In cooperation with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports (MJS), the OECD organised a regional conference in Rabat on 3-4 October 2017 on the theme “Bringing Youth Closer to Public Life”. The event was part of the project “Youth in Public Life: Towards an Open and Inclusive Youth Engagement” currently implemented in Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia with funding from the G7 Deauville Partnership MENA Transition Fund.

Inclusive public governance based on open government principles is essential for the development and implementation of more sustainable and effective public policies. It also enables greater responsiveness to the needs and expectations of citizens whose voices can often go unheard. Effective communication between citizens and governments is a key pillar in this regard. For the government, this entails developing and implementing a comprehensive and tailored institutional communication strategy. On the side of citizens, the willingness and capacity to engage can sometimes be challenging. Traditional media and social networks also play a key role in disseminating information and strengthening relations between governments and citizens.

The Gender Balande Guide lays out the road-map for the United Arab Emirates and its organisations to harness the untapped potential that women represent.

Building on OECD expertise, it provides a list of practical actions that can be taken by UAE organisations in order to achieve gender balance and work towards gender equality.

Le Maroc est en train de réformer son cadre légal, politique et institutionnel de lutte contre la corruption et de bonne gouvernance. Cette revue fonctionnelle analyse deux institutions marocaines,  l’Instance centrale de prévention de la corruption (ICPC) et l'Institution du Médiateur du Royaume (IMR), dont les mandats respectifs ont été modifiés par la nouvelle Constitution de 2011 afin de renforcer leur rôle dans le système de l’intégrité du pays.

The 2016 MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference was held on the 4th of October in Tunis, Tunisia. Bringing together ministers of international co-operation, trade, investment and public governance, the conference provided a platform to discuss strategic responses to common challenges in the region and explore ways to boost inclusive growth, employment and better integration both at the regional and international level.

The MENA-OECD Governance Programme organised a Seminar on performance management and macro-economic framework within the performance based budgeting in Caserta on 3-5 May 2016.
The seminar was part of the cooperation project "Effective governance for a political transition and economic prosperity in Tunisia" with the aim to implement and spread best practices in budgeting performance.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre organised a workshop and meeting of the MENA-OECD Network on Public Procurement. The meeting was held at the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre premises in Caserta, on 11 and 12 April 2016.

The 4th Annual Meeting of the National Schools of Government Network, jointly organised and supported by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre, explored theme of Building Blocks for Public Sector Innovation: New Skills and Learning. The meeting considered the skills that civil services need to innovate and the new learning approaches to support the development of these skills. It enabled a policy dialogue that contributes to the work of the OECD on the development of a framework for innovation-related skills and its application through learning approaches for innovation.

On International Women's Day, the OECD hosted a conference to consider policy approaches to closing leadership gender gaps in the public and corporate sectors.

Moving beyond the quota debate, the event fostered a policy dialogue on existing barriers and missing opportunities for women in decision-making positions, and their impact on broader social and economic outcomes. The discussions was underpinned by an issues paper on new trends, international benchmarks and good practice.

The fourth edition of the World Government Summit, Shaping Future Governments, took  place in Dubai from 8 to 10 February under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mahtoum, Vice Prime Minister of UAE and Prime Minister and  Ruler of Dubai. It included two exhibitions and three international awards.

Global Platform "Governance of the Future" launched by the OECD on 8 February in Dubai brings together high-level government representatives to discuss how we can address the challenges of the future. 

The Secretary General of the OECD, José A'ngel Gurria opened the Global Platform and the discussion featured a key note speech by Swedish Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation. 

11th Annual Meeting of the Working Group II on Open and Innovative Government of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme took place in Dubai on 7 February 2016 back to back to the World Government Summit.

This report is written to support the discussions of the strategic orientations of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme in 2015 and beyond. Delivering on the conclusions of the 2013 and 2015 Steering Group Meeting of the MENA-OECD Initiative, the Governance Programme has systematically embraced and mainstreamed youth issues in its activities.

