PA News: 6/09/2016

e-Government & Innovation

Ukraine rapidly develops online communication between government and publicSupporting Statistical Development in Equatorial Guinea

Recent UN report on e-government and e-participation shows significant progress

During the last two years, Ukraine has risen by 25 points in e-government and by 45 points – in e-participation. In the general rating, Ukraine’s rank is 62.

Such a success is a result of hard work. During the last two years, Ukraine implemented laws on open data, e-petitions, access to data on proprietorship etc. Multiple online services have started to work – from e-procurements Prozorro to online maps. Ukraine has implemented online services in different business sectors – building, agricultural industry, ecological sector, foreign trade, justice system.

Supporting Statistical Development in Equatorial GuineaRomania 2020: High Performance Communications Technologies, Ever More Competitive Prices

The National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications of Romania (ANCOM) adopted ”ANCOM’s Strategy for digital communications up to 2020,a document containing a diagnosis of the current status of the communications sector in Romania, as well as the future trends, based on which ANCOM set out the strategic priorities and main action lines for the next 5 years of management and regulation of the telecom market.

UN e-Government Surveys: E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development

The UN E-Government Survey 2016 on “E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development” offers a snapshot of trends in the development of e-government in countries across the globe. According to the Survey more governments are embracing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to deliver services and to engage people in decision-making processes in all regions of the world. The 2016 UN E-Government Survey provides new evidence that e-government has the potential to help support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). The Survey indicates a positive global trend towards higher levels of e-government development as countries in all regions are increasingly embracing innovation and utilizing new ICTs to deliver services and engage people in decision-making processes. It underscores that one of the most important new trends is the advancement of people-driven services – services that reflect people’s needs and are driven by them. At the same time, disparities remain within and among countries. Lack of access to technology, poverty and inequality prevent people from fully taking advantage of the potential of ICTs and e-government for sustainable development.

Supporting Statistical Development in Equatorial GuineaBelarus climbs to 49th position in UN E–Government Development Index

MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) – Belarus now stands at the 49th position out of 193 countries in the E–Government Development Index according to the UN E-Government Survey 2016, BelTA has learned.

E–Government Development Index (EGDI) is calculated using Online Service Index, Telecommunication Infrastructure Index, and Human Capital Index. Belarus secured a total score of 0.6625 while the world’s average EGDI stands at 0.4922. Belarus’ Human Capital Index was calculated at 0.8716 followed by 0.6304 in Telecommunication Infrastructure Index and 0.4855 in Online Service Index.

U.S.: Website Accessibility – Why There’s Still Work to Be Done on Government Portals

Despite major technology advances over the years, many organizations still struggle with digital accessibility. A 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 53 million — or one in five — adults in the U.S. have a disability. That’s a large chunk of the population that must be considered when designing government websites and online features.

While there are many tools for disabled individuals to utilize computers and mobile devices (e.g., screen readers for the blind), there are still major challenges that stem from how content is provided. So what issues do individuals with disabilities face when accessing websites?

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MPT and NLD Education Network Launch “Digital Skills to Go Forward,” Computer Literacy Campaign for Disadvantaged Myanmar Youths

As MPT Moves Myanmar Forward, it makes sure no one is left behind in this chapter of growth for the country with a new CSR initiative, in partnership with NLD Education Network. They will provide laptops, data and training to help disadvantaged Myanmar youth to improve computer literacy, equipping them with critical skills for a successful future.

(Yangon, 17 August 2016) – MPT, Myanmar’s first and leading telecommunications operator, launched “Digital Skills to Go Forward”, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, to benefit underprivileged Myanmar youth. It is collaborating with the National League for Democracy (NLD) Education Network to expand an already successful computer literacy initiative, delivering an extra two hundred laptops at ten locations in the Yangon Region and Mon State.

Mexico: PODER HACER

Poder Hacer celebrates action. The first international conference on creative cities suggests in its title the flow of meanings and ideas that serve as points of departure for the projects dreamed up by the Laboratorio para la Ciudad . In Spanish, poder is both a verb and a noun: as a verb, it means “to be able to,” and as a noun, it signifies “power”. At Poder Hacer, “poder” means making real the imaginary, bringing dreams to life, being free to do and make. But “poder” is also the capacity to build new bridges and create new opportunities between citizens and their government, managed through the administrative structures of the metropolis. Hacer also has a double meaning, a verb that at once means “to do” and “to make.” Here, “hacer” is the verb that best captures a Creative City , a city that creates, invents, and understands the unlimited possibilities of new solutions. Poder Hacer seeks to expand the scope of civic action within the creation of new public policy for creative agents. Poder Hacer is the first step in building a creative Mexico City.

