The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has been working intensively with the MENA region through the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development since 2005. In particular, the MENA-OECD Governance Programme supports progress with governance reform that matters for achieving global social and economic development objectives.

The Programme is directed towards helping all interested MENA countries strengthen their capacity to govern by improving policy-making systems and the performance of public institutions and by enhancing their efficiency, transparency and accountability, the management of public resources by the State, and the interaction between the public and private sectors as well as governments and their citizens.

It generates impact through a comprehensive approach that involves regional dialogue, peer review and advice, definition of reform priorities and assistance in implementation to policy reforms. The uniqueness of the Programme lies in that:

  • it is recognised as a trusted and solid partner in the MENA region;
  • it is owned and managed by MENA countries with the support of the OECD Secretariat;
  • it is demand driven and impact oriented;
  • it benefits from experiences and good practices of both MENA and OECD countries, their senior policy makers and experienced practitioners.