The report explores the critical youth-governance relation by outlining the pathways through which public governance frameworks impact the opportunities for youth. The focus is on public sector integrity, public budgeting, public human resource management, regulatory policy, local governance and gender equality.

While the report aims to include as many MENA countries as possible in its analysis, it focuses on Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Yemen. Based on OECD instruments, international standards and good practices from OECD and MENA countries, the report provides a first set of policy recommendations.

This report, published by OECD, assesses progress in the implementation of regulatory policy within the region. Regulatory governance in the MENA region is an increasing priority for encouraging and enabling sustainable development and inclusive growth. The report reflects on the developments and highlights good practices from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia. The report concludes by providing recommendations to MENA countries, especially those in transition, to help them build the required institutions, systems, policies and capacities to produce a better regulatory environment needed to deliver sustainable development and equitable growth whilst ensuring public participation and accountability.

The Steering Group of the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development met in Rabat on 9 November 2015 to discuss the strategic orientations of the new mandate of the Initiative for the period 2016-2020. The meeting set the groundwork for the MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference in 2016, building on the impact of a decade of regional policy dialogue and advice, peer learning and implementation support in the areas of public governance and private sector development.

The High-Level Conference Promoting Gender Mainstreaming: From Gender Sensitive Policies to Impact is jointly organised by the Supreme Council for Women in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the MENA-OECD Governance Programme  and will take place place from 8 to 10 December 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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The MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre, in collaboration with the OECD’s Reform of the Public Sector Division, hosted the Open Data Seminar as part of its efforts to build capacity across governments of the MENA region in order to foster a culture of openness and good governance, supporting innovative solutions to regional and country-specific challenges.

The MENA-OECD Governance Programme newsletter provides a snapshot of the various MENA-OECD Governance Programme activities on open and innovative governments, integrity, public financial management, territorial development, regulatory policy, public procurement and gender.

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The Round Table Forum on "Public Governance and the Role of Citizens in shaping the Open Government dialogue", jointly organized by ARADO and MENA-OECD Centre, took place at the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre of Caserta from 2 to 4 June 2015. Participants included ministers, deputy and assistant ministers, MPs, government officials, director generals and high level officials from ministries and governmental organizations, department directors, ICT specialist and private sector representatives and researchers.

The MENA-OECD Centre organised a training seminar on the Implementation aspects of Open Government, held in Caserta from 26 to 29 May 2015.

Reinforcing gender policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is critical for the political, social and economic empowerment of women and the promotion of good governance. Since 2009, the MENA-OECD Governance Programme and its Gender Focus Group (MENA-OECD Women in Government Platform)takes stock of MENA countries’ gender initiatives.

The Programme provides a sustainable structure for regional policy dialogue as well as for country specific projects. The projects correspond to the commitment of MENA governments to implement public sector reforms in view of unlocking social and economic development and growing expectation among citizens to benefit from quality public services, inclusive policy making and transparency.

The meeting of the Working Group II on Open and Innovative Government, the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development, took place on 8 February 2015 in Dubai, back-to-back to the UAE Government Summit.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Governance and Territorial Development Directorate and the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre jointly organized an integrity and procurement workshop and meeting of the MENA-OECD Network on Public Procurement.

The International Seminar on Strategic Planning and Performance Budgeting, with the participation of high level officials from the Ministry of Development of the Republic of Turkey and international experts was held in Caserta on 12 November 2014.

The Second meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in the OECD headquarters in Paris on 29 September back to back with the International Forum on Open Government.

On 29 September 2014 the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre and the Kingdom of Bahrain signed the Memorandum of Understanding on joint cooperation for fostering the culture of good governance in the public sector.

The Minister of State for Follow-up Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain Mohmmed bin Ibrahim Al-Mutawa and Renata Pavlov, Executive Director, MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre, discussed a cooperation agreement to promote good governance in the public sector. Bahrain has expressed a keen interest in exchanging expertise and benefiting from international success stories in strategic planning, decision-making, streamlining administrative procedures, and managing human resources.

