PA News: 19/07/2016

Brexit

Public administration committee to help shape Whitehall Brexit plan

Senior pro-Brexit MP Bernard Jenkin has revealed that the parliamentary committee he chairs has been asked by government to help develop a plan on how the civil service can prepare to leave the European Union.

Jenkin, a prominent Leave campaigner, chairs the public administration and constitutional affairs select committee.

Yesterday, he said the committee had been asked by Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin, who is leading a Brexit unit in Whitehall, to set out what skills the civil service will need.

Brexit and the EU: A new deal for all the EU or no deal at all?

Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, all the attention has been focused on how it will go about leaving, or even whether it will leave in the end. But equally important is how the EU responds to Brexit: whether as an isolated case to be quarantined in order to avoid contagion to other member-states, or as the symptom of a wider disease. Only by seeing the Brexit vote as a wake-up call to reinvent the EU may the EU itself actually overcome the many challenges it faces. What the EU must do is to generate a ‘new deal’ for the EU as a whole, not to treat the UK in isolation.

Finances publiques

api.gouv.fr : le portail d\'API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateformeFrance: Didier Migaud: “There are still margins to further control public expenditure” (Didier Migaud : “Il reste des marges pour davantage maîtriser les dépenses publiques”)

Invited to the 7th Meeting of public actors the First President of the Court of Auditors sets out the findings of the financial magistrates on the financial position of France which, he recalls, “remains in a dangerous area”, with public expenditure that continues to increase. The Court considers that the control effort must be continued and in particular  state operators.

Draft EU Budget 2017 – Questions and Answers

What is the overview of the Draft Budget 2017?

What are commitments and payments?

Commitments are the total volume of promises for future payments that can be made in a given year. Commitments must then be honoured with payments, either in the same year or, particularly in the case of multi-year projects, over the following years.

Payments are the actual money paid in a given year from the EU budget to cover commitments.

For instance, when the EU decides to co-fund the building of a bridge, the total amount which the EU agrees to cover is a commitment. The bills for the work done are the payments. The commitment is made in year X. The payments from the EU Budget may follow in the same year X, but also in X+1 year, X+2, X+3, etc.

World Bank: How can we better help governments to help citizens? Seeking feedback on best practices in building tax capacity

In April, the World Bank Group joined forces with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations (UN) to form the Platform for Collaboration on Tax with the aim of providing better coordination and support to developing countries on tax matters. Among the responsibilities of this new group are to formalize regular discussions among our organizations on standards for international tax issues, strengthen our capacity-building support, deliver joint guidance, and share information on our ongoing work. To that end, we have produced a short guidance note that we expect to present to the G20 in July: “Report on Effective Capacity Building on Tax Matters in Developing Countries”.

Culture and Administration

CARAD: 12th edition of the Pan-African Forum on the modernization of public administration and state institutions: The cultural dimension, strong lever for development (12ème édition du Forum panafricain sur la modernisation de l’administration publique et des institutions de l’Etat : La dimension culturelle, levier fort du développement)

A new impulse has been given in Tangier for South-South cooperation for sustainable development and the ambition to work resolutely and in synergy for a strong Africa, positioning itself as truly global partner and an active and competitive player.
Thus, under the chairmanship of Minister Delegate to the Head of Government responsible for the Civil Service and Modernisation of Administration, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Centre for Training and Administrative Research for Development (CAFRAD), M . Mohamed Moubdii, the city by the Straits  hosted , from May 30 to June 1, the 12th Ministerial Pan-African Forum on the modernization of public administration and state institutions, held on the sidelines of the 54th Board of Directors of CAFRAD.

api.gouv.fr : le portail d\'API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateformeBurkina Faso: The private sector of culture facing the administration: Make cultural heritage a lever for development (Le secteur privé de la culture face à l’administration : Faire du patrimoine culturel un levier de développement)

For the fourth time, private cultural actors are facing their ministries to draft solutions to a problem. This annual event focuses this time on cultural heritage and development of cultural and creative industries. It’s the morning of July 11, 2016 that the work took place.

The annual meeting between cultural administration and the private sector of culture is held this year in a particular context. It takes place in the wake of the celebration of the African World Heritage, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the fund for the African World Heritage.

Reforms

Public Administration Reforms in Europeapi.gouv.fr : le portail d\'API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateforme

Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Professor of Public and Financial Management, Hertie School of Governance, Germany, Steven Van de Walle, Research Professor, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium, Rhys Andrews, Professor of Public Management, Cardiff Business School, UK and Philippe Bezes, Research Professor, CNRS, Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po, France

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives’ perceptions about the effects of those reforms.

Click here to view original web page at www.e-elgar.com

Integrity and anti-corruption

api.gouv.fr : le portail d\'API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateformeMorcco: Strengthen the integrity of public sector in Morocco  (Renforcer l’intégrité du secteur public au Maroc)

This review analyzes two Moroccan institutions, the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption and the Ombudsman Institution of the Kingdom, whose mandates have been changed by the new Constitution of 2011 in order to strengthen their role in the integrity system of the country.

