The fourth annual meeting of the MENA-OECD Senior Budget Officials network was held in Beirut, Lebanon, 21-22 September 2011, hosted by the Lebanese Ministry of Finance.
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Executive summary of the publication "Making the most of public investment: Lessons from the crisis".
Openness is one of the key values that guide the OECD vision for a stronger, cleaner, fairer world. This is why the OECD welcomes the launch of the Open Government Partnership today and the efforts led by Presidents Obama and Rousseff to promote government transparency, fight corruption, empower citizens and maximise the potential of new technologies to strengthen accountability and foster participation in public affairs.
This publication gives a comparative overview of lessons that can be drawn from the financial crisis followed by a section covering a selection of country cases (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United States).
Conservative estimates indicate that at least 740 000 men, women, youth and children die each year as a result of armed violence, most of them in low- and medium-income settings. The majority of these deaths occur in situations other than war, though armed conflicts continue to generate a high incidence of casualties. Approaches to preventing and reducing these deaths and related suffering are becoming increasingly important on the international agenda. In spite of the global preoccupation with the costs and consequences of armed violence, comparatively little evidence exists about how to stem its risks and effects. Virtually no information is available on Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention interventions, much less their effectiveness.
This publication aims to fill this gap. It seeks to generate more understanding of what works and what does not, to stimulate further evaluation and to contribute to more effective and efficient policies and programmes.
A large-scale mapping of Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention activities around the world form the basis of analysis, focusing primarily on programming trends in six countries – Brazil, Burundi, Colombia, Liberia, South Africa and Timor-Leste. These countries represent the very different programming contexts – from high rates of urban criminal violence to protracted post-conflict insecurity – in which development practitioners are currently engaged.
While offering new data and analysis, this assessment builds directly on the 2009 publication Armed Violence Reduction: Enabling Development.
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The second survey of the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations provides evidence of the quality of international engagement in 13 countries. This chapter was drafted on the basis of a consultation held in Juba and complementary interviews.
The 2009 Monitoring Report synthesises main findings and recommendations from across six countries, providing evidence from the ground of what works and what doesn't.
The compensation of employees represents a significant percentage of public expenditure. This meeting addressed the challenge of adjusting compensation in line with countries fiscal consolidation requirements.
The WG on Governance of Public Finance includes the MENA-OECD Network of Senior Budget Officials. It promotes broad reforms to inter alia modernise governance structures and operations, strengthen regional and international partnerships, and sustain economic gro
This report considers how the growing interconnectedness in the global economy could create the conditions and vectors for rapid and widespread disruptions.