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Introduction to SIGMA

  1. 1. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU Introduction to SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management)
  2. 2. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU A joint initiative of the OECD and EU that helps governments to strengthen their public governance systems and capacities. We help countries in transition to: • Meet their aspirations for free-market economy • Achieve a stable democracy • Demonstrate their readiness to either join or to create a closer relationship with the EU, through free movement and trade We are part of the OECD Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development (GOV). 2 What is SIGMA?
  3. 3. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU 3 Our areas of expertise
  4. 4. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU 4 Activities and beneficiaries Our support focuses on six areas: • Strategic framework of public administration reform • Policy development and co-ordination • Public service and human resource management • Accountability • Service delivery • Public finance management, including public procurement We work with: • Turkey and 6 Western Balkan countries, financed through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) • 11 countries of the European Neighbourhood, financed through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
  5. 5. 5 AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU * This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
  6. 6. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU 6 Our work We provide short-term technical assistance that complements other EU institution building instruments, including: • The preparation of strategies and reform plans • The drafting and amendment of laws • The implementation of legislation and organisational reforms • The planning of larger technical assistance projects • Awareness-raising events • Advice to key senior and middle managers • Practitioner-to-practitioner support • Diagnostics and peer review of specific systems or organisations • In the EU accession countries, regular country monitoring against the Principles of Public Administration. We also develop policy papers and studies on public governance.
  7. 7. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU 7 EU Enlargement countries Country-focused strategic approach: • Regular evidence-based country monitoring that advises EC policy dialogues and assistance planning, and guides reforms in the countries • Support for setting reform priorities and objectives, and developing realistic and financially sustainable reform plans • Bridging and creating synergies across areas (e.g. has the necessary budget been assessed and allocated for reforms and their implementation?) • Targeted support for designing and implementing governance reforms
  8. 8. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU 8 European Neighbourhood countries SIGMA works with countries in both the East and South regions. In countries with high levels of political instability, SIGMA retains a presence by providing assistance at the technical level. In more stable countries, SIGMA continues to provide support at both technical and political levels.
  9. 9. © OECD AjointinitiativeoftheOECDandtheEuropeanUnion, principallyfinancedbytheEU Website Publications E-mail Find out more about us