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Concluding Remarks on Social Accountability in a Changing Region

By: United Nations

Participants of Arab Governance Week have argued that the lack of legal and institutional framework that allows for citizen participation in governance decision making and demanding accountability, coupled with lack of responsiveness of government institutions to the demands and the needs of the citizens, resulted in the failure of the Arab development model. The new development framework for the region should be based on participation and mutual accountability between the state and citizens, facilitated by transparent and responsive governance institutions, and resulting in economic development policy that gives priority to social justice, to the fight against poverty and unemployment, and to ensuring social rights of all citizens in health, education and decent work. This resource details ways the governments, civil society, and other international institutions can reform and improve governance in Arab countries.