EU: Mobile Age project: making senior citizens benefit from open government data
Mobile Age project logo On 1 February 2016, ten European partners launched the Mobile Age project. Aiming to develop inclusive mobile access to public services using open government data, Mobile Age targets a group of citizens that are usually marginalised when it comes to technical innovations but which is rapidly growing in number and expectations: European senior citizens. While more and more public services are made available online only, older persons’ needs and wishes towards digital services are rarely understood and taken in account. This deficit is often exacerbated by their lower digital skills and poor access to the internet. In order to cope with this, Mobile Age is based on the concept of co-creation: it will develop mobile open government services that are created together with senior citizens. To do so, Mobile Age will develop four pilots in collaboration with public authorities across Europe: South Lakeland (UK); Bremen (Germany); Region of Central Macedonia (Greece); and Zaragoza (Spain). There, older persons themselves will decide which services they want to access, which kind of applications they would like to use, and which requirements in terms of accessibility and mobility they opt for.
This blog post is an excerpt from GovLoop’s recent guide, Mapping Government’s Journey to the Cloud: 8 Success Stories. The guide includes interviews with federal, state and local officials who have overcome common barriers to cloud adoption, including procurement and security. Download the full guide here to get their insights and tips for success.
Colorado’s Chief Technology Officer David McCurdy isn’t alone in his quest to make the state a leader in delivering cloud services. But McCurdy doesn’t want that designation just for the sake of it.
“We want to be driving better customer outcomes and better citizen outcomes,” he said. “Colorado takes pride that we’re bringing the best in cloud business to our citizens.”
City officials are facing increasingly complex challenges. As urbanization rates grow, cities face higher demand for services from a larger and more densely distributed population. On the other hand, rapid changes in the global economy are affecting cities that struggle to adapt to these changes, often resulting in economic depression and population drain.
“Open innovation” is the latest buzz word circulating in forums on how to address the increased volume and complexity of challenges for cities and governments in general.
But, what is open innovation?
A national framework for innovation is a good start, but innovation is driven by local dynamics, writes Simon White.
The Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (the Agenda) presents the case for innovation. Innovation, we are told, “keeps us competitive”, creates jobs and keeps “our standard of living high”. Innovation is about “new and existing businesses creating new products, processes and business models”.
The Agenda recognises the diversity of innovation outcomes: from urban-based “tech entrepreneurs” to farmers “using new technology” and businesses “bringing new products to market”. What it overlooks is the local context for nurturing innovation.
The Agenda will only succeed if it is complemented by state and, importantly, local government efforts designed to deepen the reach of innovation processes and respond to unique local opportunities and constraints.
France: Smart city and citizen – A feed back (Smart city et citoyen – Le compte rendu)
On 11 May 2016, France Strategy associated with the ” Objets connectés et intelligents France” think tank, organised a panel discussion involving startups, large groups and public authorities, to confront the visions of the smart city.
The development of connected objects is a social competitiveness and region attractiveness issue. The anticipated innovations will engage cities in a transition that is expected to optimize mobility, achieve energy savings, better manage pollution … and thus improve the quality of life in the city.
Corruption is way too easy in many places. Weak capacity, or will, to control it is the challenge. And, as Mo Ibrahim has said, high-income countries have gifted the corrupt with all manner of ways to hide their money. Corruption is a worldwide reality, one that afflicts—and originates in—the public and private sectors of industrialized, emerging and developing countries.
The good news for Africa is that 14 of its 54 countries, including Botswana, Ghana, and Senegal, rank in the top half of all countries in the Worldwide Governance Indicators “control of corruption” category. Yet 34 African countries are in the bottom third. This translates to a major waste of public resources, loss of tax revenues, and reduced investment, and is thus a major brake on development and growth—not to mention equality and security.
Putting an End to Corruption
Corruption is a severe impediment to sustainable economic, political and social progress for countries at all levels of development. Businesses forego innovation and competitiveness for bribery, while individuals within governments divert funds for their own personal use that should be used to promote the wellbeing of people. As such, corruption has also contributed to the sharp rise in income and wealth inequality we have observed over the last decades. Corruption is also an aggravating factor in the current refugee crisis by making people-smuggling easier for organised criminals and it undermines efforts to mitigate climate change by facilitating illegal logging. And corruption will be a major hurdle to achieving the 2030 Sustainable DevelopmentAgenda.
Whistleblowing in the MENA Region Reports
Transparency International has issued reports about whistleblowing in several countries of the MENA region.
