Lack of legal accountability allows local corruption to undermine economies, diverting resources from where they are most needed. Delays in processing legal cases inhibit economic activity, while the inability to enforce contracts deters people from entering into them. Women, who often face discrimination, violence and sexual harassment, are particularly affected by legal exclusion. Poorly drafted legislation creates also legal ambiguity and insecurity, and poses challenges to cost-justified, cost-effective and consistent delivery of policy objectives.
MENA countries have requested OECD assistance in reinforcing legal principles for economic and social development. The MENA-OECD Governance Programme responds to this request through its country projects and capacity building programmes to increase respect for the rule of law and raise citizens’ confidence in the integrity of the judiciary system and other public institutions.
The Programme supports MENA countries in:
- Access to justice and efficiency and public trust in the judicial bodies and court system
- Legal security for citizens and businesses
- Trust in government and promoting social and economic performance