PA News 19/04/2016

Inequality

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

When it comes to global wealth inequality, we know how bad it’s getting, but what do we know about who is responsible? When Oxfam reports that 1% of the world population owns more than the other 99% put together, the question arises: who or what is making the rich so much richer, and the poor so much poorer? It turns out we know surprisingly little about the key actors behind this momentous change. This creates a problem for policy makers who want to stop or reverse the growth of wealth inequality. The trend cannot be arrested without understanding its sources. The research I’ve conducted over the past eight years suggests that some of the most important players have been overlooked: wealth managers. They are an elite group of lawyers, accountants, bankers and others who protect the fortunes of their high-net-worth clients from tax authorities and creditors, among others. To achieve these ends, wealth managers design complex, often multi-national structures composed of trusts, foundations and offshore corporations—the building blocks of tax avoidance, and law avoidance more generally. There are at least 20 000 wealth managers spread across 95 countries, and their control of billions in private capital flows plays a […]

Migration

UNHCR urges immediate safeguards to be in place before any returns begin under EU-Turkey deal

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 1 April 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is today urging parties to the recent EU-Turkey agreement on refugees and migrants to ensure all safeguards are in place before any returns begin. This is in light of continued serious gaps in both countries.

UNHCR does not object to returns of people without protection needs and who have not asked for asylum, providing that human rights are adhered to.

Across Greece, which has been compelled to host people because of closed borders elsewhere in Europe, numerous aspects of the systems for receiving and dealing with people who may need international protection are still either not working or absent. There are currently around 51,000 refugees and migrants in the country, 5000 on the islands and 46,000 on the mainland. Recent arrivals spiked on 29th March at 766 after several days of arrivals averaging about 300 people a day.

Le HCR appelle à la mise en œuvre immédiate de garanties avant le début des retours dans le cadre de l’accord UE-Turquie

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Melissa Fleming – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 1 avril 2016 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR appelle aujourd’hui les parties ayant convenu du récent accord UE-Turquie sur les réfugiés et les migrants à assurer que toutes les garanties soient mises en place avant le début des retours, et ce du fait de lacunes graves et persistantes dans les deux pays, la Grèce et la Turquie.

Le HCR appelle aujourd’hui les parties ayant convenu du récent accord UE-Turquie sur les réfugiés et les migrants à assurer que toutes les garanties soient mises en place avant le début des retours, et ce du fait de lacunes graves et persistantes dans les deux pays, la Grèce et la Turquie.

Le HCR ne remet pas en question les retours de personnes n’ayant pas besoin de protection internationale et n’ayant déposé aucune demande d’asile, à condition que les droits humains soient respectés.

La Grèce est contrainte d’accueillir des personnes en raison de la fermeture des frontières ailleurs en Europe. Dans ce pays, de nombreux aspects des systèmes de réception et de traitement des demandes d’asile déposées par les personnes ayant besoin d’une protection internationale demeurent inopérants ou absents. On compte actuellement environ 51 000 réfugiés et migrants dans le pays, dont 5000 sur les îles et 46 000 sur le continent. Les arrivées se sont récemment accrues en date du 29 mars avec 766 personnes, alors qu’environ 300 arrivées quotidiennes en moyenne avaient été observées les jours précédents.

Evaluation

Framework to review models

Models generate the information on which a wide range of decisions are formed, from forecasting policy outcomes to estimating the financial feasibility of major infrastructure programmes. Errors can be very costly and highly embarrassing.

To aid those seeking to determine whether a model is robust and reasonable, this framework covers seven stages from reviewing the model concept to ensuring that the outputs produced by the model are robust, well communicated and used by decision-makers. It covers issues such as governance arrangements, and the quality of data and assumptions. It has the flexibility to be used for models of all levels of complexity and business risk, from relatively simple spreadsheets to detailed forecasts using specialist software. Its application can be tailored according to time and resource available, and the level of assurance needed to reach a judgement.

Events

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequalitySymposium AIRMAP 2016

The International Association for Research in Public Management (AIRMAP) founded in 2010 brings together institutions as well as French and foreign researchers specialized in the areas of public management and public policy. A place of exchange between academia and public players in action, AIRMAP is also a place to explore ideas and new tools to improve public action.
The last AIRMAP symposia focused on “Public Management and Public Policy to the test of the international crisis” (Versailles-Saint-Quentin, June 2011) on “Public Values” (Paris 2, December 2012), or on “Public Management: and if the ends justified the means” (Aix-en-Provence, May 2014), or” New public management of territories ” for the 4th symposium of the AIRMAP (Lyon, May 2015)  The Poitiers Symposium on 2 and 3 June 2016 will focus on “Public management between trust and distrust”

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequalityMediterranean 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.

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality4th FORUM

The Mediterranean Commission of UCLG is organising the 4th edition of this important event in Sousse (Tunisia).

To learn more about the Forum and its 4th edition, click HERE and follow news on Twitter @uclg_med.

To receive news of the Forum and be sure to get the registration form, please sent an email to contact@commed-cglu.org with your full adresse.

