The Annual Meeting of the global Partnership between the OECD and the National Schools of Public Administration with the theme "Open Governments: Building Capacity on the Ground", was jointly hosted by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme Training Centre and the OECD and chaired by the Italian National School of Administration on 21 and 21 February 2014.

In competitive and increasingly open world, public services need to be innovative and willing to lead, try new ideas and engage with citizens about what matters to them most. With adoption of social media, the public service is expected to be creative in how it engages and communicates with citizens and other stakeholders. In addition, governments around the world are under the mounting pressure to become more transparent, effective and accountable, with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations.

In response to these calls, member countries have requested the OECD to advance work in this priority area (the Communiqué of the Governance Ministerial Meeting of Venice). Most recently, at the Ministerial Council Meeting in May 2013, open government was underscored by member countries as a critical driver of restoring trust in government. Moreover, many OECD and non-member countries united in a global effort to open up governments through the Open Government Partnership, which aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Most OECD countries have also adopted laws on access to information, introduced consultation with external stakeholders and civil society and made extensive use of ICT in communicating with and engaging citizens, as shown in the OECD Government at a Glance publication. Countries are also joining efforts to share innovative practices in public management and open government, as part of the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation.

 This event brought together representatives of national schools of public administration and other training and research institutions, policy makers, international, regional and national associations of schools of public administration, OECD secretariat, and other stakeholders. In addition to the discussion of building capacities in open government, the meeting provided an opportunity to shape the next steps in the partnership of the OECD and National Schools of Public Administration. Finally, the meeting helped explore synergies with the members of the Advisory Committee of the MENA-OECD Governance Programme's International Training Centre of Caserta.

 

Presentations

Session 2: Open Government: Policy Trends from Local to Global

Mr. Rolf Alter, Director, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

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Prof. Geert Bouckaert, President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Public Management Institute (Faculty of Social Sciences) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Session 3: Building Capacities for Open Government : Driving Citizen Engagement

Dr. Richard Boyle, Head of Research, Publishing and Corporate Relations, Institute of Public Administration of Ireland

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Session 5: Building Capacities for Open Government: Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Access to Information

Dr. Hyug Keun Ahn, Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Office of International Cooperation and Public Relations

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Mr. Carlos Carranza Villalobos, Director, School of Public Administration, University of Costa Rica

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