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Libyan Writer Dr. Abdelrahim Saleh

Saturday, 22 March, 2003

Arab Human Development Report 2002

I came across this remarkable report, during these turbulent times, which has been written and researched by a team of Arab experts (working under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme). This 180-page report is worth reading and it outlines the current state of human development and its future potential throughout the Arab world.

The report begins by noting that Arab countries have made significant strides in more than one area of human development, although it also mentions that three significant deficits (freedom, empowerment of women, and knowledge) constitute "weighty constraints on human capability that must be lifted." While the full report is quite lengthy, it is divided into more digestible sections dealing with the overall state of human development in the region, the potential for building human capability, and cooperation among Arab states.

It also contains several appendices that offer detailed statistical information gathered by the researchers and a list of background papers. For those looking for a quick overview of their findings, the report also has an 11- page summary.

The Arabic version: http://www.undp.org/rbas/ahdr/arabic.html (5335KB)

The English version: http://www.undp.org/rbas/ahdr/CompleteEnglish.pdf (4508KB)

Abdelrahim Saleh
rahim@enter.net


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