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Reforming public administrations

Support for Improvement in Government and Management has been working with partner public administrations on strengthening their public governance systems and capacities since 1992.

Principles of Public Administration

A framework for good public administration

The Principles were first developed in 2014 to set out in practice what a well-functioning public administration looks like. A revised edition was published in November 2023 that updates the framework in line with the most recent standards and practices.

News & Events

Head of SIGMA meets the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

On 13 June, the Head of SIGMA met the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Mr Oleksandr Kornienko to discuss ongoing support for modernisation of the public administration. Various aspects of public service and HRM were discussed in light of Ukraine’s European integration process. SIGMA will continue to provide any support that Ukraine might need in the field of public governance.

Inter-municipal co-operation in the Western Balkans, SIGMA Paper No.70

Inter-municipal co-operation (IMC) is an efficient instrument for solving several issues at the local government level, in small to large-sized municipalities. This paper summarises IMC examples from EU and OECD countries and offers recommendations specific to the Western Balkans by analysing the legislative basis, support and incentives and practical data of IMC in the region.

Casebook: Public Procurement Law in Practice (May 2024)

This material translates the EU public procurement legal framework into practical case-studies using real-life judgments from the Court of Justice of the EU. It was designed to help practitioners in SIGMA partners understand and implement public procurement processes according to EU standards, in this way enhancing transparency, efficiency, and compliance in public procurement.

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Increasing the impact of supreme audit institutions through external engagement, SIGMA Paper No.69

Supreme audit institutions (SAIs) are a critical part of public accountability systems. They ‘watch’ over governments’ use of public money and report about it publicly, helping to increase transparency. This paper explores European SAIs’ practices on communication, co-operation and collaboration with external stakeholders –including citizens– to increase the impact of their work.

Parliaments and evidence-based lawmaking in the Western Balkans, SIGMA Paper No.68

Parliaments have a unique role in ensuring that adopted laws, regardless of who initiated them, are evidence-based and fit-for-purpose. This paper examines how laws are planned, initiated, prepared, scrutinised and evaluated by the parliaments of six Western Balkan administrations, providing key findings and recommendations on planning and implementing future reforms.