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

Governance, State Building and the Rule of Law

On the occasion of the 6th Annual Conference of the GIFT-MENA Network, policy-makers, experts and practitioners met in Marrakech to discuss Capacity in Government as an important enabler of Human Development, Growth and Stability in the Arab world and to advance the governance agenda in MENA. Issues of institutional resilience, performance and transparency, Open Government and innovation in the public sector as well as the challenges and opportunities of partnership-building and South-South cooperation were explored. Donors and regional and international organizations were also present to shed the light on international trends and to better understand the issues at stake across the region.

The present publication summarizes the works of the conference and the recommendations resulting from two days of active dialogue and exchange.

Research

Argentina : Third  Conference on Research in Politics & Government (III Jornadas de Investigación en Política y Gobierno)

On 12 and 13 April, more than 30 specialists will at the Campus Miguelete under the axis “State and public policies in Argentina: New challenges in the light of research.” This is the third annual meeting organized by the EPyG. Free admission No previous registration required.

After its first edition in 2014 and a second event in 2015, the Conference on Research in Politics and Government are consolidated as an important meeting point for researchers, academics and students in undergraduate and graduate of the School of Politics and Government(EPyG).

Innovation

Making multi-stakeholder governance work

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequalityThe Internet is a place where the complexity of multi-stakeholder innovation works, writes Rajnesh Singh.

The Internet is unique in many ways, not least because it is inherently decentralised: a network of thousands of autonomous networks, making bottom-up governance.

A thriving example of this openness is the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a more organised descendant of the ad-hoc sessions engineers and scientists had, when they needed to agree on protocols that connected networks to each other. In telecommunications, standards are generally set by states and private firms, which are subsequently ratified by standardisation bodies such as the Telecommunication Standardization Centre, ITU and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE ) before being applied globally.

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

EPA Hearing Serves as Case Study in Politics and Administration

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recent hearing is a good case study in politics and administration. It highlights the importance of legislation and congressional oversight (the political side) and an agency’s rulemaking and enforcement actions (the administrative side).

On Feb. 11, 2016, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified for three hours before the House Agriculture Committee. The topic of this hearing was the impact of EPA’s actions on the rural economy. Much of the hearing addressed EPA’s recent Clean Water Rule, which clarifies the scope of the term “waters of the United States.”

Students can learn a lot by sampling portions of the hearing and EPA’s regulation and related documents.

Click here to view original web page at patimes.org

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality‘Automating administration could save billions’

Government could make big savings for public services by taking out a layer of administrative functions that could be automated, an academic and former Cabinet Office adviser has claimed.

Mark Thompson (pictured), lecturer at the Judge Business School in Cambridge, originally made the case on the Guardian Public Leaders Network and told UKAuthority that the move could potentially provide billions of pounds for frontline services.

Senegal: Renewal of public service and administrative modernization – Macky Sall gives the recipe (Renouveau du service public et modernisation de l’administration – Macky Sall donne la recette)

In order to promote strong economic growth, backed by the Emerging Senegal Plan (Pse), the head of state, Macky Sall, has invited all the national directors to dare to change what’s slowing down the march towards progress.

He therefore asked them to change their relationship with work, by establishing discipline, attendance and punctuality.

The president was speaking on Saturday 9 April at the Senegalese National Public Administration Forum taking place at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre (Cicad).

Public Finances

The transformations of public action through the prism of financial and accounting reforms (Les transformations de l’action publique au prisme des réformes comptables et financières)

Recent transformations of public action redefine public space and collective modes of action. They modify the inherited borders and relations between levels : public and private, central and local, European and national. In this context, the accounting standard is the counterpart of the financial coordination between these different levels of public administration. It plays a major role as a way as well as means of representation  coordination and organisation of this public space and collective action. This special issue analyses the transformations of public action through the prism of financial and accounting reforms which carry them and influence. Researchers and institutional specialists in these matters draw up the challenges of these reforms for the coordination and evaluation of public policies and for the functioning and existence of public administrations in their specificities.

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

Financing Democracy

The recent debate on the role of money in politics has shed the light on the challenges of political finance regulations. What are the risks associated with the funding of political parties and election campaigns? Why are existing regulatory models still insufficient to tackle those risks?

Coproduction

To have and have more: Wealth management and the growth of global inequality

Coproduction in Tunisia: second report of the Observatory (Coproduction en Tunisie : second rapport de l’Observatoire)

As a result of the global recession and the security crisis that continues, Tunisia has difficulties in attracting new foreign investors. The FDI inflows stagnated around $ 1.1 billion per year after reaching a peak at 3.3 billion in 2006. Even France, the leading partner of the Tunisian economy with nearly 15% of flows incoming FDI in 2014 and 1350 established companies (on about 3220 foreign companies), seems to adopt a wait-and-see position faced with the ongoing developments in Tunisia and the implementation of reforms.

Sustainable Governance

Conference | NGO Relations Republic of Korea to Host Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, 30 May—1 June

Event to Enable Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship:  Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”.  It will be the first time for the DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.

A complex international context and the 2030 Agenda The Latin American and Caribbean perspective

Presentation by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, at the X Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American States (CELAC).