PA News: 12/01/2016

Capacity-building

Africa Capacity Report ACR 2015Africa Capacity Report ACR 2015

The Africa Capacity Report (ACR) 2015 sends a very clear message: with official development assistance to Africa diminishing, the continent will have to rely more on mobilizing domestic resources if it is to implement its development agenda. The ACR 2015 shows that this is possible, with a good number of African countries providing practical success stories based on strategies and initiatives that can easily be adapted to other countries. However, the capacity gaps to generate savings and taxes from domestic resources and allocate them to economically and socially productive activities remain glaring. Download your copy ACR overview

Sustainable Governance

Latin America and the Caribbean : Launch of New Sustainable Development Agenda to Guide Development Actions for the Next 15 Years

(New York, 1 January 2016) The New Year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years.

“The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

Education and Training

Africa Capacity Report ACR 2015Germany : Hertie School Announces New Scholarship Opportunities

Berlin, 6 January 2016 – The Hertie School of Governance is now offering new scholarship and financial aid opportunities to those applying for a position in one of the master’s degree programmes. Students who already hold stipends with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation or any other German Begabtenförderungswerke (Sponsorship Organisation) and who meet the Hertie School’s selection criteria are to receive at least a 25 percent tuition waiver and stand a good chance of obtaining a full scholarship. Further stipends cater specifically for students who are of the first generation in their families to receive higher education as well as for those who have a background in natural sciences or engineering and who wish to apply for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of International Affairs (MIA). Moreover, bachelor’s degree graduates from developing nations or crisis regions may receive special stipends.

Innovation

USA, Innovation: Real or Just Another Buzzword?

We have become so accustomed to buzzwords in our environment that it is almost natural to adopt a new word to describe a new year and public administration is no exception. So, what are our plans as a discipline of study and practice to innovate anything about what we do or how we think? Who governs our discipline of study?

Gender Equality

8 March 2016 OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Taking place on International Women’s Day, the OECD will host a conference to consider policy approaches to closing leadership gender gaps in the public and corporate sectors.

Moving beyond the quota debate, the event will foster a policy dialogue on existing barriers and missing opportunities for women in decision-making positions, and their impact on broader social and economic outcomes. The discussions will be underpinned by a policy brief on new trends, international benchmarks and good practice.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will welcome senior decision-makers from the public and corporate worlds, experts, academics, and other stakeholders to this event.