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Strengthening capacities of the public sector in least developed countries to deliver quality services equitably through the transfer and adaptation of innovative practices

Background:

Recognizing the importance of delivering quality and equitable public services for the promotion of development in general, and specifically for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the Project will aim at building the capacity of the public sector in least developed countries to deliver quality services equitably through the transfer and adaptation of innovative public administration practices.

This Project builds on the extensive work conducted by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), particularly in the context of the United Nations Public Service Awards Programme (UNPSA) to collect, reward, disseminate and share knowledge on innovative practices in public administration. The method of sharing knowledge about innovative practices in service delivery has been well acknowledged and endorsed by the United Nations, through support to the UNPSA. This method involves transferring and adapting the available knowledge, based on innovations in service delivery, to least developed countries for enhancing the capacity of public servants at the local level. The project will be executed through the organization and conduct of: (i) an expert group meeting, (ii) capacity development workshops, (iii) on-line training programmes (iv) practitioner-to-practitioner workshops, including study tours; and (v) a publication containing lessons learned on transferring and adapting innovative practices in public administration. The project will involve cooperation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), United Nations Development Progframme (UNDP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

Objective:

To strengthen capacities of the public sector in LDCs to deliver equitable public services

Expected accomplishments:

  • Increased awareness and knowledge of public sector officials of participating LDCs interested in innovative practices to deliver quality services equitably

  • Strengthened capacities of the public sector in selected target countries to promote innovation and implement good practices

Implementation status:

In progress.