Volume 10, Issue 4 – November 2012

The mission of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) is to promote the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices throughout the world in sound public policies, effective public administration and efficient civil services, through capacity-building and cooperation among the United Nations Member States, with emphasis on south-south cooperation and UNPAN's commitment to integrity and excellence.


UNPAN Partners and SADC Member States Meet in South Africa
At a training workshop of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) Partners and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10 to 12 October 2012, Ms. Haiyan Qian, Director, DPADM, delivered welcome remarks and a substantive presentation on "What is Open Data and Open Government Data Around the World" through pre-recorded video messages.

Participants agreed that : i) an enabling environment is fundamental to the effective implementation and sustainability of Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives and that the initiatives have to start at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom; (ii) creating open processes for design and implementation of OGD initiatives is equally important; (iii) political, legal, organizational, technical, economic and social dimensions should be carefully considered while developing benchmarking frameworks to measure open data progress in countries; (iv) records are fundamental to the effective implementation and sustainability of open government data initiatives in order to provide verifiable, quality sources of information; (v) more research is needed to measure the impact of open government data initiatives.

Participants also discussed the future of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), focusing on what the network needs to do differently to stay current and relevant to policy makers, experts and practitioners, particularly in view of deliberations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda which are underway. They also discussed the issues surrounding open government data and reviewed the draft open government data toolkit currently under development by DPADM.

Strong interest was registered by Member States, particularly from Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zambia, to contribute to a global open data portal in the event that the platform is offered by DPADM. Introduction of the Open Government Data Toolkit was found very useful and timely not only by Member States but also by the regional organizations present in the Workshop. The workshop was organized by DPADM in cooperation with the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) of the Ministry for Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa.

Further information about the workshop can be viewed at http://www.unpan.org/sa2012

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African Association for Public Administration and Management

Conference Information

AAPAM 34th Roundtable Conference
Date: 12-16 November 2012
Location: Zanzibar
URL: www.aapam.org

African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development

Conference Information

Pan African Conference of Presidents of Constitutional Courts
Date: 26-28 November 2012
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
E-mail: cafrad@cafrad.org
URL: http://www.cafrad.org

Problematic of audit, control and evaluation of state institutions ...
Date: 29-31 October 2012
Location: Tangier, Morocco
E-mail: cafrad@cafrad.org
URL: http://www.cafrad.org

Centre for Public Service Innovation

Conference Information

Public Service International Congress

Date: 22-23 August 2012
Location: East London, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
E-mail: Lydia.Phalwane@cpsi.co.za
URL: http://www.unpan.org/Events/BrowseEventsbyCalendar/tabid/94/mctl/EventDetails/ModuleID/1532/ItemID/2157/language/en-US/Default.aspx?selecteddate=8/22/2012

Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Conference Information

Next Stage in Open Government Data: Using Data for Transparency, Accountability and Collaboration
Dates: 10-12 October 2012
Location: Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton, Cape Town
URL: http://www.unpan.org/sa2012

2012 Global Forum on E-Government: Smart E-Government for a Better Future
Dates: 18-19 October 2012
Location: Seoul, Republic of Korea
URL: http://www.unpan.org/Events/BrowseEventsbyCalendar/tabid/94/mctl/EventDetails/ModuleID/1532/ItemID/2257/language/en-US/Default.aspx?selecteddate=10/18/2012

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

EROPA 2012 Conference
Dates: 28 October - 01 November 2012
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
URL: http://eropa2012.org

Regional Cooperation Office for City Informatization (RCOCI)

Recent Publications:
Asia-Pacific City Informatization Bulletin, Autumn 2012, Issue 38
Governance Asia-Pacific Watch, October 2012, Issue 131
Governance Asia-Pacific Watch, September 2012, Issue 130
Governance Asia-Pacific Watch, August 2012, Issue 129

UNPAN Newsletter is published quarterly by the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN).

Editor: Giles Hutchinson, UNPAN Managment Unit, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, 2 UN Plaza-Room DC2-1721A

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