PA News – 18/11/2015

Fight Against Corruption

World: Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruption

Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruption
This document summarises an initial plan for the development of a companion resource to the International Open Data Charter, and invites comments, feedback and contributions to shape the draft resource, to be developed over the first half of 2016.

You will find a number of consultation questions (Q) in this document. You can use the comments feature to share your responses by highlighting the question and clicking.

You can also send feedback to

It is based on initial work by the Government of Mexico, and a workshop held alongside the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico City in October 2015.


South Afric:DPSA hosts Hackathon and validation meeting

Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruptionOn 22 and 23 October 2015 in Johannesburg, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) hosted a two day hackathon and a report validation meeting.

The DPSA partnered with Microsoft South Africa to put together a hackathon in an effort to keep with the global Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative which encourages Governments to promote transparency, accountability, citizen participation as well as innovation and technology.

Hackers were put into teams and were challenged to utilise open data, published from any government source, in a creative manner with the aim of educating people about critical issues that affect communities.

Australia: Innovation Behaviours for the Public Service – alpha version

If we want to encourage innovation, then we need to encourage and support the behaviours that will lead to innovative thinking and doing.

As part of the work supporting the Innovation Champions Group, we sought suggestions and advice about the behaviours that people who are doing new things need to demonstrate (or avoid). We also wanted to know what the behaviours were that were needed to be shown (or avoided) by leaders. In response we received a number of suggestions and some suggested writing or research relating to the topic – thank you to everyone who contributed.

So what did we find?

World Government Summit – Shaping Future Governments

WGSThe World Government Summit is the largest annual government gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments by encouraging innovative practices in government work and services. The summit brings together decision makers and leading experts in the field of government, and provides a unique opportunity for governments, authorities, academic institutions and leading international organizations from around the world to share experiences and practices.

The World Government Summit showcases the latest and future trends in government. It explores innovative concepts for reinventing governments and enhancing quality and efficiency and sheds the light on innovative global practices in government service delivery, hence helping shape the future of governments.

The fourth edition of the World Government Summit will take place from 8 to 10 February 2016 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and will include two exhibitions and three international awards.

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Morocco :Quels sont les meilleurs sites administratifs? – What are the best adminstrative wenbsites

Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruptionAwards : The results of the 9th edition of RECOMPENSE – The results of the 9th National eGovernment Award “e-mtiaz 2015,” which rewards the best public teleservices, were announced Thursday in Rabat.

The winners of this award, which includes four categories: “e-content”, “e-procedures”, “mobile applications” and “call centers,” have won awards at the 9th Forum of National eGovernment Award held under the theme “e-governance: towards a transparent and participatory administration”, attended by several government members.


United States : Focusing On Change and Reinvention

Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruptionThe views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.

By Christine Springer

Nurturing change and renewal in public agencies is not only important but also critical. There is a growing recognition that fostering a culture of change is the key to organizational success. Public managers only have two real choices: stick with the status quo until things decline or continuously change to stay relevant and vital.

Creativity, mental flexibility and collaboration have displaced one-dimensional intelligence and isolated determination as core ingredients of individual and organizational success. I recently surveyed and interviewed 150 government leaders, all of whom had held varied positions across more than 30 state and local jurisdictions. In doing so, I discovered a consistent commitment to the pursuit of change and some guiding methods for generating new value through continuous change.

Local Governance

United Kingdom: Joining up public services around local, citizen needs

Heralded as the solution by many, joining up is seen as a way to reduce duplication, make efficiency savings and improve public service outcomes for citizens. In recent years, fiscal constraint and rising demand have only increased the pressure on local and central leaders to join up and break down entrenched organisational silos. But although there is broad agreement on the need to join up, there is little agreement on what this actually means, what approaches work best or whether particular models are more effective than others.

This short paper reviews the existing literature on joining up public services. It identifies five perennial barriers that repeatedly get in the way and ten insights on how to overcome these, drawing on several case studies of successful examples. The paper ends by highlighting some of the thorny issues that remain to be tackled on how to practically take this agenda forward and embed new, collaborative models of working on a wide scale. We have produced two infographics alongside this publication:

  • a map of how local public services feel from a citizen perspective
  • a timeline of national attempts to join up public services at a local level (1997-2015)


United States: Using Performance Info to Make Decisions

The Government Accountability Office is mandated by law to track the progress of agencies’ implementation of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010. It’s summary highlights “mixed progress” but the report’s details show a great deal of progress. The report covers a range of issues, summing up a series of related reports over the course of the past year. But the core issue is: are agencies using performance data to make decisions?

The track record hasn’t been promising. GAO notes that surveys it conducted of federal managers between 2003 and 2013 found that a majority of managers were not using performance information and that “agencies continue to struggle to do so.” But that was before corrective provisions in the new law kicked in. While there is no new survey data, the actions by agencies are hopeful.

Sustainable Governance

Central America: ¿Cómo blindar Centroamérica frente al Cambio Climático?

Consultation Document: open data charter guidance for anti-corruptionEl Taller: Mecanismo Regional para la Gestión Integral del Riesgo de Desastres y Adopción del Blindaje de la Infraestructura Pública asociada a la Variabilidad Climática, permite, en su primer día, brindarle a los especialistas en riesgo climático y alcaldes de distintas municipalidades de la región, las herramientas para enfrentar los desafíos climáticos actuales.

Además, durante esta jornada, se pudieron compartir las experiencias locales de los países que forman parte del proyecto Blindaje Climático del ICAP, el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, BID, y el Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central, CEPREDENAC.


OECD: The Governance of Regulators

The Governance of Regulators As one of the main actors in regulatory policy, regulators have an important and increasingly complex role in the delivery of regulatory regimes and regulations. The governance arrangements for regulators are a key factor in a regulator’s ability to operate effectively to achieve the social, environmental and economic outcomes it is responsible for. The OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: The Governance of Regulators detail the key principles for establishing and operating regulatory agencies. They also provide more detailed considerations that should be reflected upon to apply the principles to different cultural and political contexts. The seven governance principles for regulators are: ‌‌‌ The 2012 Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance recognises that an effective regulatory policy includes “ a consistent policy covering the role of functions of regulatory agencies in order to provide greater confidence that regulatory decisions are made on an objective, impartial and consistent basis, without conflict of interest, bias or improper influence .” The OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy: The Governance of Regulators have an informal status of guidance approved by the Regulatory Policy Committee and OECD Network of Economic Regulators . They can be used by […]


Now Available: 2015 World Public Sector Report

wpsr2015coverThe 2015 World Public Sector Report (WPSR), titled Responsive and Accountable Public Governance, is now available in the DPADM E-Library.

Click here to download the 2015 World Public Sector Report.

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