Workshop I: Public Sector Ethics and Trust in Government (UNDESA, OECD, TI)
May 26 & 27, 2005
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Transparency International (TI) will offer a capacity building workshop on Public Sector Ethics and Trust in Government.
This workshop will provide an update on new global and regional trends within the field of public sector ethics and anti-corruption efforts, highlighting relevant provisions in the UN Convention Against Corruption and other global agreements and reports. It will also place special emphasis on good practices in the management of national and sub-national ethics infrastructures. Political and technical challenges in introducing or strengthening the common elements of a national integrity system will be shared, taking into account the need for integrity, transparency, and accountability in public sector service delivery. Intended for both generalists and specialists with an interest in this topic, Public Sector Ethics and Trust in Government will provide tool sets on codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, civic education, assessment frameworks, and the promotion of ethical decision-making in practical situations. Region and sector specific challenges will also receive attention, offering participants the opportunity to discuss their diverse experiences.
Workshop II: Governance-Oriented Innovations to Enhance State Capacity
(UNDESA, UNDP, and the Ash Institute of Harvard University)
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Ash Institute of Harvard University will offer a capacity building workshop on Governance-Oriented Innovations to Enhance State Capacity.
As a result of globalization, the context for most governments has been transformed so radically that their traditional structures and modes of operation are no longer relevant. Flexible structures and processes are increasingly favored over the more traditional and bureaucratic patterns. There are also growing demands to make the state more competent, cohesive, and connected to the citizenry. Moreover, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are not likely to be realized without significant investment in the strengthening of public administration capacities at national and local levels. Governance-Oriented Innovations to Enhance State Capacity will bring together senior decision makers and civil servants, policy advisers, local government officials, and others involved in public sector strengthening to discuss new approaches, tools, and methodologies aimed at improving the capacity of governments to: formulate and coordinate policy-making, develop the human capital, reform structures and functions, deliver services more responsively and transparently, foster the participation of civil society through partnerships, and exercise leadership in public sector transformation.
Workshop III: Access to Services for All through Participation and Accountability
(UNHABITAT, KIPA, MOGAHA)
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT), the Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA), and the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of Korea (MOGAHA) are pleased to present a capacity building workshop on Access to Services for All through Participation and Accountability.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide good governance strategies for improving the provision of basic services to the poor and under represented groups through creative measures which encourage transparency and increased participation. Innovative partnership models and incentive structures for encouraging the involvement of community organizations, NGOs, and the private sector will be presented with an emphasis on placing underserved populations at the center of governance. Issues associated with urban centers and particularly slum upgrading will also receive attention during this workshop, which will share experiences of best practices and leadership case studies with a view to meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Workshop IV: E-Government as a Tool for Participation and Transparency
(UNDESA, IIAS, NCA, MOGAHA)
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the National Computerization Agency (NCA), and the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of Korea (MOGAHA) will offer a capacity building workshop on E-Government as a Tool for Participation and Transparency.
This workshop will discuss the pivotal role of e-government in the global community's transition to a Knowledge Society through its potential for optimizing service delivery, increasing transparency, encouraging the increased participation of constituencies, and strengthening people-centered governance. Topics will include the practical applications of e-government systems, discussion of the contexts in which the deployment of e-government is most effective, and an explanation of results of the 2003 and 2004 UN Global E-Government Surveys. As a positive example of some of the issues associated with the implementation of an e-government system, the workshop will also present the case of the Republic of Korea's Open System, which allows the on-line submission, processing, and review of civil applications. By encouraging increased efficiency and accountability, the Open System aims to minimize deviation from acceptable procedural norms for the end result of increasing trust in government and its processes. Following each presentation, participants will be invited to comment on their own experiences in general discussion.
Workshop V: Auditing for Social Change
(UNDESA, BAI, KAPA)
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Board of Audit and Inspection of the Republic of Korea (BAI), and the Korean Association for Public Administration (KAPA) are pleased to present a capacity building workshop on Auditing for Social Change.
