This project aims at establishing a specialized evidence-based policy development centre to support development planning and acts as a roadmap to achieving Kuwait’s “2035 Vision” in light of its pledge to the UN 2030 Agenda.
In its plans to improve the quality of policymaking in Kuwait, UNDP collaborates closely with the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), by supporting the establishment of a landmark Kuwait Public Policy Centre (KPPC), to address the country’s policy-making gaps and mainstream policy research and analysis studies, and stand as a reliable resource that influences national policies and strategies.
The GSSCPD aims to strengthen Kuwait’s public policy planning mechanisms and capacity ahead of the next KNDP 2020-2025 policy design cycle, so as to design strong, dynamic, and efficient policies from the onset. This need highlights the necessity of establishing a policy research centre that reviews the status of policy making, collects accurate data on all public strategies, and collaborates with stakeholders to utilise research and produce policy papers. This vision will be reached through such interdependent and interlinked factors, including, support for institutional and technical preparation for the establishment of KPPC, establishment of capacity building for KPPC knowledge and behavioural insights and reinforcement of advocacy, outreach, and partnership development for the KPPC.
The project additionally provides the framework for how UNDP will accompany the GSSCPD in its establishment of this centre as it will operate under the umbrella of the GSSCPD.
1. UNDP has supported KPPC in successfully initiating the establishment of their Behavioural Insights Unit (or ‘nudge unit’), known as the Kuwait Policy Appraisal Lab (KPAL) in order to apply the latest findings in behavioural science and economics into public policy especially for implementation of the Kuwait National Development Plan (KNDP)
2. UNDP has provided support for the design of a customised 5-year macroeconomic model that can provide rigorous, consistent structure for forecasting and for testing economic scenarios.
3. The project has also supported organising monthly lecture series in the newly established KPPC where renowned local, regional, and international speakers were invited to lecture on topics related to each of the KNDP pillars, creating a knowledge sharing platform for policy dialogue
4. KPPC worked closely with the Amiri Diwan and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) to help create a community of practice for ‘nudging’ in Kuwait
5. A partnership between KFAS and LSE Health resulted in the conducting of a comprehensive Health System Review report and finalisation of 4 project reports on Health and Economics, with
6. The project supported the launch of the UNDP Global Report Atlas on: “Mapping the oil and gas industry to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas”
7. The project also successfully established regional strategic partnerships with the American University of Beirut (AUB), with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established with the university’s Isam Faris Institute.