Middle East and North Africa


The MENA Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development is a comprehensive regional programme, initiated and led by countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It promotes broad reforms to enhance the investment climate, modernise governance structures and operations, strengthen regional and international partnerships, and promote sustainable economic growth throughout the MENA region.


Since 2008, SIGMA, a joint OECD/EU initiative principally financed by the EU, has been supporting public governance reforms in MENA countries through the European Neigbhourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). In agreement with the European Commission, priority has been given to the implementation of activities in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. SIGMA provides technical assistance and assesses reform progress in the following areas: public expenditure management, external & internal audit and financial control, organisation of State administration, policy-making and co-ordination, public procurement, civil service & human resources development and administrative law.

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