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Guideline on Fostering Innovation in the Public Sector of the Arab Region

Innovation in the public sector helps to enhance social welfare, economic growth and environmental management of countries for better sustainable futures, by stimulating new ideas – whether products, services, policies, programmes, or processes.

The guideline focuses on innovation in the public sector providing various types and examples to help governments, public institutions and agencies galvanise innovation. The study goes further, providing several models designed to serve as aides in the selection, design and implementation of innovation practices and initiatives by Arab public sectors.
In the annexes readers will also find a wealth of information designed to further inform and foster public sector innovation among public sector officials and those interested in the subject.
There is also a two-volume refence guide to the study. Volume I provide references to various types of resources on public sector information, with an introductory model on how to identify resources. Volume II is a compendium of ICT tools and technologies that can aid in the development and implementation of public sector innovation initiatives.
Innovation in the public sector directly supports SDG 16 and its objective to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. The public sector, through the self-development of innovative solutions, can achieve SDG 16 and its targets, as well as targets related to other Goals, such as Goals 5, 9 and 10.