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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Public Administration, Finance & Development Management

Objective for 2010-2011

To enhance capacity of National Governments to strengthen participatory governance, professionalism and accountability in the public sector for improved performance, including through the use of information and communication technologies.

Expected accomplishments

  • Strengthened institutional, human resource and technical capacities of national and sub-national public administrations for the achievement of high performance standards in the public service;
  • Strengthened capacity of public administration systems in knowledge management and application of ICTs for effective delivery of public services;
  • Strengthened governance and public administration capacities towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, though the promotion of partnerships, civic engagement and e-governance.

Indicators of achievement

  • Increased number of strategies, methodologies, and management tools on rebuilding institutional capacities, knowledge management, and participatory governance made available to Member States;
  • Increase in number of official expressions of commitment to integrate strategies and methodologies into policies, programmes and legislative/institutional frameworks;
  • Increased number of Member States reporting progress in efficient delivery of public services.


The capacity-development strategy in the area of public administration focus primarily on the following four substantive areas: (i) institutional development in the public sector with special emphasis on leadership and human resources development, policy and strategy design, and institutional networking; (ii) public service delivery improvement through the application of ICTs, e-government and knowledge management; (iii) engagement in public administration in support of the United Nations Development Agenda, including the MDGs.

Capacity development will be implemented through (a) in-house and outsourced advisory services to carry-out needs-assessment and diagnostic as well as policy and strategy design missions; (b) group training at the request of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to promote common approaches among Members States on issues related to governance and public administration system and institutions; innovations in the public service and e-governance for development; (c) production of training materials on advanced methodologies in governance and public administration; and (d) establishing new and strengthening existing networks of public administrators to enhance linkages between developing countries through exchange of best practices.

The subprogramme will implement 51 existing donor-funded projects and 3 development account projects and will strive to formulate a total of 16 new development projects in the areas of public institution development, knowledge management and ICT application, civic engagement and participatory governance.

Output Summary

  Actual 06/07 Estimate 08/09 Estimate 10/11
Advisory Services 146 60 30
Workshops/ Seminars
(number of participants)
21 (1141) 16 (800) 16 (1200)




Field Activities




Total Activities 167 76 38
Total Budget (thousands of US dollars)

5 559.2

4 263.4

4 470.3


In 2006-07, the subprogramme provided advisory services through 147 needs-assessment, diagnostic and project formulation missions, and organized 21 capacity development training workshops on leadership for decentralized governance and poverty reduction in Africa; standards of excellence in public administration education and training, re-inventing government; implementation of the Ibero-American charter for public service to improve professionalism, ethics, integrity, and responsiveness; application of Information & Communication Technologies for development; mainstreaming MDGs into development strategies; and promoting civic engagement and participatory governance. These workshops strengthened the capacities of 1,141 national experts. The subprogramme continued its support of capacity development in the areas of knowledge management and political economy issues relating to the knowledge society, by providing advisory and technical assistance services during a workshop entitled ‘Managing Knowledge to Build Trust in Government’ held within the ambit of the VII Global Forum on Reinventing Government. Activities undertaken by the subprogramme were met with overwhelming positive evaluations on their relevance and usefulness. In line with this positive outcome, the subprogramme anticipates at least 15 expressions of commitment by Member States to integrate strategies and methodologies into policies, programmes and legislative/institutional frameworks will materialize in the 2010-11 biennium. The subprograrmme also expects an increase in the application of strategies, methodologies and best practices to 65% in the 2010-11 biennium from and anticipated 50% in the current biennium.