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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

SIGMA Monitoring Report: Public administration in Ukraine (December 2023)

Public administration reform has been a priority in Ukraine since the Revolution of Dignity in 2014. This report presents the state of play of Ukraine’s public administration system at the end of 2021, before the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, as well as the situation in 2023, almost two years into the war, and provides recommendations for the way forward.

SIGMA - GiZ Eastern Partnership Regional Fund Academies for EaP countries – 27 November -1 December 2023

This series of academies proposed in-depth discussions on Service Design and Delivery in a Digital Age, aiming at enabling networking, exchanges between the countries in the region, and examining inspiring EU practices. After Paris, Chisinau and Tbilisi, Berlin closed the series with the focus on “Gathering user insights and feedback”.

The Principles of Public Administration, 2023 edition

The revised edition updates the framework in line with the most recent standards and good practices in the EU, OECD and other international organisations. It provides the latest guidance for public administration reforms in the context of the EU accession process.

SIGMA Monitoring Report: Public administration in the Republic of Moldova (October 2023)

In 2022, the EU granted Moldova candidate status under the commitment to structural reforms. The EU decision emphasised the need for reforms in public administration and public financial management in line with the new EU enlargement methodology. This report reviews performance according to the Principles of Public Administration and provides recommendations for the way forward.

The role and functions of the centre of government in the European Neighbourhood Policy East region, SIGMA Paper No.67

This paper explores the centre of government (CoG)’s role in policy co-ordination, how it supports quality decision making, strategic planning and European integration issues. It presents an overview of CoG functions in five European Neighbourhood Policy East countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – and highlights the strengths and challenges.