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Strategic Cooperation Program (SCP) Brief

Available in: العربية

The central objective of the World Bank’s Strategic Cooperation Program (SCP) in the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is to serve as an independent and objective adviser on formulation and implementation of development policies and programs.  The SCP assists GCC governments through knowledge sharing, research and analysis, technical assistance and capacity building.

The SCP began over thirty years ago with advisory services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  It later expanded to cover the remaining GCC countries, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE). High per capita income makes these countries ineligible for receiving loans from the World Bank.  However, as developing countries, they often require inputs from an objective adviser.  The World Bank is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expert analysis and technical support on strategic development issues.

At present, SCP activities encompass all the main areas of World Bank expertise, namely: Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM); Human Development; and Socially Sustainable Development (including infrastructure and social development.)

The Program covers all its costs through reimbursement of expenses incurred.  In recent years, annual reimbursements amounted to around US$11 million.

The SCP is also active at the regional level. It provides advisory services to the GCC Secretariat General on cross-country issues, in particular in the transport and environment sectors. It also serves as the World Bank’s primary coordination channel for joint work and partnerships with regional development organizations such as the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the Saudi Fund for Development and others.

The SCP is managed through three offices: a Regional Office in Riyadh under a Country Director, a Country Office in Kuwait and a Program Unit in the World Bank HQ in Washington, D.C. 


All dollar figures are in US dollar equivalents. April, 2012

For more information, please contact:
In Washington, Lara Saade;
In Kuwait, Lamia Sulaiman:



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