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Arab States

Relatively few democratic governance assessments have taken place so far in Arab states. These states are faced with economic challenges of modest economic growth rates, weak competitiveness, high unemployment, young populations wanting to emigrate, poverty amidst vast wealth, environmental vulnerabilities and high risks to human security.
Citizens in Arab states consider economic problems a pressing governance concern. In the first systematic survey of the Arab Barometer project, conducted in 2006, surveys from Palestinian territories, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria and Kuwait indicate that 54 percent of those surveyed consider economic problems to be most important.
Cloaked in economic terms, many of these problems are rooted in governance issues. A democratic governance assessment may prove useful for identifying some of these problems and laying the ground for reform.

UNDP supported initiatives in the Arab States

Examples of Regional Initiatives

Media and Access to Information in Southeast Asia

In its work area on "Culture, democracy and development", and going back to the 'New Information Order' and the struggle for the right to inform and be informed in the 1970s, the...

Racism and Intolerance

ECRI is an independent human rights monitoring body of the Council of Europe composed of independent experts from all 45 Council of Europe member States.   ECRI monitors phenomena of...

Saint-Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies-Annual Report

The main activities of the Center are (according to the current programs):   Regional Ombudsmen and Human Rights: development of the Ombudsmen and others state and public organizations...

Supervision of the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the only example at international level where there is a systematic control of the execution by the State concerned of the decisions of the treaty...


Latinobarómetro nació en 1988 con un estudio piloto en cuatro países del Cono Sur Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y Chile, sobre las bases sociales de las nuevas democracias. Debido...



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