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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.

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Conclusion

Where Next for the MENA-OECD Governance Programme? Lessons from the Review of MENA Public Governance Reform

This review demonstrates that the governments of the MENA region are making progress towards more effective, transparent and accountable governance. While some governments are moving more quickly than others, each state has adopted measures to improve public financial management, to build a more productive civil service, to strengthen the rule of law, and to improve policy-making capacities. In doing so they have taken on several areas that until recently were not even open to discussion, such as integrity, gender equality and active consultation with citizens.

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