In the last couple of decades ‘governance’, “the exercise of political authority and the use of institutional resources to manage society’s problems and affairs”, has become a much-used term in the world following the World Bank’s assertion in 1989 that failure of governance had been the main reason for low economic growth leading to poverty in many countries in Africa.
In order to achieve good governance, governments need to continuously analyze, adapt and respond to international as well as domestic, political, economic, environmental, social, and technological (PEEST) analyses and issues that are ever changing because events and decisions occurring in one part of the world are likely to impact all or most part of the world. The MENA region is not immune from this, and needs to develop an efficient system of governance and public policy.
An effective system of formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating public policy is dependent on the successful creation of public service officials capable of analyzing the complexities of contemporary public service issues with the use of relevant modern tools and techniques.
Addressing these challenges requires that public sector leaders, and other interested and capable individuals in the private and nonprofit sector, gain knowledge of and skills in the use of state-of-the-art tools and techniques in analyzing and suggesting different public policy choices (and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation) in dealing with these challenges.
The MGPP degree is intended to impart the analytic capability, knowledge, and skills
needed for the rational use of practical tools and techniques in public governance,
including the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the
dynamic and complex era of globalization.
Professor Ahmed Mustafa Elhussein
Coordinator of the Master of Governance and Public Policy