COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the MENA Region


Main Objectives 

The project aims to support MENA governments in their efforts to respond and recover from the COVID-19 crisis as well as to enhance their resilience to future shocks, with a focus on vulnerable groups, women and young people, by:

►    Strengthening public governance for the recovery (Pillar 1)

►    Promoting social and economic policies for vulnerable groups (Pillar 2)

►    Reinforcing public finances to help build fiscal space for policy action (Pillar 3)

Highlights for Pillar 1 (August 2022)

Check out the main achievements and highlights (as of August 2022) delivered under the first pillar of the project on strengthening public governance.



Key Outcomes - Pillar 1

Under the project’s work implemented by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, MENA public officials have:

►  Gained awareness of key public governance issues and OECD good practices and standards in the areas of youth empowerment, gender equality, public budgeting, open and digital government, regulatory reform and the rule of law

►  Exchanged experiences and practices and learnt from each other on key public governance issues through activities of regional policy dialogue with the Working Groups and Networks of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme

►  Contributed to the collection of data and evidence and the co-production of knowledge and policy analysis in the area of youth empowerment, gender-based violence and governance for COVID-19 recovery


►   Meeting of the MENA-OECD Platform on Gender Mainstreaming, Governance and Leadership, 28 September 2022 (Agenda)

►   Meeting and Training of the MENA-OECD Youth Empowerment Network, 23 June 2022, Caserta

►   Project presentation event, 11 April 2022, Paris (Agenda)

►   12th Annual Meeting of the OECD-MENA Senior Budget Officials, 6 December 2021, virtual (Agenda)

►   Meeting of the MENA-OECD Platform on Gender Mainstreaming, Governance and Leadership, 16 November 2021, virtual (Agenda)



Youth at the Centre of Government Action:
A Review of the Middle East and North Africa

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Further Background

The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and it is jointly implemented by the Directorate for Public Governance’s MENA-OECD Governance Programme, the Development Centre and the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration’s International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation. The project also involves two OECD Centres based in Italy, specifically the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Training Centre hosted by the Scuola Nazionale dell’Aministrazione in Caserta and the OECD International Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation, hosted by the Economic and Financial Police School of the Guardia di Finanza in Ostia.


Contact us

For more information about the project, please contact Pietro Gagliardi.

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