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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

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. Initially targeted at EU candidate countries and potential candidates, a version of the Principles has been developed for European Neighbourhood countries.

News & Events

SIGMA - GiZ Eastern Partnership Regional Fund Academies for EaP countries – 22-26 May 2023

This series of academies on Service Design and Delivery in a Digital Age will enable in-depth discussions, networking, exchanges between the countries in the region, and provide examples of inspiring EU practices. The second academy focused on “Digital transformation” and was held in Chișinău, Moldova. Other academies will be held in Georgia and Berlin throughout 2023.

Discussion on current developments of public administration reform in Ukraine - 24 May 2023

Elsa Pilichowski, OECD Director for Public Governance, and Gregor Virant, Head of the SIGMA Programme, met with Oleksandr Korniienko, First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The discussion was focused on current public administration reforms in Ukraine, the support provided by the OECD and other governance issues that will be key during the post-war recovery phase.

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Informal MENA-OECD Expert Group on Measuring Performance in the Public Sector, in collaboration with SIGMA – 15 May 2023

In order to deliver good quality public services, governments must get an in-depth understanding of users’ experiences and build an user-centric culture among public servants. This workshop gathered representatives of MENA and OECD governments and was designed to stimulate learning and the exchange of experiences, with presentations from the regions and time for discussion.

[News item] Subnational government in the Western Balkans, SIGMA Paper No.66

Subnational government in the Western Balkans, SIGMA Paper No.66

This paper presents multi-level government in the Western Balkan economies, comparing them with one another and with international trends. It covers territorial and institutional organisation, competences of local governments, human resources and accountability, public financial management and vertical and horizontal co-ordination, identifying key characteristics and recent trends.

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Launch of the new Strategic Development Plan of the State Audit Institution (SAI) of Montenegro

In March 2023, the SAI presented its strategic development plan for 2023-27, which was prepared with the support of SIGMA. With this plan the SAI aims to “Make changes for the benefit of citizens” by contributing to effective and sustainable public financial management, strengthening audit impact through proactive co-operation with stakeholders and responding to modern challenges.