PA News : 25/05/2016

Anti-Corruption

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionThis could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruption

E-procurement could save money and prevent corruption. Corruption is a huge problem across the globe. In Africa, it is estimated that one-quarter of the continent’s GDP is “lost to corruption each year.” In Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank believes that corruption may cost 10% of GDP every year. In the only comprehensive overview based on surveys of businesses and households, the World Bank puts the total direct cost of corruption at $1 trillion annually. The international community has time and again reaffirmed its intent to stamp out corruption, most recently last year, when the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals . Yet, as the Copenhagen Consensus, the think tank I head, has documented , for all the well-intentioned policies, there have been few successes. One study examined the 145 countries that introduced institutional reforms with the support of the World Bank or other donor agencies from 1998 to 2008. Comfortingly, government effectiveness improved in half the countries. Unfortunately, effectiveness actually worsened in the other half, suggesting no overall effect. But now we may have some unambiguously good news in tackling corruption: an intervention that can make a large impact for a surprisingly low cost. In Bangladesh, the […]

Moldova: Public agents learn to identify and to mitigate corruption risks in the public procurement process

5 trainings for the staff of the internal audit sections of central public authorities and Chisinau municipality city hall will be organized during the mentioned period. A total of approximately 100 public agents will be trained.

Trainings are conducted within the project „Strengthening the Corruption Prevention and Analysis Function of the National Anticorruption Center”, implemented by the UNDP Moldova with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Migration

The Migrant Crisis: Can it be Managed? A Conversation with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier

More than a million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe since 2015, sparking a political and humanitarian crisis across the continent. As countries have struggled to cope with the exodus, the EU is experiencing further division and dissent over how best to regain control of its external borders and what to do with the large influx of asylum seekers. The continuing conflict in Syria remains by far the biggest driver of migration, however, violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, failed states, poverty, climate change and terrorism have created a crisis that is one of the major challenges to peace and security in Europe and beyond.

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionEU to propose new funds to stop migration at source

The European Commission is preparing a new proposal to spend billions in public and private money to stop migration before it starts, by boosting investment in countries of origin, mainly in Africa.

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said Monday that she and Frans Timmermans, the Commission’s first vice president, will unveil the new plan in early June.

The plan would include spending up to €60 billion, mostly raised from private sources but with an EU contribution of around €4.5 billion, according to media reports. But diplomats said Monday that no final figure had been decided.

Innovation

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruption

LIPSE FINAL CONFERENCE Innovation in the Public Sector: Findings and recommendations on overcoming barriers to innovation

This interactive conference will bring professionals and academics together to discuss the latest insights on innovation in the public sector.

The conference will take place on June 16th in Brussels, Belgium at the boutique hotel “Le Chatelain” (Address: Rue du Châtelain 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium).

There will be keynote presentations by Prof. Dr. Victor Bekkers and Prof. Dr. Stephen Osborne, leading scholars in the field of public sector innovation. Furthermore, the research findings and policy recommendations of our six research themes will be presented and discussed:

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionOECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2016

The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy deepens the 2012 Review by focusing on six policy initiatives central to the 2008 and 2012 Swedish Research and Innovation Bills.

Open Data: towards the transparent administration

When it comes to discuss about “open data”, the majority of people usually ask numerous questions. They think “open” data is information publicly available in the Internet.

The idea of open data is comparatively new one and it experienced growing popularity during the last decade. It envisages providing free access to certain types of data in the machine–readable format.

This format allows processing of data and creation of new products on their basis meeting the needs of broad population. According to the specialists, data in the network are mostly in the closed format, which does not allow usage in developing new products.

Uzbekistan: Scale-up of E-SUD e-justice system was discussed at Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict civil court

An official delegation, consisting of Mr. Rick Stoddard, Senior Advisor and Mr. John Wilcox, Director, Budget, Administration, Planning and Performance at the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, as well as Mr. Farid Garakhanov, UNDP Resident Representative in Uzbekistan visited Mirzo-Ulugbek interdistrict court on civil cases in Tashkent city, to observe the progress in scale-up of E-SUD e-justice system. The guests were hosted by Kholmumin Yodgorov, Chairperson of the Judicial Board on Civil Cases of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Sustainable Governance

 Acclimatization of public policies on climate change (L’acclimatation des politiques publiques aux changements climatiques)

Professor Moktar Lamari signs – with Johann Jacob Line Poulin-Larivière and Jessica Bouchard – a report entitled “Adapting to climate change, acclimatization of public policies: Measures and excesses of climate change adaptation in coastal areas in major OECD countries “, presented to Natural Resources Canada and the Consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, “Ouranos”.

