In recent years Latin America has reduced inequality, but the outlook for slow economic growth threatens to reverse this trend. Inequality, one of the historical burdens in Latin America, is among the factors that paralyzes economic and social aspirations of most countries in the region. It can be observed when comparing rural and urban landscapes, can be seen in the unbalanced income between different social groups, and is most evident in the major Latin American cities, where impoverished slums coexist with tall luxurious buildings. But since the beginning of this century there is reason for hope: while inequality increased significantly in developed regions in the last decade, Latin American countries managed to reduce it timidly, according to data emerging from the Gini coefficient, the most widespread indicator to measure levels of inequality. In 2003 Latin America had 0.542 points in the Gini index in 2013 fell to 0.486, a reduction of 10% (the index rate to 0-1 countries depending on their inequality with 0 being a fully egalitarian country). […]
Regional and Local Government
5th General COST-LocRef MC and WG Meeting
Bern (Switzerland), 30-31 March 2016
General COST-LocRef MC and WG Meeting
Supporting country-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
20 Jan 2016 – “If 2015 was a year of global sustainable development action, 2016 must be a year of national SDG traction,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a briefing to the General Assembly on 14 January. UN-DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development is engaged in a number of activities that seek to help the national-level rollout of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including direct capacity development assistance to the pilot countries Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Honduras, Jordan, Togo, Uganda, and Viet Nam. UN-DESA’s activities seek to assist these countries in translating the 2030 Agenda into local circumstances while maintaining the common core essence and ambition of the global Agenda.
22 January 2016 – Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), its current President today highlighted the organ’s central role in realizing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
“We have a rich history in ECOSOC, but the bar has been raised,” the Council’s President, Oh Joon, told UN officials and delegates attending the commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York.
Civil Society and PA
On 15 January 2016, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Secretariat launched a second call for proposals under a re-granting scheme that aims to support projects contributing to the Forum’s policy-making and advocacy objectives at the EU-level. Applications are open until 21 February 2016. The proposals should focus on advancing reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries by strengthening the involvement of civil society actors in policy domains with a regional perspective.
Germany : Digital Administration: The long road through the institutions (Digitale Verwaltung: Der lange Weg durch die Institutionen)
Even simple things like a change of address or vehicle registration still require a public authority. Only in exceptional cases is a settlement possible online. In theory, the German authorities have long recognized that there is no way back from digitization. In practice, they are lagging far behind in international development in the field of eGovernment. From “Ease Unlimited” is so far little evidence. Why is that?
An analysis of Gerhard Hammerschmid and Lorenz Löffler.
The digital revolution has reached the public administration in Germany. In 2010, its own IT Planning was established as a body for the federal cooperation on issues of digitization. In 2013, the Bundestag voted on the E-Government Act to create the conditions for time- and location-independent management services.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.
Social media is more than just looking at pictures, “liking” my friends’ posts or commenting on news feeds on my page; it is partly how I get my news. Before going to CNN or MSNBC, I see what is trending. In today’s world, social media is how a majority of our society communicates and receives daily news.
According to a Pew Research Center study, when you take into account both the total reach of a site (the share of Americans who use it) and the proportion of users who get news on the site, Facebook is the obvious news powerhouse among social media sites. Therefore, it is no surprise that social media has a strong and growing influence on emergency management. When disaster strikes, many look to social media for their initial source of information. It has become second nature to see what is trending. With that realization, disaster relief organizations now have a prominent presence on social media.
The Pentagon, Apple, major European media websites … computer hacking and intrusion (or takeover) scandals by hackers in networks deemed ultra-secure multiplied in recent years. Security and defense services for businesses holding personal, banking or sensitive data about millions of customers, these attacks generate costs becoming increasingly important. According to Jean-Luc Vez, head of security at the World Economic Forum, “the impact of cybercrime totaled around $ 450 billion,” taking into account the harm suffered, the costly strategies put in place to protect oneself .. .
Forget the stereotypes of the mammoth to be taken down and the technostructure impossible to reform! The public sector is also a purveyor of best practices.
In terms of innovation or marketing, Google, Apple or Nespresso seem to attract attention. “Most companies see them as unique models to follow, says Benoît Meyronin, consultant and professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management. They could however also eyeing the side of the public service which, despite difficult business to manage, has been innovating in recent years. If it is often accused on being slow to move, it must be admitted that this sector is also a hotbed of good practices. “A speech tht is at odds with mainstream thinking, but that is beginning to resonate.
Spain: 1300 local authorities already benefit from the service of the Portal of Transparency in the cloud
The Directorate of Information Technology and Communications (DTIC), Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, aware of the needs that local authorities have to undertake to comply with the provisions of the Transparency, access to public information and good government, made available to all interested the service Transparency Portal in the cloud to local authorities.
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of CEPAL, speaking on Public Integrity, social demand in the region as well as the work of the CEPAL in creating and generating useful information for society.
On the occasion of 70 years of ENA, Nathalie Loiseau, the head of the institution, outlines the changes and developments that improve education, diversifying the profiles and increase parity within public high-function.
Cyberbullying in the Australian public sector is causing stress, reducing job satisfaction and harming productivity, says a new study by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The 2015 study – which involved interviews with 600 public servants across local, state and federal government – found that 72 per cent had experienced or witnessed cyberbullying over the last six months, with 74 per cent ranking their workplace as highly stressful.
24th NISPAcee Annual Conference – Invitation | NISPAcee Information Portal
On behalf of the Organisers, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 24thNISPAcee Annual Conference in Zagreb, Croatia, organised by NISPAcee and the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.
The main theme of the conference is Spreading Standards, Building Capacities: European Administrative Space in Progress. We are witnessing a specific process of spreading various standards throughout Europe, both in the east and the west. These standards stand out and are the result of efforts to increase public administration capacities to cope with the increasingly complex and worst problems of the contemporary world.
ENAP Quebec Newsletter : Public policy and management in developing and emerging countries
This first issue of 2016 of the Observgo selection is the result of collaboration between the teams of the ’Observatoire de l’administration publique and the Direction des affaires internationales of ENAP. evoted entirely to public policy and management in developing and emerging countries, this selection is intended to highlight the evolution of standards and practices in these countries which, in many ways, changing the way they do to meet the multiple societal, economic and political challenges facing them.