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7-03-2012 - The United Nations Development Programme for the Arab world

Democracy is necessary but not enough says UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report

The United Nations Development Programme for the Arab world

Economic issues, central to the Arab uprisings, trail behind political issues in the post-revolution public discourse between the State, civil society and the International community, asserts the Arab Development challenges Report 2011, discussed today in Cairo in a public meeting which brought together representatives of a wide range of Egyptian political forces, academia and development professionals. The Report warns that if economic challenges (particularly social justice) are not addressed properly, they risk thwarting Arab progress on democratic transitions. Going beyond numbers, the report examines the interrelationship between the political and socio-economic factors that underlie policy choices and the development results they produce for the ordinary citizen. It observes that the development path followed in the Arab region has not managed to transform the region's natural wealth into sustained improvements in the human condition. The Report attributes such poor performance to the corrupting influence of rents on the choice of development paths and governance relations. The politics of patronage practiced in the region weakened mutual accountability mechanisms that govern critical State-Citizen relationships. It also rendered powerless checks and balances between the economic and political spheres. The report builds on analyses contained in the first Development Challenges Report for Arab Countries, produced jointly by UNDP and the League for Arab States and endorsed by the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in 2009.Learn more about the report.

 

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