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MENA Governance News & Notes

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In this issue, we return to the important topic of public financial management.  The procedures through which revenues are raised and expenditures are allocated and implemented are among the most important functions that any government performs.  According to the most recent World Bank data, governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region spent approximately $407 billion dollars in 2007 in delivering their policy, regulatory and service functions.  The way in which this money is spent has huge implications for their broader development trajectory.  Read more... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOVERNANCE NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW WITH DR. IMAD FAKHOURY, JORDAN'S MINISTER OF PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT AND MINISTERY OF STATE FOR MEGA-PROJECTS

 

Revamped public sector reform in Jordan builds on lessons from the past 

 

BY RAMI G. KHOURI

 

AMMAN: Jordan has been a pioneer in the Arab world in public sector reform, with nearly two decades of mixed results from high-level and continuous efforts to streamline the government bureaucracy and improve service delivery to citizens. The current Minister of Public Sector Development & Minister of State for Mega Projects, Imad N. Fakhoury, spent some time upon assuming office last year studying the past experiences and drawing lessons from them, to try and maximize the likelihood that the current reform plan achieves more of its objectives than previous ones did. Read more... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GUENTER HEIDENHOF: NEW PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGER IN THE WORLD BANK'S MENA REGION  

 

BY LIDA BTEDDINI

 

GUENTER HEIDENHOF recently joined the MENA Vice Presidency as Sector Manager for Public Sector Governance, bringing with him comprehensive expertise on governance issues, institutional development and managing change, with a special focus on the procedural and institutional underpinnings of public sector reform. His previous post was Governance Advisor in India, where he oversaw the Bank's extensive lending program. Mr. Heidenhof has also held Bank positions as Cluster Leader for governance, public sector, and public finance reforms in African countries, including Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent interview with GN&N, Mr. Heidenhof shares some reflections and insights from his work experience on governance and public sector reform. Read more... 

 

 

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PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REFORM IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: AN OVERVIEW OF REGIONAL EXPERIENCE 

 

BY ROBERT P. BESCHEL AND MARK AHERN

 

In June 2010, the World Bank completed a new study of public financial management (PFM) reform experience over the past decade within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  The report, which combines comparative cross-country analysis using data from various Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) surveys along with more detailed case studies of ten MENA countries, seeks to benchmark MENA PFM practices against other countries at comparable income levels as well as to address a number of important questions. Read more... 

 

 

 

 


Previous Issues of Governance News & Notes

 

January 2010, Volume 4, Issue 1:  Print-friendly Version     Arabic عربي 

 

September 2009, Volume 3, Issue 3  Print-friendly Version    Arabic عربي 

 

June 2009, Volume 3, Issue 2: Print-friendly Version    Arabic عربي 

 

March 2009, Volume 3, Issue 1:  Print-friendly Version    Arabic عربي 

 

December 2008, Volume 2, Issue 5:  Print-friendly Version    Arabic عربي

 

October 2008, Volume 2, Issue 4:  Print-friendly Version  Arabic عربي

 

September 2008, Volume 2, Issue 3:  Print-friendly Version   Arabic عربي

 

June 2008, Volume 2, Issue 2:  Print-friendly Version   Arabic عربي

 

January 2008, Volume 2, Issue 1:   Print-friendly Version   Arabic عربي

 

November 2007, Volume 1, Issue 1: Print-friendly Version Arabic عربي

 

 

 

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