Progress in Public Management in the Middle East and North Africa

Case Studies on Policy Reform

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The MENA-OECD Governance Programme supports public sector reform in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Since its inception in 2003, the programme has helped the region to improve institutions for good governance through continuous policy review and reform.

The need to accelerate economic growth has been the primary impetus, but MENA governments are increasingly implementing reform to improve public sector performance and to meet citizens’ needs for higher quality education and health care, a safer and cleaner environment, and transparent and responsive government. Going forward, reforms will also be driven by equity and sustainability concerns.

This report offers a perspective on the progress made in public management in the MENA region since 2005. It reviews achievements in implementing public governance reform in nine areas: human resource management, public finance, integrity, regulation and law drafting, administrative simplification, e-government, public-private partnerships, gender, and water resource management. The report presents case studies on key policy reforms and outlines common characteristics across the region as well as the specific conditions and circumstances in MENA countries and economies.




The strategic orientation and thematic coverage of this report was defined in 2009 by the Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme under the chairmanship of Ahmed Darwish, Egyptian Minister of State for Administrative Development and Ambassador Chris Hoornaert, Belgium’s Permanent Representative at the OECD. The following thematic regional working groups of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme discussed the report’s key findings and case studies: the Working Group on Civil Service and Integrity (chaired by Azzedine Diouri, Morocco; Efkan Ala, Turkey and Spain); the Working Group on E-Government and Administrative Simplification (chaired by Ahmad bin Humaidan, United Arab Emirates; Vincenzo Schioppa, Italy; and Yeong-man Mok, Korea); the Working Group on the Governance of Public Finance (chaired by Hany Dimian, Egypt; and Mårten Blix, Sweden); and the Working Group on Regulatory Reform, Public Service Delivery and Public Private Partnerships (chaired by Zuhair M’Dhaffar, Minister delegated to the Prime Minister for Civil Service, Tunisia; George Redling, Canada; Luigi Carbone, Italy; and Jeroen Nijland, the Netherlands).


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