News on Innovation (List)


News about the “Innovation in Public Administration” theme from IIAS Members and our partners. You can also find them on a GoogleMap here.


Federal Staff Portal


On 26 October 2010, the Federal Public Services Personnel and Organisation and the Chancery of the Prime Minister organised a day of discovery “Administration 2.0: the Loch Ness Monster? “ devoted to Web 2.0 in the Belgian Government. A first in the Belgian civil service.

Some 180 members of COMMnet (the Federal Communicators Network) and KMnet (the network of knowledge managers federal) participated in this event whose purpose was twofold:

  • Compile an inventory of the use of web 2.0 and public utilities
  • Launch the debate on the issues raised by the use of Web 2.0 and its applications (blogs, wikis, social media, …) in public services.


Institute of Public Administration of Canada(IPAC)


New Network of Networks to improve public administration – The Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) announced the creation of Public Service Without Borders, a virtual forum for the discussion and sharing of best practices in public administration. PSWB is envisioned as a ‘network of networks’ using the internet and other social media to create a virtual community of professionals involved in all aspects of public administration, in Canada and abroad.


Qualité Publique (France)


Révision générale des politiques publiques (RGPP) e-government: what works? – As part of its overhaul of public policies (RGPP), the government has implemented an action plan to develop e-government based on the online procedures and dematerialization of certain acts.

Le Carrefour de l’Innovation Participative 2010 -The Association Innov’Acteurs organised on 25-26 November 2010, Carrefour de l’Innovation Participative 2010 on the theme:” Participative Innovation : societal issue?” . The association was greeted by his partner Advancia – great entrepreneurial school CCI of Paris – Porte de Champerret, 75017.

This year, some 250 professionals from leading French and European organisations, small businesses, communities, governments and experts were expected to discuss and debate the great issues of the involvement of every employee in the process of innovation in organisations. Report coming soon!

Computer and personal data: towards an international agreement ? – – At their Conference, held in Jerusalem in late October, the data protection authorities around the world have highlighted the urgency to adopt a specific international convention in the field of protection of personal data. They pledged to promote this project with their respective governmental and parliamentary authorities. They pledged to promote this project with their respective governmental and parliamentary authorities. They also called for convening an intergovernmental conference on the subject, if possible in 2011 and later in 2012.

Three years of e-government – At the Council of Ministers held Wednesday, November 24, the Minister of Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform, presented a paper on e-government. It follows the general revision of public policy, initiated by the government since 2007 to improve the quality of public services and develop e-government.




Verwaltung innovativ (Innovative Management)

Newsletter management innovation – November 2010 Issue (11/2010)

Dear subscribers, The following information is currently available for you:


PloneGov Italia

The materials of the Seminar for the exchange of solutions PloneGov (Modena, 3 November 2010):

The materials are available and photos of the seminar which was held November 3 in Modena.

Afrique du sudSouth Africa

Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI)

2010 CPSI Public Sector Innovation Awards Announced – The Minister for Public Service and Administration, Hon. MR Baloyi recognised 12 innovative public sector initiatives at a prestigious event on 5 November 2010.


South African Space Agency to Launch Soon – The Southern African Large Telescope is one of South Africa’s notable space projects. South Africa will soon have its own space agency to promote and coordinate space science and technology programmes in the country. The long-awaited South African National Space Agency (Sansa) will be launched in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 9 December 2010.



South Korea

S. Korea to Invest W26b into Developing Energy Technologies – The government plans to inject 26.2 billion won ($22.7 million) over about five years in a range of energy technology projects aimed at developing resources and improving energy efficiency, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Sunday, Nov. 29.

From ‘IT Korea’ to ‘Smart Korea’ – The following was contributed by Minister of Knowledge Economy Choi Kyung-hwan celebrating the G20 ICT Innovation Forum. Ed. (05/11/2010)


Swiss Society of Public Administration

Innovation and management of extreme situations – In a turbulent age, the question of national crisis management arises. “What role can national innovation management play?” was also the subject of the SSPA meeting on 18 November 2010. A report gives a first impression.

Administration tomorrow – The administration is currently living its biggest revolution since its inception. What can we do with the administration tomorrow? The article provides an overview of likely developments.

