Regional Hub in Amman
UNDP engagement redefined
Sustainable Human Development involves a process of enlarging people’s choices by expanding their capabilities and opportunities in ways that are sustainable from the economic, social and environmental standpoints, benefiting the present without compromising the future.
More specifically, UNDP has defined its agenda for the future around three interconnected challenges:
- to invest in and amplify the positive momentum of expanded people’s voice and unprecedented participation, brought about by movements towards more inclusive and effective democratic governance across the globe, and access to new technologies and knowledge;
- to capitalize on this momentum to pursue economic growth and development pathways that can tackle the connected issues of poverty, inequality and exclusion, while ensuring environmental sustainability; and
- to put in place measures to build resilience to crises and prevent loss of development gains through reducing the likelihood of conflict, and mitigating the risks of natural disasters, including from climate change.
Responding to transition in the region
This new agenda positions UNDP very well to respond to the major transformations that the Arab States region has been undergoing since the beginning of the current decade. The dramatic push for democratic transition and various reform initiatives brought about by pressure from a youthful population that is better educated and connected via modern technology has opened new doors to more inclusive development and infused a new momentum for change to the better.
Yet the region still registers high levels of exclusion and inequality, within and between countries, and suffers serious regression in development gains in some countries, due to persistent and fast expanding conflicts and forced displacement, generating protracted crises.
Aligning support closer to development action
That is why, the Regional Bureau for Arab States established, in 2015, as part of UNDP’s global restructuring effort, its new Regional Hub in Amman, consolidating and expanding its presence in the region through redeploying a wider set of technical resources from Headquarters to the region. Our expanded technical support offerings to Country Offices ensures effective, timely and responsive support focused on UNDP’s realigned programme priorities and tailored to the emerging and changing needs and priorities in the region.
The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 sets out the direction for a new UNDP, optimized to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategic Plan describes how UNDP will better adapt to the range of country contexts in which we work, framed through:
(a) The three broad development settings to which our approach respond;
(b) A series of signature solutions that define the core work of UNDP;
(c) The two platforms through which we will deliver our work
(i) Country support platforms for the Sustainable Development Goals
(ii) A global development advisory and implementation services platform
(d) An improved business model to underpin our efforts
Message from the Hub Director
I am pleased to introduce UNDP’s new Regional Hub for the Arab States in Amman, Jordan, which expands and revitalizes our presence in the region, bringing our technical expertise and vital support functions closer to our country offices and helping us be more responsive to their immediate and changing needs.
The Regional Hub in Amman comes as part of UNDP’s global effort to become a more effective and efficient organization, fit for its purpose – to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
In the Arab States region, fulfilling this purpose requires improved and broader capabilities.
We must be able to support the many countries in the region undergoing major political transitions that are expanding voice and participation, but at times weakening State institutions and regenerating dormant societal divisions.
We must also find effective ways to help countries manage transitions peacefully and to anticipate and, where possible, prevent conflicts.
But, when such conflicts break out, as they have in our region with unprecedented vigour in recent years, we must be well positioned to help people, communities and institutions, cope, recover and strengthen their resilience in the face of future shocks and to safeguard hard-won development gains.
And, we must do all this in ways that are equitable, inclusive and sustainable, socially, economically and environmentally.
Through its first-responder expert teams, the new Regional Hub in Amman brings together the capacities and skill sets that will enable us to provide our country offices with the policy advice, technical support and services they need to meet those challenges.
It also combines, for the first time, our thematic technical advisory services, with our pioneering regional programming to provide seamless support to our Country Office and provides a unique gateway for partners, who want to engage in development in individual countries or in the region as a whole.
Khaled Abdel Shafi
Director of the Regional Hub in Amman
Prior to his appointed as the Director of the UNDP newly established Regional Hub for the Arab States in Amman, Khaled Abdel Shafi served in different senior positions at UNDP Headquarters in New York, at the Regional Bureau for Arab States (Chief Country Operations Division 2014-2015, Chief of Staff 2012-2013 and Senior Program Advisor and Special Advisor 2009-2011).
He headed the UNDP Gaza Office for many years (1995-2008), leading the UN development work in close partnership with the newly established Palestinian Authority and Civil Society. He also played a leading role in the UN’s efforts for the reconstruction and recovery of the Gaza Strip. Khaled also served as a member of the Gaza City Council 1995-2002 on a voluntary basis, heading the Gaza Municipal Committee for the City Development.
Khaled is an economist by training and served as a member of Governing Boards of some Civil Society Organizations in Palestine.
Areas of Expertise: Political and socio-economic analysis and advice; programme and operations planning and management; management oversight; leadership and team building; donor relations; and representation and multilateral negotiations.