Anti-Corruption Summit 2016
This summit is seeking to galvanise a global response to tackle corruption. As well as agreeing a package of actions to tackle corruption across the board, it will deal with issues including corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws, and the strengthening of international institutions.
This is the first summit of its kind, bringing together world leaders, business and civil society to agree a package of practical steps to:
- expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide
- punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption
- drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists
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World Bank: Tackling Corruption to Create a More Just and Prosperous World: Jim Yong Kim
On behalf of the World Bank Group, I thank the Government of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister David Cameron for his leadership in bringing us together to address the scourge of corruption. All over the world, citizens are rising in protest against governments that are perceived as corrupt. Corruption poses an enormous obstacle to economic and social development and the global goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, but we know that we can and must do much more to combat it.
Rwanda will host the 26th annual World Economic Forum on Africa starting Wednesday. Promoting innovation will be high on the agenda.
Leaders from ten African countries are expected at the forum this week in Kigali.
The goal of the World Economic Forum is to promote public-private partnership. And the theme of this year’s event in Africa is digital transformation, says forum spokesperson, Oliver Cann.
I Paid A Bribe: Using technology to fight corruption in India
Ipaidabribe.com harnesses the collective energy of Indian citizens against corruption by enabling them to report anonymously on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of demands for bribes. Venkatesh Kannaiah discusses the I Paid A Bribe initiative and the value of technology in tackling corruption, not just in India but globally.
This post forms part of our Anti-Corruption series. Catch up on previous posts here.
Started five years ago, I Paid a Bribe (IPAB) is an online initiative by Janaagraha that focuses on retail corruption. It is now the largest online crowdsourced anti-corruption platform in the world. IPAB uses a community model to collect bribe reports and to build a repository of corruption-related data across government departments. Most importantly, it empowers citizens, governments, and advocacy organisations to tackle retail corruption.
The UN General Assembly requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to prepare a report with recommendations on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.
The report focuses on three interdependent pillars. It calls for a new comprehensive framework and makes recommendations to address issues of common concern, including the causes of such movements, protecting those who are compelled to undertake such journeys and preventing discrimination and xenophobia frequently encountered.
Euro Mediterranean Migration IV (EUROMED Migration IV)
The objective of EUROMED Migration IV (2016-2019), a project financed by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD, is to support EU Member States and ENI Southern Partner Countries in establishing a comprehensive, constructive and operational dialogue and co-operation framework, with a particular focus on reinforcing instruments and capacities to develop and implement evidence-based and coherent migration and international protection policies.
Le Centre de Recherche sur la Décentralisation Territoriale (CRDT) organizes an international symposium at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, on Thursday 26 and Friday, May 27, 2016, on: “Financial autonomy of local authorities”.
In the context of the crisis of the decentralization reforms (Regions, cities, redefinition of local skills …) and public financial management policies in particular resulting in lower grants from the state, this international multidisciplinary conference will focus on the financial autonomy of local authorities. It is about questioning through proposed papers the local margin of maneuver regarding the authority on revenues, the power over spending and financial balance. Alongside the legal, socio-political and financial analysis, an historical and comparative dimension is planned (Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Italy, Taiwan) .:
South Africa: Local Government Changing Lives of South Africans for the Better – Van Rooyen
The South African government celebrates the 15th anniversary of local government this year with a proud evidence of the delivery of basic services to the historically marginalised millions of South Africans. South Africans who before 1994 regarded electricity as one of the resources reserved for the privileged and blessed few white people access electricity now, the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, Mr Des van Rooyen, told Members of the National Assembly (NA) in Parliament yesterday.
Serbia and World Bank Sign Loan to Support Public Administration Reform
BELGRADE, May 16, 2016 — Minister of Finance Dušan Vujović and World Bank Country Manager Tony Verheijen signed today a EUR 69 million (US$75 million equivalent) results based loan to support Serbia in improving efficiency in public sector employment and finances. The approval of the Program for Results on Modernization and Optimization of Public Administrationdemonstrates the Bank’s strong commitment to support ongoing reforms in Serbia’s public sector.
Regional conference for European Neighbourhood Policy countries, Jordan 10 May 2016
The review of the European Neighbourhood Policy in November 2015 outlines that an accountable public administration, both at central and local level, is key to democratic governance, as well as inclusive economic and social development. With The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for ENP Countries, OECD/SIGMA, in close co-operation with the European Commission, has defined in detail each of the six core areas of public administration reform (the strategic framework for public administration reform; policy development and co-ordination; public service and human resource management; accountability; service delivery; and public financial management).
Principles of Public Administration: SIGMA sets framework for reform in ENP Countries
The EU-funded programme SIGMA programme (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) organised a regional conference yesterday in Jordan to present a report on “The Principles of Public Administration: A Framework for ENP Countries”.
These Principles aim to support the national authorities, the Commission services and other donors to develop a shared understanding of what public administration reform (PAR) entails and what the countries could aim at with their administrative reforms, whether through comprehensive public administration reform (PAR) programmes or only in one of the core areas of PAR.
‘White elephants’ and ‘bridges to nowhere’– are infrastructure projects doomed to these cliches? What is the impact on countries’ prosperity, competitiveness and quality of life? What can be done?
The Governance Report 2016 includes:
- An analysis of persistent myths and changing needs in infrastructure governance
- An expert survey showing how successful projects hinge on governance in decision-making, and how the quality of political decision-making can be improved
- Case studies showing innovations in the governance of public infrastructure projects
- An appraisal of the often overlooked but pivotal role of sub-national governments in public investment
- An analysis of risks to implementing projects over the course of their life cycle, showing what factors enable success
- Tools for meeting infrastructure time frames, budgets, and delivery objectives
- Indicators that assess governments’ capacities to plan, manage, and carry out infrastructure projects
A joint undertaking of the Hertie School of Governance and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals presents an immediate challenge. In particular, the financing required for new infrastructure (including clean water, healthcare, and access to energy for all) is huge–amounting to about $5 trillion per year globally. Given limited government resources, a considerable amount of private finance will be required to fill this gap, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been seen as a possible modality through which to attract these additional resources.
France: The government wants to improve life-long training of civil servants (Le gouvernement veut améliorer la formation tout au long de la vie des fonctionnaires)
Consultation on the development of skills and career support launched on 12 April by Annick Girardin is ongoing. A second meeting on life-long training of civil servants was held on Monday, May 2, which mostly gave way to a disappointing record of the 2007 reforms “We were quite critical about what the 2007 legislations which has enabled the creation of the individual right to training (DIF), has not produced. Public servants are not always properly informed about their rights and the rights can be mobilized in a rather contained framework “, says Brigitte Jumel, Secretary General of the Union of the Federations of Public Service Professionals (Uffa-CFDT), at the end of a meeting on life-long training of civil servants organized May 2. Added to this are financial constraints, including the decline in the contribution CNFPT, insisted the unions during the meeting with the DGAFP. Too few DIF agreements are concluded, and the training required in this context primarily relate to preparations for competitions, said Julien Fonte, FSU representative.
Colombia: VII Coloquio Internacional sobre Políticas Públicas, organizado por el GIPPC-ALACIP
Vea la programación completa del coloquio aquí: Programación VII Coloquio Políticas Públicas 27-28 Mayo 2016