 

Who is your anti-corruption hero?

Transparency International announces call for nominations for its Anti-Corruption Award

The global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Anti-Corruption Award. Launched in 2000 as the Integrity Award, the award has been renamed to focus on those engaged in a courageous and committed fight against corruption.

The Anti-Corruption Award, like the Integrity Award before it, recognises the courage and determination of individuals and groups taking remarkable steps to combat corruption in their own country. Under its new strategy “Together against Corruption”, Transparency International strives to highlight anti-corruption activists that play a crucial role in the fight against corruption, often at great personal risk.

Evaluation

Algeria: National Public Service – Review of actions taken in 2015 (Algérie: Observatoire national du service public – Examen des actions engagées en 2015)

National office of Public Servcice informs that the actions taken by the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government under the National Plan for simplifying and improving administrative procedures in respect of 2015 were examined Thursday in Algiers by the National Observatory. It will also oversee its implementation.

These actions include the simplification of formalities and procedures, information and extension, as well as the reception of citizens.

Chaired by Fouad Makhlouf, representing the Ministry of Interior, the observatory has also assessed, in consultation with officials from the Ministry of Finance, the introduction, development and spread of information and communications technology and the development and training of human resources, initiated in the framework of improving administrative procedures.

Sustainable Governance

Inputs to the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

This online review platform is dedicated to compiling voluntary inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, as well other voluntary governmental inputs, and inputs from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies and forums. The platform also includes inputs from major groups and other stakeholders, as well contributions from multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments.

Innovation

France: api.gouv.fr : the API portal of the Government, the first step towards a Platform-State (api.gouv.fr : le portail d’API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateforme)

The api.gouv.fr portal is officially open since June 21, 2016. Inaugurated by Jean-Vincent Place, State Secretary for the modernization of public action (SGMAP) in one of the lounges of the Parisian private accelerator : The Family. This website aims to reference the full list of API (in English, application programming interface) provided by all French public services and facilitate their use by developers. What is an API? An API is a computer program for communication and data exchange between heterogeneous applications and systems without human intervention. At its launch, api.gouv.fr references 10 API and 13 cases of reuse. API users are invited to provide the services they have developed using the said API said, such as “la bonne bpîte”, which helps to find the companies that recruit close to you by using the API of the national address database.

Training

Azerbaijan: Joint project on Civil Service Training signed

Baku, Azerbaijan – Today, the signing ceremony of the joint project on “Support to the Civil Service Training in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was held at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The project document is signed by the United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative, Mr. Ghulam M. Isaczai and the Rector of the Academy of Public Administration, Academician Urkhan Alakbarov.

Central African Republic: Training of trainers of the National School of Administration and Magistracy ( Formation de formateurs de l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration et de Magistrature)

The objective of this training session is to allow the ENAM trainers to apply an educational approach infused with modern approach to adult education. Scheduled to take place from 27 June to 9 July, this training targets 40 trainers involved in ENAM as part of the initial and continuous training of judges, court clerks and prison staff.

Public Sector

USA: Minimizing the Public Sector: The Most Counterproductive Idea Ever

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

The best-traveled person I know is a retired economic development consultant. Over the last 35 years he worked on and studied economic development projects around the world. Estimating private economic demand for what his clients wanted to build was the easy part of his work. The hard part was assessing the prospects for the public sector. He had to make those assessments because, as much as we may resist the notion, the private sector cannot thrive unless the public sector is thriving too.

Mediation

Canada: The expanding mandate of the Ontario Ombudsman: final report

Transparency, accountability, and fair administrative processes are hallmarks of effective governance systems. The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman ensures that provincial government and public sector bodies develop and observe these values in delivering their programs and services. In doing so, the Office aims to improve government practices and processes for all Ontario citizens.

In December 2014, the Ontario Legislature passed the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act. This bill doubled the size of the Ombudsman’s mandate, bringing under its purview Ontario’s 444 municipalities, 21 publicly funded universities, and 82 school boards and school authorities.

Migration

api.gouv.fr : le portail d\'API du gouvernement, premier pas vers un Etat-plateformeSapin/Catalonia : Report on the integration of immigrants in Catalonia in 2015, article by Magda Garcia (Informe sobre la integració de les persones immigrades a Catalunya 2015 l Post de Magda Garcia)

This new edition of the report on the integration of immigrants in Catalonia, has been prepared within the framework of the law 10/2010 of 7 May on the reception of immigrants and returnees to Catalonia and in the regulation that the implements approved by the Decree 150/2014 of 18 November.

To ensure the independence requirements established by law, Inclusive Strategies (Instrategies) was responsible for its development. Its coordinator, Gemma Pinyol, could count on a team of researchers from different disciplines and research centers, which provide data and interesting reflections on diversity management and public policy.