About the project

The Knowledge Project aims to promote knowledge societies and policies as transformational means to achieve the sustainable development. The project contributes to driving active conversation and raise awareness on the importance of knowledge and knowledge-based policies for sustainable development. 

The project encourages using the knowledge productions, namely the Global Knowledge Index, as advocacy tools, aiming to widely disseminate and embed in policy debates. 

Outputs of the Knowledge Project

·         The Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge

·         The Arab Knowledge Report 2010-2011: Preparing Future Generations for the Knowledge Society

·         The Arab Knowledge Report 2014: Youth and Localization of Knowledge

·         Arab Knowledge Index 2015

·         Launching of the Knowledge4All portal

·         Arab Knowledge Index 2016

·         Arab Reading Index 2016

·         Launching of the Knolwedge4All Mobile App

·         Global Knowledge Index 2017

·         Knowledge and the Fourth Industrial Revolution 2018

·         Global Knowledge Index 2018

·         The Future of Knowledge: A Foresight Report 2018

The Arab Knowledge Reports focused on contribution to establishing the knowledge society and economy in the Arab region, i.e. a society where knowledge is the ultimate tool and medium of effective integration between ICT, expertise, and governance capacities towards maximizing the gains and sustainability of human development. 

This led to the development of the Arab Knowledge Index, reflecting knowledge from a development perspective in the Arab region while taking into consideration the Arab region’s specific context, needs and challenges, and focusing as well on the critical role of Arab youth in the establishment of the knowledge society in the Arab region.

Under the wider vision of the Arab Knowledge Index, the Arab Reading Index was published providing an objective assessment of the state of reading in the Arab region.

The positive impact of the Arab Knowledge Index promoted the development of the Global Knowledge Index, which is the only index that measures knowledge on the global level as a broad concept that is intricately related to sustainable development, hence to all aspects of modern human life, in a systematic approach that builds on solid conceptual and methodological principles.

As the Global Knowledge Index measures the current state of knowledge, the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report comes to look through the future, aiming at better understanding the navigation of present societies to cope with the demands of the future fields that will shape the near and long-term future.


Knowledge4All portal is a bilingual digital hub dedicated to all researchers, professionals, students, stakeholders, and the public. It offers easy access to the different knowledge products achieved within the Knowledge Project and to various data and publications on knowledge-related topics. 

The importance of such hub stems from the central role of knowledge in the development of modern-day societies, and from the deficiency in data and publications about the knowledge scene and its various components, mainly in the Arab region. We anticipate that the establishment of such a hub will facilitate and further promote research about knowledge in the Arab region and beyond, thus contributing to the sustainable development.

The Knowledge4All hub is an open non-profit initiative. Submissions are welcome in different forms including article submissions, links to publications, data files, and event sharing – with reference to topics directly related to knowledge in the Arab region and beyond.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life.

UNDP operates in 170 countries and territories, supporting their own solutions to development challenges and developing national and local capacities that will help them achieve Human Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The organization’s work is concentrated on three main focus areas:

Sustainable development

Democratic governance and peacebuilding

Climate and disaster resilience

UNDP helps countries attract and use aid effectively. In all its activities, the organization promotes gender equality and the protection of human rights.


Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in May 2007, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) has since led and implemented pioneering programmes aimed at establishing Dubai and the UAE as the centre for knowledge and research.

MBRF aims to empower future generations and enable them to devise sustainable solutions to facilitate the process of knowledge and research in the Arab World. The Foundation is committed to creating knowledge-based societies throughout the region by funding research projects, activities, and initiatives. It nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars which are education, entrepreneurship, and research and development.


The partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) was launched in 2007, with the establishment of the Arab Knowledge Project (AKP).

Under the umbrella of this partnership, the Knowledge Project has published three regional reports about knowledge in the Arab region, two of which involved original field research and country case studies, the Arab Knowledge Index 2015 and 2016, and the Arab Reading Index 2016. Then came the Global Knowledge Index in 2017, which is the only index that measures knowledge on the global level as a broad concept that is intricately related to sustainable development.

The Knowledge4All portal was launched in 2015 as a digital hub for knowledge, followed by a Mobile App in 2016.

UNDP and MBRF had built a remarkable partnership throughout the past decade, sharing a vision of promoting and strengthening knowledge-based sustainable development in the Arab region and beyond.

On November 2015, a new agreement was signed to renew the partnership for a new 5-year term