Structure of Activities:
The six themes of the Initiative require a work programme the activities of which
are structured to take into consideration the commitment and capacity of each country.
Each theme will have:
- A regional structure through the work of Thematic Coordinators as
- Individual country focus through the National Work Groups to be established
for each theme in each committed Arab country.
National Coordination Committee
Each government will establish a National Coordination Committee whose
members would be carefully selected and appointed by the highest executive authority.
The instrument for establishing this Committee would clearly define its authority
for coordinating and overseeing all activities under the Programme.
Thematic Focal Points Governments will also nominate Thematic Focal
Points for each theme; these persons are usually the leaders of the working groups.
Thematic Coordinators will work closely on a regular basis with their
respective Focal Points across the region to facilitate the implementation of activities
that will be jointly designed. Countries will vary in their priorities and issues
to be discussed; it is not therefore expected that all countries would work on all
themes and in the same degree of attention as the others.
To support the Thematic Coordinators and the Work Groups at individual country level,
UNDP-POGAR and OECD1 agreed to equally share the responsibility
for Programme implementation.
- Themes I-III are the responsibility of OECD, and
- Themes IV-VI are those of UNDP-POGAR.
The six Arab Thematic Coordinators and their OECD partner countries
will constitute the Initiative Steering Committee to be chaired by
the sponsoring Arab country (as may be designated as indicated above)2
. The Steering Committee will hold two meetings per year during the
first year and only one meeting in subsequent years. Other meetings may be held
if circumstances warrant. Members of the Technical Secretariat (as indicated below)
will attend those meetings and keep minutes of proceedings and decisions.
1 OECD and UNDP-POGAR will work closely with the respective
countries and with their OECD partners. They will provide the necessary guidance
and possibly supplementary technical expertise, as may be needed. They will both
endeavor to ensure the effective implementation of planned activities and together
will act as a catalyst to support their respective Arab countries in their national
and regional work. They will also undertake an active campaign for resource mobilization
to provide an uninterrupted flow of funds necessary for successful programme implementation.
2 The Sponsoring Country may be represented by its
Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Development (with varying titles).