September 14, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Hybrid Event: Zoom webinar & Middle East Institute
1763 N St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are pleased to invite you to a presentation and discussion on the findings of the 2022 Arab Human Development Report,  “Expanding Opportunities for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Post-COVID Era.” 

The presentation and panel will assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies and societies of the Middle East and North Africa, a region where human development gains have faced a significant setback over the past two years. The panel will also consider the report’s recommendations for getting the region back on track, including greater efforts to make governance systems more accountable and responsive, economies more diversified and competitive, and societies more cohesive and inclusive — in order to ensure a resilient recovery for all.

See the 2022 Arab Human Development Report

Welcome Remarks 
Paul Salem

President & CEO, MEI

Dr. Khalida Bouzar
UNDP Regional Director for Arab States

Presentation of the 2022 Arab Human Development Report 
Tehmina Akhtar, 
UNDP Senior Regional Strategic Advisor for Arab States, will present key research findings and insights that contextualize the report’s conclusions and recommendations. 

Panel Discussion 
Following this presentation, a panel of experts on human development in the Arab world will discuss the report and how best to implement its recommendations in ways that will support a more robust, resilient, and sustainable region.


Jihad Azour
Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Patricia Karam
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, International Republican Institute 

Paul Salem
President and CEO, Middle East Institute

Mona Yacoubian 
Senior Advisor to the Vice President, United States Institute of Peace

Joyce Karam, moderator 
Washington correspondent, The National

Remarks from UNDP resident representatives 
The UNDP resident representatives from Iraq, Zena Ali Ahmad, Libya, Marc-André Franche (virtual), and Somalia, Jocelyn Mason, will also provide on-the-ground perspectives and key insights from the region.

Closing Remarks
Sarah Poole

UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Arab States


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