This demand-driven instrument helps partner countries strengthen public management in areas such as administrative reform, public procurement, public sector ethics, anti-corruption, and external and internal financial control

Timeframe: 2008-2013

Budget: €15 million

SIGMA aims to assist countries in installing governance and administrative systems appropriate to a market economy, functioning under the rule of law in a democratic context.

What does it do?
SIGMA is a joint European Commission and OECD initiative, mainly funded by the EU, which helps mobilize European expertise to support reforms in partner countries’ public administration in fields such as public internal financial control or public procurement. It carries out seminar and workshops targeting public governance institutions, which are responsible for horizontal management systems of government – civil service, administrative law, expenditure management, financial control, external audit, public procurement, policy and regulatory capacities, and property rights’ management.




Actions in brief


  • Assesses reform strategies and action plans; reform progress; legal frameworks, methodologies, systems and institutions.
  • Develops methodologies, tools and guidance to support reforms.
  • Provides advice on the design and implementation of reforms; recommendations on improving laws and administrative arrangements; advice on optimising the use of other EU assistance; opportunities to share good practice from a wide range of countries; multi-country studies.



SIGMA publications

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Second high-level political dialogue on Security and fight against terrorism: EU and Tunisia renew their cooperation
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Reducing the injury and death count on the roads
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Renewable energy brings water to all
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A common legal space
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Media Neighbourhood: Online handbook for journalists
The EU-funded Media Neighbourhood project has published an online handbook...
Southern Mediterranean Investment Coordination Initiative (AMICI): Mapping/stocktaking exercise key findings
This Mapping/stocktaking exercise, completed in the framework of the Southern...