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Outcomes of Expert Meeting on Governance, Public Administration and ICTs

A three day meeting organised by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on “Governance, Public Administration and Information & Communication Technologies for Post-2015 Development”, in partnership with the Centre for Electronic Governance and UN University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) took place from 3-5 July 2013 in Geneva.

The meeting sought to discuss how governance, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and public administrations could best benefit development. Proposals from the meeting, soon to be released in an outcome document, will feed into the work of UN DESA and the post-2015 discussions on governance and technology.

Building capacity for public administration and ICT, and ways to measure their effectiveness, were considered as crucial to achieving sustainable development. To this end, panel members discussed effective measurement frameworks for development, and how to integrate them into the post-2015 development agenda. Panellists also discussed whether a stand-alone goal on governance should be put forward, or whether it should be integrated throughout the targets in other goals, or again if it should be a defining principle of the whole agenda.

Panel members agreed that key to public administration was more efficient bureaucracies. The need for innovative partnerships between governments and various stakeholders were also urged, to drive the creation of new governance paradigms. Experts also emphasised the potential of ICTs to solve new problems, while e-governance, big data and open government were considered crucial to the empowerment of citizens.

Click here to read the background document for the meeting. Check back for the outcome document.

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