At a time when a plurality of actors is involved in governance, public institutions no longer have a monopoly on the definition and implementation of public policies. To continue to play a central and effective role in the peaceful regulation of living together and cohesion of society in the service of public interest, public institutions are therefore obliged to restructure their functioning. They must learn to interact differently, beyond hierarchical relationships, with other actors in public action (civil society, private sector, citizens).
This program aims to analyse how, in this multi-stakeholder context, interactions between (national, infra and supra-national) public institutions and society are redefined, and how they can be strengthened. It questions the sense of restructuring public institutions, referring to the shared political and social project in which it participates. It points to the transformations of the role of public institutions in a context of co-production of public action that redefines the boundaries of responsibility and public interest. It pays particular attention to the understanding of public administration, central and decentralised, often overlooked in the analyses on governance, which is a crucial link between the government and its people. How to make the administration more responsive to the people and accountable to it ? How to change the administrative culture towards a co-production of public action ? How do the mechanisms of open government, in particular through the use of new technologies, allow to promote interaction between the administration and the various actors in society ?
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Inter-American Development BankIAG,
Africa Governance InstituteMAEE,
Ministère français des affaires étrangères et européennes - sous-direction de la gouvernance démocratique et Direction amériquesCERDHAP,
University Pierre Mendès France - Centre d’études et de recherche sur le droit, histoire, administration publiqueLAM
Les Afriques dans le monde, Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux
Following those of the Andean countries in Colombia and The Republic of Guinea, this was the third in a series of regional meetings co-ordinated by IRG. In association with the French embassy in Serbia and the Serbian Association of Municipalities and Towns (SKGO), these exchanges facilitated a greater understanding of the challenges and stakes involved in the context of integration within the European Union. Using examples relating to justice, decentralisation and customs operation, debates were centred around three themes : the challenges implicit in outside support in relation to the reform of public administration, the identification of requirements and mechanisms for improving partnership in administration co-operation.
In the Andean region, administrative reform is currently at the heart of a broad debate, notably against the background of transformation of the State. The 2008 and 2009 constitutions in Ecuador and Bolivia for instance have set off major state reforms and the instauration of a “new public management”.
This evolution forces “public affairs” policy-makers to adjust and often to modify their approach and their thinking framework. It also induces the transformation of approaches and practices adopted by external cooperation actors towards backing the renewal of public administration.
The French Ministry of Foreign and European affairs, the service of Andean regional cooperation, the French Embassy in Colombia, the Esternado University, Bogota and the institute for Research and debate on Governance offer the Andean actors implementing public administration reform and the international cooperation coordinators in the region a platform where to discuss, from personal experience, the reforms introduced in the region as well as the mechanisms and implications of cooperation in this field.
A summary of the discussions will shortly be available on the IRG website
Bogota, Externado University of Colombia
Bogota, Externado University of Colombia
Title in English : Practice in the evaluation of governance in Latin America
By Claire Launay-Gama, Mónica Pachón
Release Date: March 2011
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