A workshop on Administrative efforts to support SMEs Development: Improving the regulatory and administrative environment, jointly organized by EMDC Foundation and MENA-OECD Centre, was held on 6 June 2014. The workshop was addressed to participants committed to the SME development and policies, and willing to build and interactive environment by sharing their experiences and learning from each other. It included national policy makers and experts in SME development and SME policy. 

A Capacity Building Seminar on Open Government, e-Government, Anticorruption and Transparency was held at the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre of Caserta from 20 to 23 May 2014 and was attended by government officials and policy makers from Libyan ministries and government agencies.

The Mena-Oecd Governance Programme Centre hosted a three day integrated workshop organized by the World Bank: Promoting transparency, accountability and participation (TAP). The role of check and balance institutions.

The seminar was hosted by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Training Centre and was addressed to officials from the Libyan Ministries. The workshop aimed at providing participants with some strategic and practical insights on the way to best address public finance management challenges.

The Advisory Committee of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre met for its first Annual Meeting in the premises of the Royal Palace of Caserta. The event was followed by the High Level Roundtable on Open Government, with presence of Ministers, public and private partners and international scholars.

The Annual Meeting of the global Partnership between the OECD and the National Schools of Public Administration with the theme "Open Governments: Building Capacity on the Ground", was jointly hosted by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Training Centre and the OECD and chaired by the Italian National School of Administration on 21 and 21 February 2014.

Renata Pavlov, the Executive Director of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre represented Italy at the 9th annual meeting of the Working Group on Open and Innovative government, held on 9th February in Dubai (UAE) in view of the 2nd Annual UAE Government Summit. Italy, together with Korea is the Working Group's co-chair.

The Training Seminar on HR Management and Administrative Leadership attended by Public Administration Officials of Libyan Institutions was held at the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre of Caserta from 20 to 24 January 2014.

A workshop on Public Procurement in the framework of the MENA-OECD Procurement network was held in the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre of Caserta on 2 and 3 December 2013.

The Seminar was jointly organised with the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, UNDP and the Ministry of Planning of Libya

The high level international seminar was organised upon the request of the Government of Libya and it targeted senior officials from the Ministry of Planning and other key public institutions directly involved in the current efforts to reform Libya’s public sector.

The workshop organised by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre in collaboration with the Italian School of Administration and the Ministry of Administrative Development of Egypt on public finance management and governance issues involved high level public officials from Egypt and Tunisia as well as Egyptian, Italian and international experts. Its main objective was to provide the participants with the appropriate strategic and practical tools in order to better address public finance management and governance issues in time of a deep democratic process faced by Egypt and Tunisia.

Two workshops on "Open Budget Data for Better Public Finance Management" took place on 16 and 17 May 2013 in the MENA-OECD Centre of Caserta. Participants benefited from being exposed to best practices and in-depth discussions on fiscal transparency and multi-year budget programming.

The Italian School of Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Arab Administrative Development Organisation on the establishment of exchange and cooperative initiatives between the two parties in the areas of Training, Research, Exchange of best practices and Promotion of dialogue on the Public Administration issues.

In the framework of the Deauville Partnership Governance Pillar Coordination Meeting on 24 April 2012 the G8 and Partner countries called for the establishment of a public procurement network to assess compliance in partner countries against the OECD principles on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement. The OECD Principles on Integrity in Public Procurement are a unique policy instrument to help countries prevent risks of waste, fraud and corruption throughout the entire procurement cycle, from needs assessment to contract management and payment.

The MENA-OECD Governance Programme Training Centre was inaugurated on September 19, 2012, at the Royal Palace of Caserta.

The first brainstorming meeting of the OECD and National schools of public service and administration took place at the MENA-OECD Training Centre of Caserta on 19 September.

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