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Latest Update 27/02/2013

News from Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management

Conference: Public Service Research and Innovation: A Quest for Sustained Service Delivery: Pretoria, South Africa, 4 – 6 March 2013 – Within the complex structures, systems and processes of government, encouraging innovative thinking will require visionary leaders that can recognize emerging opportunities. Keen leadership and proficient management is needed to establish a culture for innovation, weigh the risks and benefits of new ideas, overcome the resistance to change, motivate staff to pursue solutions, and deliver real and tangible results for citizens.

2012 Gordon Draper Award Winner – The review committee for the 2012 Gordon Draper Award chaired by Avril Gollop, former Head of Civil Service & Cabinet Secretary for the Government of Barbados unanimously present the 2012 Gordon Draper Award to Mr. Wayne Wouters of Canada.

Commonwealth Innovations, Vol 18, No 3 – 2012 International Innovations Awards Finalists – Progress of any kind begins with innovators who challenge the status quo and continuously seek to change reality for the better. These creative thinkers have the vision to grasp new ideas and the drive to adapt them to long standing public service challenges. Establishing change, especially in large organizations like the public service, requires tact to overcome the inertia of complacency, tenacity to learn from inevitable setbacks, and commitment to sustain the task of bringing new concepts into reality.

News and events from the Centro Latinoamericano de Administración para el Desarrollo (in Spanish)

XVIII Congreso del CLAD, on State and Public Aministration -The Latin American Centre for Administration Development (CLAD) and the Government of Uruguay, through the National Civil Service Bureau (ONSC), announced that the “XVIIIth International Congress of CLAD on State Reform and Public Administration ” will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 29 October to 1 November 2013. We also take this opportunity to inform the implementation of the XXVIth CLAD Contest, which will focus on “The Question of National Security as a New Challenge to Democratic Governance.” As part of the award, the winning authors will participate in the Congress and constitute a panel to present their work. For more information about the XVIIIth International Congress of CLAD, please click here

Ibero-American Quality Award 2013 – The Latin American Foundation for Quality Management (FUNDIBEQ) published a Call for Award, both for Latin American organisations that wish to apply for this world class award, as for evaluators who wish to participate. The nomination must be made before March 8, 2013 and the 18 March 2013 is the deadline for reports delivery. The application information for organisations and reviewers are available on in “Premio Iberoamericano / Documentación y Formularios”.

Boletín Reforme N° 442– Progress in Public Management Newsletter- 22 February 2013

