Since the establishment of the Arab Knowledge Project, and throughout the preparation stages of all three reports, it has been continuously confirmed that there is a significant lack of credible data and research that can feed the decision making process in the areas of knowledge and development. Hence, there is a need for region-specific monitoring and evaluation tools that take into consideration the Arab region’s contexts, cultures and needs, which is not the case with the currently available international tools.
This led to the development of the Arab Knowledge Index, an index that best reflects “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.
The Arab Knowledge Index focuses on several critical sectors: Education at its Pre-University, Higher and Technical Vocational and Training levels, Research, Development and Innovation, Economy, and ICT. It employs a total of more than 300 variables across these different sectors.
The Arab Knowledge Index is distinguished by taking into consideration, and for the first time, sectors that are often not well considered in similar attempts, such as the Technical Vocational Education and Training sector, the relation between R&D and innovation, and the interaction between the different sectors.
The Index methodology was developed in consultation with top-level local, regional and international experts and academics, in addition to regional workshops across the Arab region.
In its upcoming versions, the index shall seek further tuning of the methodology, in addition to the employment of wider international efforts and experiences, and cooperation with statistical and surveying centers in the Arab region to provide for unavailable data. The Index shall also seek to expand its coverage and include countries from around the globe, thus becoming an Index of Knowledge, from the Arab region to the entire globe.