- EGYPT WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- LEBANON WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- TUNISIA WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- JORDAN WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- PALESTINE WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- MOROCCO WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
- YEMEN WHISTLEBLOWING OVERVIEW
While waiting for peace negotiations in Kuwait to help end the year of conflict in Yemen after claiming thousands of mainly civilian lives, Yemenis are striving for security to be restored to get back to their normal lives. For a whole year of war—until now—and for four years of political unrest prior to it, people have been worn out by deteriorating living standards and the lack of basic services: food, medicine, fuel, and, above all, security.
Yemenis feel an urgent need for basic public services, despite showing an exceptional degree of resilience and adaptation to difficulties, their distinctive trait throughout history.
Looking forward to a political settlement, the next step for political factions must be directed toward gaining public trust and confidence, initially through the delivery of public services. Yemenis have always held out hope for a better quality of life, with less suffering and more economic inclusion, even although development plans have failed repeatedly since the mid-1990’s.
Kazakhstan: Global conference on “professional civil service for the successful implementation of institutional reforms” was held within the AEF
Minister of Civil Service Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Talgat Donakov, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana Mr. Alikhan Baimenov and Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Bolatbek Abdrassilov gave a welcoming address to the delegates.
Training in PA
India: Showcasing Global Best Practices in Citizen Centric Governance at 2nd National Symposium on Excellence in Training (NSET)
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is organising the 2nd National Symposium on Excellence in Training (NSET) on May 27-28, 2016 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India in a sequel to the 1st NSET held on April 11-12, 2015 with overarching theme of citizen centric governance. The basic objective is to provide an annual national platform to stakeholders involved in training to promote sharing of good practices and instil a quality of excellence in training. The details of Symposium are available on the NSET website (www.nset.gov.in).
Poverty and Growth
This report considers looks at which public governance principles, tools and arrangements countries can use to enable a whole-of-government shift towards inclusive growth.
Is Good Governance Key To Eliminating Poverty?
Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development. Anis Chowdhury held senior positions in the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Bangkok.
But the disappointing results of SAPs had to be explained away, and blaming poor or bad governance provided a convenient explanation which did not challenge the economic rationale for the SAPs. Bad governance was also convenient to blame to excuse poor aid effectiveness.
Latin America: productive empowerement, an effective way against poverty (Empoderamiento productivo, una vía efectiva contra la pobreza)
“As a child I remember that with my dad, we harvested one quintile daily coffee, and that was not enough to keep the whole family. Now, thanks to harvesting techniques and the management of our company, we harvested 50 or 60 quintiles a day. We have built a house, children go to school with their uniforms, and all that because we learned to be entrepreneurs, to value our product and negotiate the price of our harvest. “
This is what he Jose Vargas, coffee producer, told me in the basin of the Panama Canal, on a recent trip I made to the country to see the progress of a project of productive empowerment.
Public accountability – A summary analysis (PDF Download Available)
Accountability is a very widespread concept and one of the key principles of modern public governance. The concept involves an obligation to account, or answer, for the way in which an organization has fulfilled responsibilities that have been entrusted to it (Facal & Mazouz, 2013). In other words, when a public duty has been delegated, the individual or organization concerned must show itself to be accountable and justify its actions in connection with theduty. Accountability has today become a buzzword in modern public administration, in the view of authors such as Bovens, Goodin, and Schillemans (2014b). Between 2001 and 2006, the term appears on average in the title of 50 to 70 bills proposed by the United States government in each two‐yearcycle (Dubnick, 2007). Public accountability has become a major theme throughout the world (Christensen & Lægreid, 2011). Its virtues are constantly praised and its effects recommended, despite its sometimes being not fully measured or even understood.
UNITAR: Inter-agency Capacity Development Proposal at the UNEA-2 in Nairobi
UNEA-2 counted on the participation of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), who along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) presented a proposal for a capacity development programme with the aims of supporting developing countries to strengthen access legislation for effective participatory environmental governance and justice.
The programme is a key mechanism to respond to SDG 16 and linked environmental SDGs. Given the direct links between environmental governance and the lives and livelihoods of communities and economies and the 2030 agenda’s rights-based approach, it has multiple benefits across all SDGs. It is inspired by Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
UNITAR: Capacity for the 2030 Agenda
New Massive Open Online Course
This new “MOOC” on “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” is designed to improve general awareness about the agenda and its Goals for policy-makers and the general public, especially youth.
You can register here
Belgium: UCL recruits a fellow PhD student in analysis of public policy or public administration (4 years) (L’UCL recrute un doctorant boursier en analyse des politiques publiques ou administration publique (4 ans))
Deadline: June 20, 2016
The offer remains open until employment
The overall objective of POLADMIN project is to identify the determinants of the use of opinion by the firms of consultants during the development of new public policies.