not only policymakers but also private sector investors, analysts, development agencies and non-governmental organizations who make critical contributions to development policy.

The portal will include up-to-date statistics as well as blogs, discussion spaces, polling opportunities and platforms for real-time collaboration, all of which will help create a valuable online community dedicated to improving the lives of ordinary people in the Arab States region.