News from the Council of EuropeCongress fact-finding mission to Georgia – A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is carrying out a fact-finding mission to Georgia on 27 and 28 February 2013 to obtain information on the situation of local and regional democracy in this country since the last elections, held in October 2012.Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: paradox of democracies  – In order to lay the foundations for a renewed anti-poverty strategy, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Commission, is holding a conference in Strasbourg on 21 and 22 February on the theme of “Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: the paradox of democracies”.
US intends to join Council of Europe constitutional expert body – Secretary General Jaglandwelcomed the announcement of the US State Department at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers today to seek full membership of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the “Venice Commission”.
News from the European Institute of Public AdministrationLawyers’ training activities Europe-wide – a European project – From February 2013, the CCBE (Councils of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) and EIPA Luxembourg (European Centre for Judges and Lawyers) are implementing a European Union pilot project on lawyers’ training activities. It is the first time that such a broad ranging survey dedicated to training of lawyers is put in place by the European Commission.The European Institute of Public Administration kick-starts the Call for Applications for the European Public Sector Award 2013. – The EPSA 2013 edition was launched officially on 25 January 2013 at the EC Berlaymont building in Brussels, in cooperation with DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and DG Human Resources and Security of the European Commission.Official Launch of the European Public Sector Award – EPSA 2013, Brussels – The European Public Sector Award (EPSA) organised for the third time by the European Institute of Public Administration, once again brings together the most innovative, efficient and best performers from the European public sector.Publications: Microfoundations of Policy Implementation – by Phedon Nicolaides – The European Union (EU) has a compliance problem: there are persistent failures in the implementation of EU rules and policies by the member states. This book examines how policy implementation may be improved. It explains the nature of policy mistakes, proceeds to consider how individual public authorities and organizations can avoid making policy mistakes and then, in the light of its findings, derives how the EU may induce its member states and their public authorities to improve their compliance with EU rules and policies.
News from the European UnionFuture of EU defence: fewer cuts and more cooperation −A military top brass has warned MEPs over further cuts to defence budgets, saying they could prove disastrous to efforts to protect our prosperity and security. “We already passed the line where it was acceptable,” said lieutenant general Ton van Osch. The director general of the EU’s military staff fired off the warning during a discussion on the future of EU defence organised by the EP’s security and defence subcommittee on 26 February.Horse meat scandal: MEPs want better enforcement to ensure food safety −More tests and heavier sanctions for offenders are needed to prevent a second horse meat scandal, according to members of the EP’s public health and food safety committee. They debated on 18 February about what should be done after horse meat had been found mislabelled as beef in several EU countries, however they ruled out the need for new EU legislation. Committee members also called on member states to better respect existing rules on labelling and to better collaborate on traceability.Reform of the EU’s agricultural policy – Agricultural spending accounts for about 40% of the European Union’s annual budget and has been at the heart of EU policy since the very start of the European project. As the last revision of the agricultural policy dates from 2003 and 12 countries have joined the EU since then, it is clear that it must be updated in order to face new challenges. Now that EU legislators are getting to grips with reform proposals, we take a closer look at Parliament’s role.Spotlight on top regional projectsRegioStars awards recognise outstanding regional projects funded by the EU. The 5 winners demonstrate innovation in fostering smart, sustainable growth benefiting people, the environment and the economy. They are among the hundreds of thousands of projects receiving EU regional development funds.
News from Governance in Africa
The Annual African Governance Days – (Journées Annuelles sur la Gouvernance en Afrique (JAGA)) respond to this need to construct spaces for sharing experiences and initiatives on governance in Africa and for forward-looking reflection on the continent’s future. The goal of the Africa Horizon 2060 Initiative: Africa Regains Control of its Destiny is in fact to make this inter-African space for dialogue on governance an ongoing reality, and to give its reflection a depth in keeping with the immense challenges that African countries face and will continue to face in the coming decades.Conference 2013: Africa invents its economy – What Africa needs–and must provide for itself–is a system of production and trade that will at last allow it to benefit from the advantages of globalisation, yet also state its own ‘rules of the game’, rules that will allow it to protect its ecosystems, progressively develop its own competencies and production system and design its own system of sustainable development.

News from Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernanceGovernance in Revolution(s) – Chronicles of governance 2012 In this, the age of globalisation, time acceleration and “proximity” have crises and revolutions converge through shared slogans, loudly and proudly professed throughout the world. These upheavals also bring out more specific socio-cultural processes of “silent transformations”. In the face of calls for dignity and social justice, and for digital development, the overwhelming influence of finance and high security stakes, before failed states, public governance is today being radically transformed.

List of news and events happening at the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe

The 21st NISPAcee Annual Conference “Regionalisation and Inter-regional Cooperation” May 16-18, 2013 / Belgrade, Serbia – Organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Conference venue: The Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

Application with paper proposals is closed. On-line conference registration- OPEN!

Deadline: March 31, 2013

Project: DEPOCEI / Implementing organization: Faculty of Political Sciences – University of Belgrade, Serbia

Activity: Kick-off meeting
Term: January 18-22,2013
Venue: Belgrade, Serbia

Slavisa Orlovic, Vice-Dean for Quality, Self-Evaluation, Science and Research and Vesna Knezevic-Predic, project leader, opened the Kick-off meeting and welcomed participants – representatives from all partner institutions.

