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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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Foreword

The MENA-OECD Initiative supports public sector reform in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Since its inception in 2003/4, there has been continuous policy action in MENA countries to improve and enhance institutions for good governance. This report offers a perspective on the progress made over the last five years. Its content reflects the initiative’s approach: presenting country case studies in key areas of reform (listed in Annex A), and outlining common characteristics as well as specific circumstances. The case study methodology intends to offer policy makers a narrative that brings alive the dynamic process of reform. What emerges is a realistic, nuanced assessment of opportunities, challenges and institutional frameworks for public sector reform in the MENA region so far.

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