Our Regional Programme

An integral part of UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, the Regional Programme for Arab States 2018-2021 is framed around two outcomes:

1. To assist partners in advancing regional cooperation and policy dialogue on inclusive and sustainable growth, while tackling climate change and environmental protection;

2. To focus on the root causes of conflict and governance deficits, facilitating stakeholders’ cooperation to counteract fragilities, promote democratic reforms and fostering resilience.

Growing in size and scope, the programme currently includes more than 10 initiatives covering different thematic areas, which have significantly contributed to advance regional priorities, and it is expected to deliver around USD 50 million throughout its cycle.

Committed to promote thought leadership, the programme has developed around 240 knowledge products since 2014. Working with regional networks to advance cooperation and collective action, the programme has established and strengthened partnership with more than 10 regional institutions, including the League of Arab States, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), the Coordination Group of Arab Funds (CG), the Arab Youth Center (AYC).

Since 2018, it has engaged with 15,000 stakeholders through more than 80 regional and country-level activities. The regional programme has a diversified funding base, with key donors including the governments of Sweden, Japan and Korea, the European Union, MBRF and CG.

Regional project management team

Paola Pagliani

Regional Programme Coordinator

17+ years of experience working with UNDP, including at HQ, regional, and country level. Prior to UNDP, Paola worked in the civil society sector and in the academia.
Areas of expertise: results-based management; human development and socio-economic analysis

Alessandra Muto

Programme Analyst
Alessandra joined UNDP RBAS Amman Regional Hub in 2019. Previously, she worked with civil society organizations in the Arab region on development projects for refugees and vulnerable population, and on human rights issues, respectively.
Areas of expertise: programme management; grants management, reporting and donor coordination; social protection, human rights and refugees’ issues

Management Support Unit

Maya Beydoun

Project Manager

Holds an MBA with emphasis on management and has 14 years of experience with the United Nations System in supporting project implementation, office management, and organizing activities in the field. 
Areas of Expertise: Project Management, Resource Management, Operations, Procurement, Finance and Human Resources

Maya Abi-Zeid

Monitoring, Reporting & Knowledge Specialist

14 years of specialized experience with UNDP, including two years + on the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the regional programme and projects: support in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
Areas of Expertise: Results-based development and management, knowledge management tracking, monitoring and evaluation.

Dany Wazen

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Analyst 

14+ years of experience with the United Nations system leading the planning, management and coordination of ICT projects and products delivery in the Arab region, overseeing the execution of ICT services in the UNDP RBAS Hub offices located in Beirut, Lebanon.
Areas of Expertise: ICT projects planning and management (PMP, PRINCE2), Knowledge and information records management, Solution Architecture and Design, Network Support & Management, Database Administration, resolving complex ICT-related issues.

Programmes and Initiatives