PA News : 3/03/2016

Public Administration in Africa

Zambia: Public Service to Benefit From AAPAM

Public administration is one core function that any country cannot do without as it plays a key role in steering national development. Since 1960s, most African countries experienced a shift from the once ever-present system of authoritarian, single-party rule to multiparty rule.

The democratisation of the African countries, which has taken root, has also entailed a change in the way national affairs are being managed. With these changes overtime, management of both human and economic resources has drastically changed demanding new approaches.

Water Management

India’s looming water crisisIndia’s looming water crisis

Poor policies have left India in one of the worst positions in the world when it comes to water stress, Asit K Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada write. For the preparation of the annual Global Risks Report 2016 , the World Economic Forum asked 750 experts from all over the world what the likely global risks are, in terms of potential impacts and likelihood, over a 10-year period. The experts had to assess 29 separate global risks in terms of their importance. Failure of climate mitigation was identified as the current global risk of highest concern, and water crises was the third most pressing problem. Climate change affects the world primarily in terms of water, through both flood and drought. When taking into account the potential impacts over the next 10 years, nearly 40 per cent of the experts selected water crises, compared to some 37 per cent opting for climate change. India is no exception to this global trend. Signs of water stresses are all over the country, both in terms of availability and quality. The situation in India is worse than in many other countries due to decades of poor policies and practices. Sustained interest in water issues […]

Citizens’ Perception

“Quality of Life in European Cities” Survey sheds light on people’s satisfaction of their city

The European Commission has today released the results of the fifth Flash Eurobarometer survey on the “Perception of Quality of Life in European Cities”. The survey was conducted in a total of 79 European cities of all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. More than 40,000 people were interviewed on a range of urban issues.

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Public Policies

India’s looming water crisisBarcelonagov: Training and Governance (Barcelonagov: formación y gobernanza)

Barcelona’gov is a network of avanced research and training centres in governement and governance which was created in 2015 to give an impulse to a knowledge and excellence platform in public policies in general and more specifically, in urban management and policies.

The newtwork is specially aimed at practionners and actors involved in the system of urban governance.

Speech to the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Hon Bill English
Minister of Finance

Speech to the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Good afternoon.

It is a pleasure to speak with you again, for what I make as my eighth time as Finance Minister.

One of the best parts of my job is the number of public servants and services providers I get to meet.

Overwhelmingly I find we’re all driven by the same thing – getting better results for New Zealanders, and doing our best for the most vulnerable.

Trust in Public Administration

India’s looming water crisisUSA : Can Public Administrators Dispel American Fear of Government?

Professional public servants should be disheartened by the above survey results. Conducted in October 2015 and reported nationally by Time, the people we serve … fear us?

In November 2015, Pew Research Center released Samantha Smith’s “6 key takeaways about how Americans view their government.” While public trust is at a historic low, Americans believe elected officials, though intelligent, are more selfish and dishonest than those they represent. Congress, the news media, and the entertainment industry are considered institutions of negative influence. However, the report provides hope.


ETF : Managing migration = Managing skills

The EU’s external relations policies emphasise the need to increase opportunities in vocational education and training (VET) and enhance prospects for young people. Doing so will strengthen economic growth and political stability in the countries neighbouring the EU. Developing skills and supporting lifelong learning are central to the ETF’s work to help partner countries improve the employability and employment prospects of their citizens. By supporting partnerships, participatory dialogue and policy ownership, the ETF helps countries develop lasting reforms that deliver enduring societal benefits. In providing expertise to partner countries and EU institutions in the area of VET, skills and qualifications, the ETF reinforces the EU’s role as a global actor.

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General News

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