PA News : 17/12/2015

Public Governance


In many countries inequality is growing as the benefits of economic growth go to the richest members of society. Inclusive Growth is all about changing the rules so that more people can contribute to and benefit from economic growth. Governance – the way that governments do their jobs – can make the difference as to whether growth benefits everyone, or just a few. On 28 October, ministers and cabinet-level officials from OECD countries and beyond met in Helsinki, Finland, to help determine how we can shape the policy cycle to deliver growth for everyone. THE 4 STEPS TO INCLUSIVE GROWTH GOV Ministerial Website GOV Ministerial Website

The IIAS President attended the meeting.

OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on 28 October 2015


The Governance Practitioner’s Notebook takes an unusual approach for the OECD-DAC Network on Governance (GovNet). It brings together a collection of specially written notes aimed at those who work as governance practitioners within development agencies. It does so, however, without attempting to offer definitive guidance – instead aiming to stimulate thinking and debate. To aid this process the book is centred on a fictional Governance Adviser.


PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!First Latin American Meeting of Social Innovation for the Public SectorPrimer Encuentro Latinoamericano de Innovación Social desde el Sector Público)

For three days, participants will learn, first hand, national and international cases led by public sector entities throughout the region that are generating knowledge and high impact solutions to improve the quality of life of people in vulnerable situations

New prospects for overcoming extreme poverty, that is the proposal summoning in Bogota recognized specialists in social strategies and innovation policies. For three days, participants will learn, first hand, national and international cases led by public sector entities throughout the region that are generating knowledge and high impact solutions to improve the quality of life of people in vulnerable situations.


PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!UN: NGO Conference 2015: Honoring the Past, Recognizing the Present, Imagining the Future

From 25 to 27 August 2015, the 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations was held at UN Headquarters in New York City. The event celebrated the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and its longstanding relationship with civil society. It was formally endorsed by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Denmark, Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe Suriname, and Ukraine. It also had the endorsement of the newly instated Under Secretary General for the Department of Public Relations, Ms. Cristina Gallach. The program was created and led by Patrick Sciarratta,

Poverty Alleviation

PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!UN: A fighting chance: 70 years of combatting poverty

The fight against poverty has been central to the work of the UN since its foundation: the preamble of the UN charter reads one of the purposes for the establishment of the Organization being: “to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”

Poverty, as defined by the UN, encompasses more than just a lack of monetary resources. Hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making are also recognized as indicators of relative poverty.

At the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992, governments declared that “all States and all people shall cooperate in the essential task of eradicating poverty as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world”.

Local Governance

INTERVIEW: Professor Alioune Sall, President of the Foresight Group of Africities 7

“Local authorities can influence the future if they develop strategies to enhance the value of their resources”

Professor Alioune Sall, President of the foresight group that was established for the preparation of the Africities 7 summit, talks in this interview about the vision of Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU) and the role of local authorities for achieving this Agenda. The Professor Sall is also Executive Director of the African Future Institute (Institute specialized in Foresight).

Administrative Law

PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!France : A New Book in Administrative Law (Un nouvel ouvrage de droit administratif)

On 1 December 2015, a new book of administrative law, from the pen of Paul Schmit, honorary vice-president of the State Council, was presented to the State Council: “The protection of the citizen within the administrative procedure. “

The administration is at the service of citizens. As part of its multiple tasks, it is called to find a common denominator between the public interest and the specific interests of citizens. As part of its relationship with citizens, the administrative departments of the State and municipalities are obliged to ensure transparency and non-discriminatory management of records while seeking dialogue with citizens (both masters of work requiring a building permit, neighbours facing the prospect of having their view obstructed, successful tenderers along with unsuccessful bidders, young people getting their driving licenses and motorists losing their licenses through administrative channels …).

Public-Private Partnership

PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!Public-private partnerships vital for the development of Latin America (Alianzas público-privadas, vitales para el desarrollo de América Latina)

After a decade of exceptional growth, economic activity in Latin America has lost momentum. While it is a heterogeneous region, the growth projections for the next years show an average drop of 0.2% growth for 2015 and around 0.6% in 2016

This slower growth is limiting investment capacity of national and local governments for infrastructure projects in the region, a key aspect for the integral development of societies.

Against this background public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a good tool to maintain the pace of investment in infrastructure and development projects, both essential to improve the quality of life of millions of Latin Americans.

Public Finances

PUBLIC GOVERNANCE MAKES INCLUSIVE GROWTH HAPPEN!USA: Moving Beyond Budgeting to Adaptive Process Financial Management

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.

By Christine Springer

State and local governments face a number of challenges including fluctuations in tax revenues, demands for increased investment into infrastructure, schools and social programs, uncertainty over federal funding and increased pressure to improve transparency and comply with the 2010 Government Performance and Results Modernization Act. Many states are improving the quality of their reports and making them available electronically, but many smaller jurisdictions are ill equipped to meet today’s challenges.

As an example, Gartner estimates that 80 percent of budget officers, especially in smaller government jurisdictions, still rely primarily on spreadsheets and homegrown systems to support analysis, forecasts and budget preparation. These factors illustrate the need to practice financial performance management and adaptive management processing so the budget no longer determines how the performance of units and people will be evaluated and rewarded but instead how managers can focus on value creation.