New Web Site Focuses on Arab Reform

April 4, 2007Andrea Calabrese

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Development Gateway Foundation announced today the launch of a virtual community in Arabic on the theme of Arab reform.

The new portal will serve as a platform for aggregating information about reform activities in the Arab world. Creating a virtual community, the site will facilitate the sharing of knowledge among development practitioners. It will also aid in capacity building and improving access to high quality development research and analysis in Arabic throughout the developing world.

The Arab reform portal adds to the Development Gateway Foundation’s extensive network of virtual communities where members exchange information on development issues. Currently, there are approximately 36,000 registered users of the network.

"Our platform has proven to be an effective way for development practitioners to exchange knowledge and to collaborate,” said Mark Fleeton, CEO of the Development Gateway Foundation. “We were pleased to have this opportunity to add a community that will build bridges of understanding between the Arab and non-Arab worlds."

"The main objective of this project is to create and maintain an Arabic version of the Development Gateway portal, originally in English," according to Ismail Serageldin, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. "This Arabic version will constitute a pan-Arab portal containing key resources relevant to a broad spectrum of reform issues in the Arab region."

Visit the new Arabic portal.

About the Bibliotheca Alexandrina The Bibliotheca Alexandrina aspires to be the world’s window on Egypt; Egypt’s window on the world; a leading institution of the digital age; and above all a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding. It is guided by the goal to provide universal access to human knowledge for future generations in digital form. For more information, visit the Web site.