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 United Nations' global development network.

Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization operates in 166 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Currently, the UNDP is one of the main UN agencies involved in the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

To accomplish the MDGs and promote sustainable global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable in all of its activities. The UNDP Human Development Report Office publishes an annual Human Development Report (since 1990) to measure and analyse developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports. UNDP works with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the 2007 World Economic Forum in Jordan, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) aims to empower future generations to devise sustainable solutions that address challenges in the knowledge and research domains in the Arab world.

Under the key pillars of culture, entrepreneurship and education, the Foundation is committed to disseminating knowledge throughout the region by fostering ideas and innovation and funding research projects, activities and initiatives.

Since its establishment, the Foundation has launched a number of initiatives, including the ‘Dubai International Poetry Festival’, the ‘Arab German Dialogue’ and the ‘Arab Knowledge Reports’. MBRF also initiated the ‘Translate’ and ‘Write’ Programs under which more than 1,000 books were published. It also launched a ‘Business Incubators’ initiative in different Arab countries, besides scholarship programs which allowed students from the Arab world to enroll in prestigious universities around the world.

Since its restructuring in 2013, MBRF has conceptualized innovative ventures aimed at elevating the status of Dubai and the UAE on the regional knowledge map. These include the Knowledge Summit, the Arab Knowledge Index, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award, Dubai International Program for Writing and Bait El Shaier (House of Poetry). It has also established its position in the printing, publishing and distribution services sector with its investment project Qindeel. MBRF has also launched some major knowledge initiatives such as Bil-Arabi, A Book in Minutes, My Family Reads, Knowledge Page, and Knowledge Chair besides its magazines “Wamadat” and “Flashes”. It also hosted the “Nobel Prize Museum: Ideas Changing the World” for the first time in the Arab World.

MBRF carries out its work through its vision that the Arab region’s success depends on creating an environment conducive to acquiring knowledge and on providing tomorrow’s leaders with motivation to build a better future. Our mission is summarized in the pursuit to develop the region’s human resources via establishing a wide base of human capital with extensive set of skills and talents, and providing more opportunities to the young generation to quire knowledge and secure a better future. MBRF also promotes leadership skills among young people in order to improve the level and quality of their life.


The Arab Knowledge Portal [Knowledge 4 All] 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). Until date, the AKP has published three regional reports about knowledge in the Arab region, two of which involved original field research and country case studies.

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

Additionally, work is currently in progress to launch the first Arab Knowledge Index. Once launched, the index will be a state-of-the-art tool to monitor and further promote the various elements supporting knowledge-based development in the Arab region.