The Herzliya Accord - Setting Budget Priorities
The "Herzliya Accord" offers new patterns of thought and conduct which can enable government ministries to develop the agility needed to deal with interdisciplinary problems.
The "Herzliya Accord" was introduced at the 2008 Herzliya Conference. Experts in many different fields gathered to discuss their budgetary priorities based on their assessment of the socio-economic challenges in Israel. The experts were presented with a variety of needs and were asked to determine how to allot 6 billion shekels among the various needs.
At the top of this order of preference the experts ranked the topic of broad education for the entire population and in addition affirmative action and equal opportunities. Subsequently, the topic of the Socio-Economic Agenda presented by the National Economic Council was chosen. The Agenda focuses on reducing the level of poverty by encouraging sectors with relatively low participation in the economy to enter the workforce. The third-most important topic was that of higher education. Topics such as health, immigration and immigration absorption were relatively low on the list of priorities.