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Socio-Economic Governance and Management

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The implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the UN Development Agenda that are strongly underpinned by pro-poor and pro-equity orientation, requires new types of institutions including new approaches, strategies and tools. What is also required is new relationships and new partnerships. The overall governance environment, especially those elements that contribute more directly to the planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of public services, require adjusting, repositioning in a way that goes beyond the realm of public administration and become more citizen-based and engaging. All these require learning of new skills, the introduction of new tools and the initiation of new procedures and processes.

DESA is attempting to respond to these new challenges through the provision of what it calls socioeconomic governance products and advisory services. In this aspect, the Socio-economic Governance and Management Branch (SGMB) of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is taking the lead. In order to pursue its work coherently and consistently the Branch is organized both functionally into two clusters: i) Participatory Governance and Partnership Cluster; and ii) Governance Tools for the Implementation of the UN Development Agenda Cluster or Governance Tools Cluster. For reference, see Organizational Chart. In addition, DPADM through this Branch also has an outreach agency, namely: United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya, Japan , and partners with the International Centre of Innovation and Exchange in Public Administration (CIIIAP), Bahia, Brazil. UNCRD with its two regional offices in Africa and Latin America offers training, research and technical cooperation in the broader issues of sustainable human development.

A conceptual framework describing the key elements of socioeconomic governance products and services is presented below:

  • Inter-governmental and research work in the area of pro-poor governance and development;
  • Capacity-building of social and economic institutions relevant for the MDGs (for example, strengthening the planning and monitoring capacities of the ministries of planning, social welfare etc.);
  • Production of tools, techniques and strategies that contribute more directly to supporting the MDGs (for example, national and subnational human development reports, citizen charters, people budgeting, participatory audit etc.);
  • Strategies and institutional options to link social capital to development management to pursue the 'engaged governance' process for citizen-based dialoguing and advocacy for policy change (for example, in recent times the South Asian civil societies have networked among themselves and formed a group called the South Asian Centre for Policy Studies [SACEPS] and SGMB provided support to this group to produce, "A Citizen's Social Charter for South Asia: An Agenda for Civic Action," as a dialoguing tool for policy formulation in social development. In addition, in order to explore mechanisms, tools and strategies relevant for citizen engagement, DPADM/SGMB partnered with the State Government of Queensland, Australia and organised the first "International Conference on Engaging Communities" during
    14-17 August 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. For further information, please view conference details.
  • Building the capacities in pro-poor budgeting process, participatory audits, monitoring and evaluation, etc.
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