Technical reports

2010 World Public Sector Report: Restructuring Public Administration after Conflict

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The report emphasizes that because post-conflict situations are heterogeneous, there are no “one size fits all” solutions to governance challenges. In each country, public administration reforms should be tailored to local needs. The report also highlights that contrary to commonly held belief, post-conflict situations not only present challenges, but also offer numerous opportunities to leapfrog stages of development by adopting innovative practices in public administration, particularly the application of ICTs in government and service delivery in the information age we all live in.

More information on the 2010 World Public Sector Report

Analysing and Measuring Social Inclusion in a Global Context

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The objective of the study is to serve as a guiding framework for policymakers, researchers and practitioners interested in developing practical tools for evidence-based policymaking, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation in the area of social inclusion. It provides guidance on how to develop tools, taking into consideration the historical, cultural and contextual backgrounds of one’s own society. The study also builds on the work on social indicators that has already been undertaken by many people at local, national, regional and international levels. It is hoped that the study will help to inspire new ideas and to generate innovative approaches.

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Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

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The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.

Vol. LXIV – No. 1, February 2010

Quarterly and bimonthly features in this issue:

Producer price indices
7. Producer price indices
8. Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials
12. Earnings in manufacturing, by sex
33. Construction of new buildings
38. Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade

More information on the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online

Discussion papers

16th Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The February 2010 issue forecasts that the global economy started on a positive note, with continuing recovery in industrial production and international trade, led by Asian developing countries. However, economic policymakers may face even tougher challenges in 2010. The significant increase in government indebtedness in Greece and other EU countries may threaten global financial stability. Rain shortfalls in large parts of Africa will form a major threat to food security during 2010 and the devastating earthquake in Haiti presents serious economic challenges, including those of a long-term nature; addressing them will require a sustained international effort and debt forgiveness

More information on the World Economic Situation and Prospects Monthly Briefing


Knowledge Base of Innovative E-government Practices

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The Knowledge Base of Innovative E-government Practices is a compilation of recent case studies of Innovative e-government solutions, services and applications. The Knowledge Base does not promote one solution over another, but rather highlights e-government practices that place the citizen in the forefront.

Browse the Knowledge Base of Innovative E-Government Practices section of the United Nations Public Administration Network

ICT Applications for Public Service

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DESA is undertaking an initiative to collect a broad array of current ICT applications from almost all geographic regions of the world. Through this Knowledge Base, these cases could become a useful tool at the disposal of government at all levels, the private sector and civil society around the world. The primary goal of this initiative is to provide information that will stimulate an even more rapid expansion of electronic government, which will be more tailor-made to citizen’s needs.

Browse the MKnowledge Base of ICT Applications for Public Service section of the United Nations Public Administration Network.