The auditing community has historically operated within a tightly circumscribed field, limited in scope and by national boundaries. However, globalization has expanded both the reach and the influence of the audit, bringing it to the forefront of the operational framework of governance. The workshop on Auditing for Social Change will address the challenges and opportunities of this increasingly relevant topic, fostering a greater awareness of the critical role of the audit in promoting participatory and transparent governance, as well as its increasing contribution to government policy-making and processes, particularly through its relationship with planning and budgeting. Presentations will include the role of Supreme Audit Institutions, issues of citizen participation and empowerment, and relationships with legislative oversight bodies and the media. Innovative ways of engaging the auditing community more pro-actively will be discussed to ensure that impact is achieved for the public good, not only as a result of audit recommendations, but also as a result of the processes involved, such as risk-assessment and results based methodology. Special attention will additionally be given to the audit's ability to push the social agenda and facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Workshop VI: Representative Democracy, Participatory Methods, and Capacity Development for Responsible Politics
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of the 6th Global Forum, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) is pleased to offer a capacity building workshop on Representative Democracy, Participatory Methods, and Capacity Development for Responsible Politics.
Despite significant progress made during the last decade, both new and mature democracies face diverse and growing challenges in their efforts to make democracy work. Among these are dilemmas presented by competing democratic values, the design and capacity of political institutions, the emergence of new information technologies, and issues such as poverty, security, terrorism, and HIV/AIDS. Responsible Politics will focus on the need to strengthen political processes and democratic institutions to enhance their responsiveness and capacity to meet popular expectations. The workshop will discuss the concepts of representation, participation, and capacity development in relation to current challenges by examining the themes of electoral systems design, direct democracy, political party systems, and the extent to which they promote or impede responsible politics. Following discussions of best practices, participants will receive ample opportunity to share their experiences on these and related subjects.
Workshop VII: Corporate Governance, Market Economy, and Accountability
(KDI School, World Bank)
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the KDI School of Public Policy and Management and the World Bank are pleased to present a capacity building workshop on Corporate Governance, Market Economy, and Accountability.
In recent years, the use of government regulation alone has become insufficient when not accompanied by broad based systems of accountability built into the governance structures of corporations themselves. Recognizing the heightened need for improved corporate governance, this workshop was designed to address alternative experiences from traditional, emerging, and full market economies. Corporate Governance, Market Economy, and Accountability will discuss topics associated with the concentration of economic power, ownership of banks and state owned enterprises, board of directors and executive compensation, institutional shareholder activism, enforcement, social responsibility, and corporate ethics. As one of several case studies, the workshop will closely examine the progress achieved by the Republic of Korea, which introduced an extensive set of reform measures in the late 1990s. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences at this workshop, which will approach the topic of corporate governance from different perspectives.
Workshop VIII: Decentralization and Local Autonomy for Participatory Democracy
(Ministry of Public Administration of Italy, KRILA, Formez, MOGAHA)
Agenda | Aide Memoire
As part of a collaborative effort, the Ministry of Public Administration of Italy, the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration (KRILA), the Formez Study and Training Center of Italy, and the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs of Korea (MOGAHA) are pleased to present a capacity building workshop on Decentralization and Local Autonomy for Participatory Democracy.
Decentralization processes unfolding across the globe each have the potential to encourage greater participatory governance, bringing decision making within closer reach of local populations. However, the transfer of authority and resources which accompany these processes often varies considerably, depending on the approach that is employed. This workshop will examine some of the practical considerations that produce decentralization efforts, beginning with a framework discussion to clarify the different forms of decentralization in relationship to issues of inclusiveness and local accountability. A presentation of regional trends and policy implications will advance the workshop, which will include case studies on successful methods of strengthening administrative effectiveness, democratization, political participation, and local development policies. Supplementary issues related to the importance of achieving good coordination between governmental authorities will also be addressed in this workshop, which will encourage participants to present their own experiences with regard to implementation issues and alternative ways of addressing them.
Workshop IX: The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Localising the Millennium Development Goals
(UNDP, UNICEF, and CIVICUS)
As part of a collaborative effort, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) are pleased to present a capacity building workshop on the Role of Civil Society Organisations in Localising the Millenium Development Goals.
Through the exploration of innovative cultural and participatory approaches, this workshop will introduce alternative ways for civil society to achieve concrete and attainable results at the local and sub-national levels. Efforts to combat challenging issues, such as extreme poverty or hunger, are often limited to the national and international arenas by the belief that significant progress can only occur at these levels. The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Localising the MDGs seeks to change that perception by presenting positive experiences from developing regions around the globe that illustrate the ability of civil society organizations and partnerships to empower themselves and answer the question: "What can we do here at the local level?" The workshop will identify key tools, strategies, policies, and techniques that account for the role of cultural values, strengthening accountability and transparency mechanisms to enable effective local development and governance. Government officials, members of the donor community, NGO and CBO representatives, the private sector, media, and academics are strongly encouraged to attend this participatory workshop, which promises to be both colorful and highly instructive.