SuisseUnited Kingdom

Local Government Improvement and Development

Birmingham turns up the pilot light – Birmingham Energy Savers was developed as a partnership project led by Birmingham City Council. In the autumn of 2010, it piloted a scheme to fit photovoltaic (PV) panels on 60 buildings. This case study looks at what the council learned from that pilot.

SuisseUnited States


Google scores big federal government contract – Google has won a major contract to provide Google Apps for an entire federal government agency. Teaming up with Unisys and two other companies, Google will deploy Google Apps for Government to all 17,000 employees and contractors at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Business of Government

Getting It Done! – Taking advantage of centralized IT services sometimes requires a change in how departments or agencies regard their business processes.

CapamCommonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management

CAPAM Caribbean Regional Conference: Public Service Excellence: Embracing Innovation and Change. Trinidad, 14-16 February, 2011 – CAPAM is currently accepting paper proposals for the Embracing Innovation and Change Conference, Feb. 14 – 16, 2011 to be held in Trinidad. The conference is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration, Government of Trinidad & Tobago.


The latest issue of Commonwealth Innovations publication is out. This edition features articles on innovation and the public service including the 2010 CAPAM International Innovations Awards Finalists. Additional articles on performance and innovation (Australia), leadership and innovation (United Kingdom) and citizen participation in local government (Canada) are included. To submit articles and notices for publication, or for copyright and further information about the publication, please contact Editor: Ada Wong, Manager, Membership& Communications.

2010 CAPAM International Innovations Awards Winners – CAPAM would like congratulate the following winners in each awards category as well as the overall Gold medal winner.

EU European Union

ICT 2010: Digitally Driven, Europe’s most visible forum for ICT research and innovation – This biennial event has become a unique gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. It was held at Brussels Expo, 27-29 September 2010 and documents, videos, etc. are available on the event’s website. NEXT ICT: 2012.

European Parliament

MEP organises classes to maximise social media potential – Facebook, Twitter – This autumn one MEP is leading the way and organising classes on how fellow MEPs can use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to reach out to voters. French Member Damien Abad (EPP) is behind the course and here we speak to him as well as Portuguese Socialist MEP Edite Estrela, Italian Liberal Sonia Alfano and Spanish Green Raül Romeva i Rueda.

The Lisbon CouncilThe Lisbon Council

Public Sector Innovation: Co-Creating for a Better Society In a forceful intervention, Christian Bason, director, author and Ph.D fellow at MindLab, the Danish innovation agency, introduced his new book Leading Public Sector Innovation: Co-Creating for a Better Society. He explained how the current crisis can act as an historic catalyst for innovation and better, more responsive government. Mr. Bason’s enlightening presentation was followed by inspiring comments from Peter Dröll, head of unit for policy development for industrial innovation in the directorate-general for enterprise and industry at the European Commission.




Open Source Observatory and Repository


PT: Parliamentarians propose to make open standards mandatory — published on Dec 03, 2010  Two left-wing political parties in the Portuguese parliament want to make the use of open standards mandatory for public administrations. Next week Friday, the parliament will discuss two motions, filed by the Left Bloc, with sixteen of the 230 seats in the parliament, and the Portuguese Communist Party, which has thirteen seats.

IT: Considering the use of open source is mandatory in South Tyrol — published on Dec 02, 2010 Considering whether it is possible to use free and open source software is mandatory for public administrations in the Italian Province of Bolzano-Bozen – South Tyrol that are renewing their existing IT or purchasing new IT solution, according to Kurt Pöhl, head of the Department of Information Technology at the province.

MT: ‘Culture of open standards disseminated within Government — published on Dec 02, 2010 The culture of open standards is to be disseminated within government and the local ICT industry, Malta’s governmental Information Technology Agency (MITA) explained last week. The institute’s open source vision was called a ‘most important policy document’ by senior government adviser, the month before.

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United Nations Public Administration Network

E-government to Create Opportunities for All

The current global financial and economic crisis is putting tremendous pressure on governments to do more with less. Although financial markets stabilized in 2009 due to massive and internationally coordinated government intervention, the real economy is still in a state of shock with high rates of unemployment and tremendous squeeze on government revenues in many countries. E-government – once a bold experiment and now an important tool for public sector transformation – has progressed to the point where it is now a force for effective governance and citizen participation, both at national and local levels.