PA News : 25/03/2016

Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationPlanning for the Local Impacts of Climate Migration

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Katherine Voshell A young woman from Tuvalu holds up a sign asking for a place to live as her own home suffers from sea level rise in the background. Image source: Cool Heads for a Hot Planet Introduction Changing climate patterns have the potential to spur significant migration of populations displaced by flooding, economic collapse and other disasters over the next century. While much current policy attention is focused at the international and national levels (security, immigration, emergency housing), the long-term accommodation of climate migrants is largely a municipal issue. It is critical for regions to understand potential future migration patterns in order plan for adequate housing, services and economic opportunity in a way that leverages and preserves existing resources and that reinforces the values already in place. International Crisis, Regional Response The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that environmental changes due to climate change are responsible for 50 million climate migrants to date. Norman Myers of Oxford University predicts this number could climb as high as 200 million by 2050. To put that in perspective, as of […]

EaP Panel on Migration and Asylum: Irregular migration and human trafficking in light of current migration crisis in Europe

The impact of the current migration crisis on the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, particularly in terms of irregular migration and trafficking in human beings, will be the focus of an expert meeting of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum that will take place in Chisinau, Moldova on 14-15 April 2016. Representatives of the EU member-states and the EaP countries will attend the event.
The meeting agenda topics will include:
  • Overview of the migratory situation, particularly in the EaP countries and wider, in the context of the current migration crisis;
  • Irregular Migration and national responses in the context of the current migration crisis;
  • Trafficking in human beings as part of the migration crisis;
  • Mitigation measures, including information and awareness raising campaigns, assistance to returnees.
The event is co-organized by Moldova, Poland and the European Commission in cooperation with the Swedish Migration Agency and the IOM Mission in Ukraine.


Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationMediterranean forum

The Mediterranean Forum of Public Service aims to be a community of exchange and resources between public service schools from countries bordering the North and South sides of the Mediterranean Sea. This initiative was created during the first conference gathering public service schools, which took place on October 22nd and 23rd 2012 in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
This meeting was presided by the French Network for Public Service Schools and attended by approximately forty representatives of public service schools from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, all beneficiary countries of the Deauville Partnership.
Beyond French public service schools, it is also open to Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Cypriot and Maltese schools.
Its resources are available in French, Arabic and English.

8th Sino-U.S. International Conference for Public Administration

Event Date:
Tue, 06/14/2016 (All day) to Thu, 06/16/2016 (All day)
Beijing – Renmin University of China

Hosted by
School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, P.R. China

Co-Sponsored by
School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China
School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University at Newark, USA
Chinese Public Administration Society
American Society for Public Administration

Conference Chairs
Prof. Kaifeng Yang, Dean of School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, P.R. China
Prof. Marc Holzer, Dean of School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University at Newark, USA

“Public Governance Transformation and Public Value: Processes, Mechanisms, and Effects”

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Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationPerformance measurement as precursor to organizational assessment capacity building (La mesure de la performance, un élément essentiel au renforcement des capacités organisationnelles en évaluation des administrations publiques)

Professor Isabelle Bourgeois recently published an article in “Evaluation Journal of Australasia” (Vol. 16 No. 1 2016, pp. 11-18) “Performance measurement as precursor to organizational assessment capacity building”.

This paper presents the performance measure as essential to organizational capacity building in evaluation of public administrations. Indeed, these two functions both contribute to the improvement of public policies and management of resources in a complementary way: performance measurement (commonly known as “tracking”) allows continuous the production of data which relate to the outputs of programs and their immediate results, while the assessment throws a timely look at the impact of these policies on the ground.

Sustainable Developpement

Asia & the Pacific : Standing together will ensure we score in Sustainable Development Goals – Policy Forum

For the Sustainable Development Goals to make a difference, the region needs to take a more integrated approach, Shamshad Akhtar writes.

The Asia and the Pacific region is recognised for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity to lead on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a multidimensional, multisectoral and multiagency undertaking.

In 2016, the first year of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our region faces significant challenges: prioritising SDG implementation; pace and sequencing; meeting the massive data and statistics requirements; as well mobilising the necessary means of implementation.

Latin America : ECLAC Calls for Protecting Progress and Preventing Social Rollbacks in Light of Potential Increase in Regional Poverty

According to projections by the United Nations regional organization, 175 million people were living in situations of poverty in late 2015 in Latin America.

Poverty and indigence rates measured by income held steady in Latin America in 2014 versus the prior year (at 28.2% and 11.8% of the region’s population, respectively) and both are estimated to have increased in 2015, according to the report Social Panorama of Latin America 2015 presented today at a press conference in Santiago, Chile. In light of this, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) asked countries to protect the progress achieved in recent years and prevent social rollbacks amid a scenario of lower economic growth.


UK : Setting the policy agenda: the role of economic context, parliamentary majority and party membership

There are conflicting beliefs about the influence of parties on policy. Sceptical observers point to broken pledges and competing demands on governments’ legislative time; others decry overt partisanship. Yet, as Shaun Bevan and Zachary Greene argue, parties do drawpolicies towards their stated goals if they cannot complete their policy mandates.

Studies of partisan influence show that parties rarely pursue policies based primarily on their historical policy reputations. Important world events, the economy, and elections often shift the issues that parties address. But by changing our focus, we can counter the cynicism of past studies of party influence. Rather than making direct predictions of the specific policies and issues parties pursue, we can shift the analysis to look at how stable policy is over time.


Public Ininiative

Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationThe initiative on public service’s crossing of the desert (L’initiative sur le service public traverse un désert)

On 5 June, the Swiss vote on a text initiated by consumer magazines, which claims to improve the quality of public service, CFF, Post and Swisscom. It has no political support
Zero favorable vote, no abstentions. The popular initiative “In favor of public service”, on which we vote on June 5 set a record in parliament. It was rejected by 196 votes in the National Council and by 43 votes in the Council of States, without, therefore, any opposition or any abstention.

Launched by four consumer magazines, among them “Bon à Savoir” in French- speaking Switzerland, the initiative stems from complaints recorded by the four newsrooms from citizens upset by the crowded trains, late rail connections or closing of post offices. But the definition of the public service that the text wants to include in the Constitution is not seducing anyone outside the fold of these magazines. A real journey across the desert.


Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationLe code source des logiciels de l’administration librement accessible

L’administration fiscale s’apprête à ouvrir à tous le code de son calculateur d’impôts. En amont, la justice a confirmé que le code source d’un logiciel de l’administration est bien communicable.

En janvier 2015, la Commission d’accès aux documents administratifs (Cada) a émis un avis favorable à la communication par Bercy du code source d’un logiciel (calculateur d’impôts) produit par ses soins. Cet avis a été confirmé par le tribunal administratif de Paris dans une décision rendue le 18 février 2016, publiée le 10 mars, et repérée par NextInpact et l’April. Pour le tribunal, le code source d’un logiciel public est bien un document administratif auquel les administrés peuvent accéder.


Planning for the Local Impacts of Climate MigrationBientôt plus de flexibilité et d’autonomie dans l’administration fédérale

Le conseil des ministres a approuvé vendredi une série de mesures visant à améliorer de manière significative la flexibilité des ressources humaines et l’efficacité au gouvernement fédéral mais aussi à “simplifier” et “clarifier” la loi sur les mesures disciplinaires pour les agents de l’Etat fédéral, a annoncé le ministre de la Fonction publique, Steven Vandeput.

La première modification tient dans plus de responsabilisation du gouvernement fédéral. Les mesures adoptées par le gouvernement doivent permettre de déléguer à l’administration certains pouvoirs concrets au niveau politique.