About the project

Knowledge4All is an initiative seeking to establish a digital reference hub for all researchers, professionals, students, stakeholders and the general public in relation to the various data and publications on knowledge-related topics. The initiative is currently focused on Arabic and English resources involving the Arab region, in addition to theoretical and conceptual work about knowledge, namely from a development perspective, e.g. knowledge and development, knowledge localisation, youth and knowledge, youth formation, knowledge spheres, knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination across local, regional and international spheres, to mention a few sample areas of interest. 

The Knowledge4All initiative builds on the years-long expertise of the Arab Knowledge Project team, a partnership between UNDP and MBRF that was established in 2007. Until date, the project has published three reports about knowledge in the Arab region, with work in progress for devising a pioneering Arab Knowledge Index initiative, alongside the efforts of establishing this referential digital portal, Knowledge4All.

The importance of such an initiative 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 in the Arab region. We hope that the establishment of such a hub will facilitate and further promote research about knowledge in the Arab region, and thus contribute to the better development of the region.

The Knowledge4All initiative is currently an open not for 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.


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 some 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 create 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 & development.


The Arab Knowledge Portal (Knowledge4All) is a joint initiative between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is part of a series of initiatives developed throughout this remarkable partnership between the two organizations that share a vision of promoting and strengthening knowledge-based sustainable development in the Arab region.

The partnership between MBRF and UNDP was launched in 2007, with the establishment of the Arab Knowledge Project (AKP). The AKP 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

This decade long partnership has culminated with the launch in 2017 of the Global Knowledge Index that is a state-of-the-art tool aiming at measuring knowledge worldwide.

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