Volume 16, No.04 - April 2012

Capacity development

Poverty Eradication to be a prominent topic

The “Super Session on Public Administration and Poverty Eradication beyond 2015” was held by UN DESA through Division of Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) .

This session was organised on 2-6 March, in cooperation with the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) Working Group on Public Administration and Poverty Eradication as part of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Las Vegas, USA.

Mr. John-Mary Kauzya, Chief from DPADM made a presentation on “Public Administration and Poverty Eradication: Preventing Corruption in Public Administration through Developing Professionalism in Public Sector Institutions”.  It was the first time in its history that ASPA annual conference addressed the issue of poverty eradication and was concluded that henceforth poverty eradication will appear as a prominent topic in the ASPA Annual conferences in the future, especially in New Orleans, USA in 2013.

More information:
Super Session on Public Administration and Poverty Eradication beyond 2015

Greater Transparency in Legislatures

UN DESA organised the International Meeting on “Achieving Greater Transparency in Legislatures through the Use of Open Documents Standards”.

The meeting, held on 27-29 February in Washington D.C. through the Division of Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)’s Global Center for ICT in Parliament and the United States House of Representatives, provided an excellent opportunity to advance policy dialogue and technical exchanges among the 16 Parliaments represented to further develop cooperation to take advantage of available knowledge, tools and best practices in open documents standards. During this session, a strong convergence was highlighted between the promotion of transparency, parliamentary democracy, participation, and the use of information and communication technologies, including the use of open document standard.

This discussion showed that there is a need to identify a series of internationally-agreed criteria and benchmarks for assessing the contribution of the use of open document standards to the values of a democratic parliament: representation, transparency, accessibility, accountability and effectiveness. These benchmarks should guide parliaments in their implementation of open document standards as well as help them determine the degree of their success in advancing both their efficiency objectives and overall transparency goals.

More information:
The international meeting’s website