Title: Good governance: a new perspective for institutional reform - a comparative view of water, education and health institutions in Egypt

Authors: Yasmin Khodary

Addresses: Political Science Department, The British University in Egypt, P.O. Box 43, El Sherouk City, Suez Desert Road, Cairo 11837, Egypt

Abstract: Reform of state institutions is a gateway to a country's progress and development. This research seeks to answer the following questions: 'to what extent do institutions, such as water, basic education and primary healthcare institutions, conform to good governance standards in Egypt?' and secondly, 'how can good governance offer a new perspective for institutional reform in Egypt?'. The research presents a comparative assessment for governance within the Egyptian water, basic education and primary healthcare institutions. The assessment is based on nationally-owned governance indicators, which informed the measurement and assessment of governance within the water, basic education and primary healthcare institutions in Egypt. The comparative assessment reveals low levels of transparency, participation, accountability and responsiveness shared among the water, basic education and primary healthcare institutions. As a result, the research suggests a reform process for state institutions from a good governance perspective that, in particular, emphasises transparency, participation, accountability and responsiveness.

Keywords: good governance; institutional reform; water; basic education; primary healthcare; performance measurement; Egypt; composite index; transparency; accountability; participation; responsiveness; state institutions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2016.079747

International Journal of Public Policy, 2016 Vol.12 No.3/4/5/6, pp.359 - 377

Received: 02 Feb 2016
Accepted: 11 May 2016

Published online: 07 Oct 2016 *

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