Public sector thought leadership

The following articles were written by Strategy& partners and other senior professionals on key topics in the public sector.

Surviving disaster
Political stability and safety are prerequisites for tourism, which is why countries must make plans to recover their reputations after incidents of political unrest. Countries need crisis management and perception management.
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Developing countries, such as the GCC states, are in an excellent position to compete for more of the meetings industry (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions).
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GCC policymakers should address the region’s housing shortage with a strategy that brings together housing and socioeconomic policies in a holistic approach that builds communities instead of just housing.
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The achievement of “information superiority” is a critical determinant of mission success. Developing an information superiority capability requires following five imperatives: treating information as a strategic asset; having centralised governance...
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A critical element missing in the discussion of changes in Arab countries is a generational perspective. This survey and study allows policymakers and business leaders to take advantage of this valuable generational approach to framing social, economic, and employment policy.

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Militaries in the Middle East currently have had relatively basic capabilities for medical logistics planning. As operations and deployments become more frequent and cover longer distances, these rudimentary capabilities could prove disruptive to missions and could endanger lives. Military planners therefore need a more comprehensive approach to medical logistics planning.
Countries in the GCC can grow their tourism sector significantly by developing a national tourism sector strategy. The best way to achieve this is through a three-step process: define the tourism sector ecosystem; develop strategic positioning and value proposition; and develop tourism sector institutional framework.
Bringing the GCC’s education system in line with the needs of the employment market requires governments to engage numerous stakeholders including local authorities, schools, and the private sector. However, governments must also include students themselves, a group often overlooked in the reform process.
Real estate developers can position themselves for the market’s upswing by choosing where they want to be on the value chain, being firmly rooted in their target market, formulating robust risk and investment guidelines, and developing their capabilities to ensure value creation and success through differentiation.
Sustainable development is critical for the MENA region’s long-term prosperity and stability. Companies can play a key role in this effort by contributing to the broader improvement of their societies through corporate social responsibility initiatives that align with national development objectives.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can use public-private partnerships as a means of managing rising healthcare costs, as a mechanism to enhance the capabilities of the healthcare system, and as part of a program of systemic transformation of the sector.
Countries that take steps to empower women as employees and entrepreneurs can reap social and economic benefits. This report ranks 128 countries based on their track record in enabling women to play a substantial role in the global economy. This is the brief version of the report.
GCC countries recognize the need for innovation as the main catalyst for achieving sustainable economic growth through economic diversification. Instituting a national model that establishes coherent linkages in an innovation system is the best way forward.
With the GCC set to spend billions of dollars on development projects, public-private partnerships (PPPs) offer a useful financing and development mechanism. However, to derive the full benefit from PPPs, GCC states will need to adopt a customized approach.
The middle class is often the catalyst for positive socioeconomic change in developing countries. In the MENA region, there is a dire need for change, which can be effected via a set of economic, social, and political policies aimed at developing a large, dynamic, and sustainable middle class.

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