The project “Youth in Public Life: Towards open and inclusive youth engagement”, implemented by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, supports Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia in strengthening public governance arrangements for young men and women to engage in public life.

The circumstances in the MENA region have not always been propitious for young people to contribute to shaping their own futures. Young men and women in the region express lower levels of trust in government than their parents and the majority of young adults have largely disengaged from formal political participation. Moreover, youth in the MENA region are facing higher unemployment levels than young people in any other region in the world.

The current global political and economic setting is complex and fast-changing, with society transforming in ways that challenge existing views about the world and how it is governed. Technology is disrupting the status quo and creating a future of unknowns. Meanwhile, globalism has accelerated and a backlash has formed as a result of growing economic inequalities. Gender equality remains an uphill battle, conflict is forcing record numbers from their homes, trust in government is near record lows, and climate change and job automation crises are fast approaching.

The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness for Development facilitates co-operation between the OECD and the MENA region to promote policies for sustainable and inclusive growth. It addresses regional needs and development priorities, including the integration of women and youth through jobs and greater participation in policy making. It also takes into account the region’s diversity by providing targeted support to individual countries.

The MENA-OECD Governance Programme is a strategic partnership between MENA and OECD countries to share knowledge and expertise, with a view of disseminating standards and principles of good governance that support the ongoing process of reform in the MENA region. The MENA-OECD Governance Programme closely co-operates with national institutions, regional and international organisations, universities, bilateral donor agencies, and representatives of the civil society.

Public procurement is a crucial pillar of strategic governance and services delivery for governments. Because of the sheer volume of spending it represents, well-governed public procurement can and must play a major role in promoting public sector efficiency and establishing citizen trust. Well-designed public procurement systems also contribute to achieving pressing policy goals such as environmental protection, innovation, job creation and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Progress towards gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region is a descriptive note on progress and gaps towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region, produced to provide the situational context to the World Bank Group’s regional gender action plan.

After years of procurement reforms in some, and years of stalled change in the public sector in others, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region countries are in need of comprehensive strategies for sustainable capacity building plans.

The objective of this assessment is to provide tangible information on the impact of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Centre. It should be noted that the intervention provided from the Center since its establishment in 2012 goes further than mere “training”. The Centre distinguishes itself by a high political value to support MENA countries’ institutions towards the path of good governance, a strategic priority of the OECD and of the Italian Government.

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.

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.

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.

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