Migration

Supporting Statistical Development in Equatorial GuineaFor a world on the move: The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants

The world is on the move, and the number of international migrants today is higher than ever before. In 2015, 244 million people lived in a country other than where they were born, including more than 20 million refugees and asylum-seekers escaping violence or persecution in their home countries. People have always moved in search of sustenance, safety and opportunity. By crossing borders and residing in other lands, they have contributed to cultural diversity, economic and social development, and mutual understanding amongst people and nations.

The United Nations General Assembly will convene the Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 to guide the development of a global approach to addressing large movements of persons across international borders. The political declaration adopted at the Summit will strengthen the commitment to ensuring the human rights, safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants, and will set in motion a process to create a more predictable, systematic and equitable way of managing international migration for the future.

Big Data and Governance

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Celebration of the World Statistics Day at INEGE and official launch of the website www.inege.gq on October 20, 2015. With the support of the World Bank, Equatorial Guinea has established a National Statistics Office that aims to collect and disseminate data to better inform policy makers. A central data bank will also help remedy challenges linked to limited data availability, low use of data in policymaking, and a weak statistical culture. To strengthen capacity over the long term, the World Bank is helping facilitate partnerships between Equatorial Guinea’s National Statistics Office and other Spanish-speaking Latin American statistics institutes, namely the DANE of Colombia and the INEI of Peru. MALABO, August 17, 2016— What do a Minister of Education, who is trying to reduce the school dropout rates and improve education quality, a Minister of Health, who is trying to address gaps in maternal and infant health, and a Minister of Finance, whose priority is to diversify the economy to drive more sustainable growth, all have in common? Data!

Reforms

UK: Local public service reform

Our briefing paper, Joining Up Public Services around Local, Citizen Needs, identified five perennial barriers that repeatedly hinder integration at a local level, as well as several insights into how to tackle them. Limited sharing of what works (and doesn’t work) emerged as a critical barrier that needs urgent attention. Although variation is crucial in ensuring that public services meet local needs, not learning from what has been tried before, or elsewhere, is costly, time intensive and risks duplicating the progress made in other parts of the country. At a time when capacity within local government is declining, and less money is available for service delivery, we cannot afford to keep reinventing the wheel.

Public Service

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Professionalisation of the public service in the states of Mexico (Profesionalización de la función pública en los estados de México)

This document is the result of a joint effort between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Forum to professionalize Mexico and contains the diagnosis and improvement opportunities for ten state systems of human resource management (HRM) of Mexico (Baja California, Campeche, Colima, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala and Yucatan). These states represent 35% of the population, have different socio-economic development and are located in different geographical areas of the country. The analysis of these systems is based on the diagnostic methodology of the public service designed by the IDB (applied throughout the region since 2004) and follows the line of the book “A Decade of Reform of Public Service in Latin America”, published by the IDB in 2014.

Performance

New Procurement System to Improve Development Impact and Transparency in South Asia

COLOMBO, August 18, 2016— In keeping pace with global trends, the World Bank unveiled today a new Procurement Framework to help its partner countries in South Asia that procure goods and services under Bank-financed projects make the best use of their public spending, strengthen their national procurement policies, and improve their development objectives.

The new Framework was introduced at an event, a joint initiative with the Ministry of Finance held at MILODA- Academy of Financial Studies, in Colombo Sri Lanka, and presented by Felipe Goya, World Bank Manager for Solutions and Innovations in Procurement for South Asia, and Robert Hunja, World Bank Director, Governance Global Practice, in the presence of Priyanga Algama, Director General, Public Finance, Government of Sri Lanka, public sector officials, development partners, finance students, and World Bank staff.

The new Procurement Framework will allow the World Bank to better respond to the needs of its client countries, while preserving robust procurement standards throughout Bank-supported projects.

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Government Public Performance Reporting – Is It Worth the Effort?

Public accountability demands that performance data be publicly available. But who actually uses the vast amount of information that is produced? Does it really improve the lives of citizens by enhancing government performance?

Reliable, timely data on inputs, outputs, activities, outcomes and, often, societal level measures are essential for effective and efficient governance.

For a reporting framework to be effective and sustained over time, nine lessons are proposed to be incorporated in the public reporting approach.

Events

Colloque EUREL 2016 – Gouvernance et religion en Europe

The international conference Governance and Religion in Europe is jointly organised by the Eurel network of sociologists and legal scholars of religion (www.eurel.info), and the University of Luxembourg.

The Conference aims at focusing on the role of religion in European policy-making and law. Its approaches will be based in political science, sociology, and law.

The working languages of the conference will be English and French.

Job Vacancies

ASPA Launches Search for Next Public Administration Review Editor in Chief

Washington, DC – ASPA today announced it has begun the search for the next Editor in Chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), its flagship professional journal.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to serve as the next Editor in Chief is available on ASPA’s website, www.aspanet.org, along with other details about the search process. The RFP process will close at the end of September and the next Editor in Chief will be named by ASPA’s National Council in December 2016. The next Editor in Chief will officially begin his/her role in January 2018.