Proposed Arab Digital Agenda: Preliminary Framework for the Arab Information and Communication Technology Strategy for Sustainable Development
The integration of ICT into the various sectors has led to improve the effectiveness of activities and to develop these sectors. Regional and national digital Agendas are documents that provide a...
Open Government Open Data Toolkit
The open data toolkit is a brief guide for initiating, planning, implementing, and evaluating open data programmes in the Arab region. It includes five sections, covering planning and management...
Open Government: Citizen Engagement Toolkit
The citizen engagement toolkit is a brief guide aimed at promoting engagement in and implementation of open government in the Arab region. Prepared as part of ESCWA open government initiative,...
Survey of Economic and Social Developments 2019-2020
Providing an analysis of the global situation in mid-2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, is a difficult task. The outbreak has exerted tremendous pressure on the global economy, the scale of which...
Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment within National Institutions: Technical Notes (Second Edition)
This publication, in its second version, provides necessary technical information and guidance on the implementation of an accountability framework for mainstreaming gender equality in the...
Towards More Gender Inclusive National Institutions: Concepts and Guidelines
These guidelines aim to support national institutions in implementing the action plan on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the level of national institutions by providing the...
Study on Gender Mainstreaming, Social Inclusion, Human Rights Processes and Outcomes of Access to Energy in Targeted Local Communities in Tunisia
This report was developed within the REGEND (Regional Initiative for Promoting Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region) framework with an assessment to guide...
Intellectual Property for Fostering Innovation in the Arab World
Only few Arab countries have a national intellectual property strategy with measures that encourage and facilitate the effective development, management, and protection of intellectual...
Reducing Gas Flaring in Arab Countries: A Sustainable Development Necessity
The study highlights the Arab region’s high reliance on fossil fuels, making it the second fastest growing regional source of greenhouse gas emissions. This is increasingly worrying for Arab...
Examining multidimensional inequality in the Arab region through a capabilities lens: Presenting a pilot study in Lebanon with a focus on SDG 10
This study takes a critical look at Sustainable Development Goal 10 – aimed to reduce inequality within and among countries – and proposes an innovative research approach to capture...
Bridging the Inequality Gap among Youth in the Arab Region
This policy brief discusses selected dimensions of inequality among Arab youth and highlight the gaps and challenges that affect youth policy development and implementation. It concludes with a...
Advancing the Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in Arab Countries
This policy brief provides an overview of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and its linkages to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It highlights MIPAA’s...
ESCWA Annual Report 2019
The last decade was difficult for the Arab region. A few countries fell into civil war while others suffered from serious political and economic instability. As a result, millions of people across...
Operationalizing intersectionality in the Arab region: Challenges and ways forward
The present paper focuses on intersectionality as an analytical approach and calls for a multidimensional understanding of gender in the Arab region, positing that this produces a more...
Information and Communication Technologies: Prospects for Promoting Gender Equality in the Arab Region
The present report examines how information and communication technology (ICT) can be used as a means of implementation to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 5, and...
COVID-19, Conflict and Risks in the Arab Region
Years of conflict or occupation have eviscerated Arab conflict affected countries’ social contracts, shattered their economies, amplified their household food insecurity, devastated their health...
Syria at War: Eight Years On
The “Syria at War: Eight Years On” report is the second product of the collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Centre for Syrian...
Wealth Inequality and Closing the Poverty Gap in Arab Countries: The Case for a Solidarity Wealth Tax
High poverty rates coupled with high concentration of wealth in the Arab region have highlighted the need for a stronger civic solidarity and the shared responsibility of the public, the...
Reforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A Gateway for Building a Skilled Youth Workforce in the Arab Region
The technical paper scrutinizes high youth unemployment rates prevalent in the Arab region from the perspective of labour supply. More specifically, it examines technical and vocational education...
Impact of COVID-19 on Money Metric Poverty in Arab Countries
Regardless of how it is measured, poverty in Arab countries was on the rise before COVID-19. Thus, the current pandemic only further exposes and accentuates existing structural deficiencies...