PA News : 23/02/2016

Risk Management

The Global Risks Report 2016

Play The Global Risks Report 2016 features perspectives from nearly 750 experts on the perceived impact and likelihood of 29 prevalent global risks over a 10-year timeframe. The risks are divided into five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological. The report also examines the interconnections among the risks, and through that analysis explores three areas where global risks have the greatest potential to impact society. These are the concept of the “(dis)empowered citizen”, the impact of climate change on food security, and the potential of pandemics to threaten social cohesion. The report also takes an in-depth look at the how the global security landscape could evolve in the future; sharing the outcomes of a year-long study to examine current trends and possible driving forces for the future of international security. Speakers: • Adrian Monck, Head of Public Engagement and Foundations, World Economic Forum (moderator) • Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Head of Global Competitiveness and Risks, World Economic Forum • John Drzik, President, Global Risk and Specialties, Marsh • Espen Barth Eide, Head of Geopolitical Affairs, World Economic Forum • Cecilia Reyes, Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group

Public Policy

Elusive global growth outlook requires urgent policy response

18/02/2016-Achieving strong growth in the global economy remains elusive, with only a modest recovery in advanced economies and slower activity in emerging markets, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook.

The downgrade in the global outlook since the previous Economic Outlook in November 2015 is broadly based, spread across both advanced and major emerging economies, with the largest impacts expected in the United States, the euro area and economies reliant on commodity exports, like Brazil and Canada.

Cooperation in Europe

Eastern Partnership CSDP study trip in Helsinki

On 17-19 Feb twenty five government officials from different institutions of Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) gathered in Helsinki for a study trip on civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

The study trip aims at gathering decision makers from the authorities of EaP countries, responsible for participation in civilian crisis management missions. The main goal of the study trip is to share the knowledge and experience of Finland, one of the biggest contributors in the area of civilian CSDP.

The Global Risks Report 2016Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of public administration signed by Romania and UK

Deputy Prime Minister Vasile Dincu and UK Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock signed on Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of public administration, with the Romanian side being mainly interested in the means to restore the dignity of Romanian public servants.

Migration

European Council Conclusions on migration (18 February 2016)

II. MIGRATION

4. In response to the migration crisis facing the EU, the objective must be to rapidly stem the flows, protect our external borders, reduce illegal migration and safeguard the integrity of the Schengen area. As part of this comprehensive approach, the European Council assessed, on the basis of detailed reports from the Presidency and the Commission, the state of implementation of the orientations agreed in December.

Budget Policy

The Political Budget Cycle and Subnational Debt Expenditures in Federations: Panel Data Evidence from India

What political variables explain variations in subnational fiscal expenditures on interest payments on the debt? The author argues that the political budget cycle and center-right political party ideology—rather than the effective number of parties, alternation of power, ideological proximity between the central government and constituent units, or most forms of political party ideology—can help explain the level of expenditures on interest payment of subnational debt in India. The core empirical finding is that significant increases in expenditures on the debt occur the year in which a state assembly election is held in India.

Capacity-Building

The Global Risks Report 2016

Africa 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.
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ACR overview

Integrity

The Global Risks Report 20162016 OECD Integrity Forum

FIGHTING THE HIDDEN TARIFF: GLOBAL TRADE WITHOUT CORRUPTION

  • Developing a long-term vision for clean trade
  • Preventing corruption in customs
  • Protecting your supply chain
  • Improving your business in emerging markets
  • Countering illicit trade

Data and Public Policy

Why sustainable development needs better data

Official statistics aren’t telling the whole story of development challenges in the region, writes Shamshad Akhtar.

Sustainable development is in the spotlight in 2016, which marks the start of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an initiative that is both aspirational and transformative.

The first priority for all national governments in planning for the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their 169 associated targets, is to address the strengths and weaknesses of data sources, to swiftly determine how best to address the gaps, as well as the complexities of measurement. Rapid development of the capacities of national statistical institutions will be critical because, 15 years from now, by the end of the 2030 Agenda, there will be nearly half a billion more people living in the Asia-Pacific region, all of whom should have reliable access to energy, food, water, education and employment.

Rebooting Public Service Delivery – How can Open Government Data help drive innovation?

The policy context for the United Arab Emirates

The rise of ‘liquid data’ – open, available and shareable data

By opening up government data to citizens, public institutions become more transparent and accountable to the people they serve. By encouraging available and shareable data, governments can help promote innovative, citizen-centric services.

Opening up this data also provides the opportunity to involve innovators from inside and outside governments to create innovative ways to tackle new and existing problems. This has the potential to increase public sector efficiency and effectiveness.

This comparative study highlights new opportunities emerging for public sector innovation while raising awareness on some of the main implications that need to be tackled to successfully attain the benefits.

The study presents how OECD countries are dealing with these issues and how this can inspire the United Arab Emirates to further advance their existing use of open data to foster innovative service delivery.

Reforms

ALCA An administration to rebuild

Like the administration of the State, which took a few months in advance, that of the great region has to restructure. At the maneuver, François Bouchard, appointed Director General of services in early January by Philippe Richert. Former DGS of the Alsace region, who knows the administration (see below), had worked upstream with his two colleagues of Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine to imagine how some 7,500 agents could work. But nothing had been decided to allow the next president to take control.

New Public Management

New public management: Do Public Administrations Leave Too Much Room for the Private Sector ? (Video)

For several years, We’ve been talking about the new public management. This is known for modernizing public administrations, introduce new methods, which would be more suited to the challenge and complexity of our modern societies. For many however, the new public management means to take inspiration from the private sector to improve the management of public affairs. Should we be worried? Interview with ENAP Professor and chartered accountant Marie-Soleil Tremblay.

Sustainable Development

Inclusive policy formulation and integration in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals

The paper entitled “Inclusive policy formulation and integration in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals”, prepared by Margaret Saner, member of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, taking into account contributions by Committee members Meredith Edwards and Rowena Bethel, is hereby transmitted in accordance with the provisional annotated agenda of the fifteenth session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (see E/C.16/2016/1). The content of and the views expressed in the paper are those of the author and do not imply any expression of opinion on the part of the United Nations.

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