Dejan Pavlovic, introduced the project aims, the beneficiaries and the timeline of the project. The project will last for three years, ending on October 15, 2015. During the first year of the project, five centres for EU public policies will be established in Nis, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Tuzla and Belgrade.

Managing Public Investments at Municipal Level – Manual for Local OfficialsThe manual is based on general theoretical knowledge, European practice and on the current Georgian legislation and situation in three core areas of training – public procurement, programme budgeting and investing.

The manual can be used as part of their professional development strategy by all local governments in Georgia, as the principal beneficiaries of the Project, but also public officials representing all other public authorities in Georgia, and by any other person interested in the topics included.

List of news and events happening at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentOECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013 – The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2013 expects that ratings agencies will continue to keep the pressure on governments in 2013. Given their poor track record of sovereign risk pricing over the past twenty years, the report suggests that any downgrades should be carefully scrutinized, and not taken at face value.

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery – Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report. This year’s report assesses and compares progress that countries have made on structural reforms since 2011 and takes a fresh look at reform priorities to revive growth sustainably and boost employment. It shows that the pace of reform has accelerated where it is most needed – in the European countries hardest hit by sovereign debt duress, including Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Measuring Fiscal Decentralisation Concepts and Policies 10.1787/9789264174849-en  – This book deals with two issues. The first concerns the various measurement of fiscal decentralization in general and their usefulness for policy analysis. The second and more specific issue concerns the taxonomy of intergovernmental grants and the limits of the current classifications.

Building Resilient Regions after a Natural Disaster, The Case of Abruzzo – The OECD has assisted the Government of Italy in designing a long-run strategy to relaunch the local economy of The Abruzzo region, after the 2009 earthquake that struck a wide area with the city of L’Aquila (the Regional Capital) as its epicentre.

News and events from the United Nations Public Administration NetworkDPADM Presents its Open Government Data and Services Page – DPADM has been conducting research on Open Government Data (OGD) since 2010. OGD is relevant to DPADM’s work as it is an online government service (e-government) and an important initiative that strengthen participatory governance. OGD allows citizens to monitor data streams and thereby improves the accountability and transparency of government.

Call for Contribution and Exhibits: European Data Forum (EDF) 2013, Dublin – The European Data Forum (EDF) 2013 takes place on April 9-10, 2013 in Dublin (Ireland). It is the annual meeting-point for data practitioners from industry, research, the public-sector and the community, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the emerging Big Data Economy in Europe. The calls for contribution and exhibits will end soon,

CAFRAD and Hanns Seidel Foundation Conference – CAFRAD and Hanns Seidel Foundation are organizing a Conference for Heads of Universities on “African Universities and the current Issues of Development and Challenges in the Continent: The university as a catalyst for development in Africa”. It will be held in Tangier (Morocco) from 25 to 27 February 2013.

7th Annual e-Gov Africa Forum, 25-27 March, Uganda – Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is hosting the 7th Annual e-Gov Africa 2013 Forum from 25th to 27th March 2013 at the Speke Resort & Conference Centre, Uganda with the following key topics: Governing E-Governance: Structuring and Funding E-Government Programmes,  E-Governance at Work: Theory vs. Appropriate Practice,  Enabling Technologies and Underpinning Infrastructure, Designing a Citizen-entric E-gov Portal: Balancing the needs of centralisation and de-centralisation, Online and Mobile Financial Transactions: Developing a secure regime for digital signatures.

In-House Seminar on e-Government and Open Government Data in Japan – On 15 February 2013, DPADM held an in-house seminar on e-government in Japan with presentation by Mr. Kenji Hiramoto, Executive Advisor for CIO of Japan, Mr. Takashi Wada and Mr. Shuichi Tashiro from Information-Technology Promotion Agency of Japan. They shared with DPADM staff on the evolving development and strategy of e-government and open government data in Japan, as well as some of their best practices and challenges.