Supporting capacity-building efforts for effective public service delivery

DPADM Aug DESA NewsS

An international conference titled “Support to Developing Capacities for Effective Governance, Public Administration and Service Delivery in Developing Countries for Sustainable Development” will take place in Kampala, Uganda on 24 – 28 August.

Effective implementation of the post-2015 development agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires effective, accountable, and equitable delivery of public services. It calls for changes in the traditional “silo” mind-set, adoption of new methods of work and a renewed emphasis on coordination capabilities.

For many developing economies, especially in Africa, policy implementation and provision of public goods and services remains a major challenge. There is critical need for creativity and innovation, working across sectors and disciplines, including application of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to improve the delivery of services by public sector institutions in developing countries.

There is equally important need for governments to develop institutional and human resource capacities, including leadership in public service to enable these countries to anticipate, formulate, and implement integrated public policies and strategies that can lead to effective and coordinated delivery of public services. Institutional and human resource capacity development, including leadership capacity building, will be a critical component of the process of implementing the post- 2015 agenda and achievement of SDGs.

In this connection, UN DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) responded to the request of the Government of Uganda to jointly organize an international conference titled “Support to Developing Capacities for Effective Governance, Public Administration and Service Delivery in Developing Countries for Sustainable Development”.

The objective of the event is to enhance knowledge and awareness of political leadership, senior public service leaders and other governance actors in developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America on the critical role of integrated and coordinated strategic public policy formulation, decision making and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation for effective delivery of equitable public services.

The deliberations during the conference will evolve around the following five main substantive themes and their connection to the post-2015 development agenda:

  • Public service reform
  • Performance management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Globalization, regional and national strategies and partnerships;
  • E-government in and for the public service; and
  • Anti-corruption strategies.

DPADM will sponsor participants from 43 developing countries and the target group will comprise of ministers responsible for public service; senior public servants from ministries of public service and local governments; human resource managers in the public sector; representatives of management development institutions, especially those involved in capacity building; and some winners of the United Nations Public Service Awards.

The inclusion of a number of developing countries outside of the African Continent will enable this high-level event to enrich its experience-sharing component and the impact of its capacity-development segment.

For more information:

Support to Developing Capacities for Effective Governance, Public Administration and Service Delivery