Past event

Building Developmental States in the Arab Region

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme


Abdallah Al Dardari, Director, Economic Development and Globalization Division, UN
Paolo Lembo, Officer in Charge and Regional Centre Director for Cairo, UNDP
Mohammad Pournik, Poverty Practice Leader, Regional Centre for Arab States, UNDP
Chair: Ginny Hill, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


The UNDP’s recently released report, Arab Development Challenges: Towards the Developmental State in the Arab Region, argues that the relationship between state and citizen in the Arab region has irrevocably changed in the wake of the Arab spring. Demands for dignity, social justice and freedom highlight the urgent need to address economic challenges in tandem with political reforms.

Following a presentation from the authors of the report, this roundtable discussion will focus on identifying possible policy recommendations drawn from the findings of this research.