This report deals successively woth each country through fact sheets: Australia, Canada, USA, France, New Zealand, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Thirty-sixth session of ECLAC

The session is the most important event of each biennium for ECLAC. It provides a forum for the consideration of issues of importance for the economic and social development of the countries of the region and an opportunity to review the progress of the Commission’s activities and oversee its work. The ECLAC secretariat will present the position document Horizons 2030: equality at the centre of sustainable development , which will be examined in depth by ministers, the heads of international organizations, experts and other stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean, at a high-level seminar to be held on 26 and 27 May. On the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals and in the light of global economic trends, the document examines the policies and partnerships that the region will need in order to move towards a development path capable of ensuring greater equality and environmental sustainability.

Governance

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionLouis Demers: What Is Governance (Qu’est-ce que la gouvernance ?)

Video invitation to the symposium “From administration to university governance: forwards or backwards” organized by the Federation of Quebec professors and university professors (FQPPU) as part of the ACFAS Congress. The conference will take place on 9 and 10 May 2016 at UQAM.

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionWe need adaptive governance. How do we get it?

Processing and sharing information can be a matter of saving lives, as is emphasized by the case of terrorist attacks in Belgium. After the Brussels attacks, information about the terrorists seemed to be available to governments in advance and shared between them without being used. Obvious questions are asked by media and politicians: What information was available? Why were the terrorists not arrested? Who was responsible? To us, this example show the risks of not having adaptive governance.

Performance

USA; Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

GAO’s 2016 Annual Report identified 12 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in federal programs and activities. GAO also identified 59 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Related work and GAO’s Action Tracker—a tool that tracks progress on GAO’s specific suggestions for improvement—are available here.

In its 2016 report, GAO presents 92 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 37 areas that span a broad range of government missions and functions.

Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future

The 21-country COCOPS survey of top public executives on public sector reform is now available in open access.

Click here to view original web page at dbk.gesis.org

Public Service

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruptionFrance: European and international mobility symposium on June 9, 2016 (Colloque mobilité européenne et internationale le 9 juin 2016)

“The development of the European and international mobility of public officials” chaired by Annick Girardin, Minister of Public Service, with the participation of the Ministries of Public Service of Germany, Canada and the Province of Quebec and in connection with the OECD.

Thursday 9 June 2016;  9H – 17H

at the Centre de conférence Pierre Mendès France (139, rue de Bercy 75012 Paris)

France: Careers of civil servants: what will change (Carrières des fonctionnaires : ce qui va changer)

Part of the officials bonuses will be transformed in index points. This is what includes a decree published in the Official Journal of 13 May 2016 under Article 148 of the Finance Act 2016. This measure was provided by the agreement on the future of public service signed by the government and six trade unions in 2015. Are concerned: the state, territorial and hospital civil servants, in active service or detached within the public service. .

Reforms

This could save governments millions of dollars and tackle corruption

Guinea: Reform of the Guinean administration: the big moult (Réforme de l’administration guinéenne: la grande mue)

“I found the country to the ground”. This is the particularly disconcerting conclusion that President Alpha Conde has drawn of the situation of near bankruptcy in which he took the reins of the country in December 2010. All the essential foundations of a real state have frayed over time with successive regimes which directed the destinies of the country.

The state, through its administration, looked like a big sick body that needed urgent rescue from the demeaning practices and systems that led to this state of no state. In these conditions, it was necessarily needed that the state be reborn from its ashes to respond, effectively and efficiently, to the wishes of both the people and the new challenges of the day.

Training

ETF – Torino Process: Jordan update

The Torino Process is an important tool for Jordan to develop its labour market , education and training systems as its population continues to grow.

The fourth round of the Torino Process – the vehicle that engages ETF partner countries to improve vocational education and training systems – is underway.

In Jordan, a larger than expected group of stakeholders – 38 – recently turned out to kick off the latest round of discussions. The workshop represented an important milestone for Jordan, as it takes ownership of organizing and collecting evidence from multiple actors.