Human Development Data for the Arab States

Military expenditure (% of central government expenditure)

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.)

Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security.


Country/Region 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Algeria .. .. .. 13.8 13.9 13 15 ..
Bahrain 19.3 17.8 17.6 17.9 17 15.8 .. ..
Egypt 19.4 .. 10.4 8.4 8.5 7.6 7.1 ..
Jordan 26.1 23.1 13.5 14.2 17.8 19.4 19.6 ..
Kuwait 105 23.4 18.2 17 12.4 13.8 7.4 13.1
Lebanon .. 17.7 16.7 14.4 14.7 13.1 14 ..
Morocco .. .. 11.4 11.7 11 10.9 12 ..
Oman 50.8 40.4 .. .. .. .. .. ..
Qatar .. .. 12.1 9.4 13.7 15.4 .. ..
Sudan .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Tunisia 6.6 6.2 5.6 5.6 4.8 4.7 4.5 ..
Yemen 41.3 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) .. .. 13.9 15.9 11 14.6 .. ..
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) .. .. 15.2 14.3 11.9 12.9 11.6 ..
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 4.9 7.2 .. .. .. .. .. ..
OECD Members .. .. 10.4 10.4 10.1 10.1 10 ..
South Asia 22.4 19.9 18.7 17.2 16 15.1 16.3 ..
World .. .. 10.8 10.9 10.2 10.6 10.1 ..


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