The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP is the lead agency of the United Nations in the fight against poverty and inequality, and in support of inclusive and peaceful societies, offering global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States and KAICIID cooperate within the framework of a MoU signed in 2016 to support the achievement of SDG 11 and SDG 16. We partner on a multi-level and multi-dimensional social cohesion index which aims to build platforms for dialogue to enable religious leaders to advance their engagement in social cohesion activities. Projects focus on promoting intercommunal peace in communities hosting large numbers of refugees, and on addressing vulnerabilities resulting from the crisis in the Arab region. In 2017, we designed and implemented a series of trainings for religious leaders and youth, under the KAICIID Social Media Programme. In addition to the work implemented regionally, we work with UNDP in Iraq on identifying and empowering local agents for social cohesion - “Social Cohesion Champions”.