Dr. John-Mary Kauzya - The United Nations Public Service Forum 2013

Sharing Innovations in
Governance & Public Administration
for the Future We Want
Presentation during the Expert Group Meeting on “Transfer and
adaptation of innovative practices for improved public service
delivery in LDCs”, New York, United States of America
25 – 26 February 2013
Dr. John-Mary Kauzya
Chief of Public Administration Capacity Branch, DPADM/UNDESA
[email protected], www.unpan.org
Structure of the Presentation
Sharing Innovations for the Future we want:
Inter governmental mandate
 Governance Challenges
Discussion Setter – Innovation
LDC Myth
Objectives of EGM
Project Logic
LDCs Programme of Action for the decade 2011-2020
Overarching goal
overcome the structural challenges faced by the LDCs, eradicate
poverty, achieve IADGs & graduate from LDCs category.
1. Sustained, equitable & inclusive economic growth to at least
the level of 7% per annum
2. Human capacities, sustained, equitable & inclusive human &
social development, gender equality & the empowerment of
3. Reduced vulnerability to economic, natural & environmental
shocks & disasters, & climate change,
4. Enhanced financial resources & their effective use for LDCs
5. Enhanced good governance at all levels.
Rio+20, GA Resolution 66/288, Sustainable
Development and MDGs
•commitment to sustainable development and to ensuring the promotion of an
economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet
and for present and future generations (Note the three pillars)
•committed to freeing humanity from poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency
•commitment to accelerate the achievement of the IADG, including the MDGs
by 2015.
•Recognition of the critical role of technology & importance of promoting
innovation, in particular in developing countries. Governments to create
enabling frameworks that foster environmentally sound technology, research
and development, and innovation in the context of sustainable development
and poverty eradication: (GA Resolution 66/288 September 2012)
Capacity Building: Knowledge sharing and transfer
We emphasize the need for enhanced capacity-building for
sustainable development and, in this regard, we call for the
strengthening of technical and scientific cooperation, including
North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation. We
reiterate the importance of human resource development,
including training, the exchange of experiences and expertise,
knowledge transfer and technical assistance for capacity
building, which involves strengthening institutional capacity,
including planning, management and monitoring capacities. (GA
resolution 66/288 September 2012).
Searching for Solutions to GPAB Challenges: UNPSA
Since 2003:
• Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service;
• Improving the Delivery of Services;
• Fostering Participation in Policymaking Decisions through
Innovative Mechanisms;
• Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information
• Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services
(Five Categories)
Innovations Spread all over the World: No
PS Innovations spread across the world and time
Long standing Debate:
1: Public Sector Institutions are not Innovative, no initiative, no
creativity! True or false?
Correct answer: FALSE (See UNPSA Winners!)
2: LDCs are not innovative, no initiative, no creativity, no concern
for improvement!
True or false?
Correct answer: FALSE (See UNPSA Winners)
So: What is needed to Promote further innovation in GPA in
Objectives of the EGM
1. identify areas of service delivery in which adaptation of best
practices will be facilitated.
2. define the criteria & methodology for selecting the good
practices to be adapted & the countries to adapt them
3. recommend to DPADM how awareness can be enhanced for
Govts to utilize the innovations to improve quality & equitable
access to public services
4. conceptualize the methodology & outputs for workshops in the
project on Strengthening capacities of the public sector in
LDCs to deliver quality services equitably through the transfer
& adaptation of innovations
5. Advise DPADM on the Special Award for Promoting
Adaptation of Innovations through Peer-to-Peer Partnerships
Project Logic
• Strengthening capacities of the public sector to combat corruption
and to deliver effective and equitable services, including gendersensitive services, is instrumental in promoting sustainable
development and poverty eradication; in protecting the vulnerable, as
well as in facilitating the integration of developing countries into the
world economy.
• The State plays a critical role in promoting access to and quality of
public and social services, including access to water, sanitation,
shelter, health and education
• Experience has shown that governments that made progress in
promoting transparency and accountability, and in providing equitable
and effective service delivery have developed innovative ideas and
practices, making use, whenever possible, of information and
communication technology, and relying on strategic partnerships.
1. Doing Public Sector Work as usual will not lead to
improvements in sustainable development., There is need for
innovations Old ways rarely give modern products and
2. Often being innovative means adapting what exists instead of
reinventing the wheel.
3. Since the world existed exchange and partnership have been
instrumental in innovations. We are not trying anything new
4. We are counting on the experts gathered here to advise on
how to capitalise on the innovations going on all around the
world to speedup development in LDC

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