Blog by Anna Pietikainen, Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD Our consumption of essential services was profoundly transformed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Internet and data traffic surged as many of us moved to work and learn online. Energy consumption slumped as offices closed and entire industries ground to a halt. … Continue reading Regulation of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for the future
Category: Public governance
COVID-19 is a chilling reminder of why the world needs to protect whistleblowers
Retaliation against whistleblowers during the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a spotlight on the critical role whistleblower protection plays in the fight against bribery and corruption. OECD's Leah Ambler and Apostolos Zampounidis argue that emergency measures should be taken to protect whistleblowers and promote reporting during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Enforcing social distancing – assessing what works and what doesn’t
It is one thing to impose social distancing measures – but how do you ensure they are followed, and how do you know whether the approach is working? Florentin Blanc, OECD, and Maria De Benedetto, Roma Tre University, take a first glance at different approaches and possible sources of data. The current Coronavirus pandemic is … Continue reading Enforcing social distancing – assessing what works and what doesn’t
Harnessing Collective Intelligence with Open Data
Blog by Cecilia Emilsson, OECD Digital Government and Data Unit, Public Governance Directorate, OECD Open Data has a big impact on our lives. Imagine your daily routine without being able to use apps like CityMapper for the smartest commuting route, or make informed food purchases with platforms like Open Food Facts. The release of air … Continue reading Harnessing Collective Intelligence with Open Data
Defending businesses and entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The active development of institutions that protect the rights of entrepreneurs began in the 90s in the European Union, United States and Australia. Only recently have similar institutions been established in the post-socialist regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The integrity road: fighting corruption in infrastructure in Asia-Pacific
Blog by Jeroen Michels, Samuel Brown and Balázs Gyimesi, Public Sector Integrity Division, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD Corruption can derail us from going places – both in transport infrastructure and socio-economic development. Infrastructure is key to facilitating trade, but also to better health care and education, water supply systems, and waste treatment facilities. The … Continue reading The integrity road: fighting corruption in infrastructure in Asia-Pacific
Celebrating the unsung heroes of integrity and anti-corruption: government officials
Blog by Julio Bacio Terracino, Acting Head of the Public Sector Integrity Division, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD Today is anti-corruption day and as every year we hear a fair share of bad news. Corruption is everywhere and much more action is needed. That we know. But for a change, today let’s celebrate. Let’s cheer … Continue reading Celebrating the unsung heroes of integrity and anti-corruption: government officials
How can we achieve data-driven government?
Blog by Benjamin Welby, Policy Analyst, Digital Government Unit, Public Governance Directorate, OECD. When we developed the OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies in 2014 it emphasised the role of data. Since then we’ve worked with numerous countries to put that Recommendation into practice and explore the use of data, both as Open Government Data … Continue reading How can we achieve data-driven government?
Innovation skills and leadership in Brazil’s public sector
By Kevin Richman, Innovation Specialist, Observatory for Public Sector Innovation, OECD Today the OECD reports Innovation Skills and Leadership in Brazil’s Public Sector and The Innovation System of the Public Service of Brazil: An exploration of its past, present and future journey were launched by Marcos Bonturi, Director of Public Governance, OECD, at the Brazilian … Continue reading Innovation skills and leadership in Brazil’s public sector
The Appropriate Financial Policy Toolkit in an Integrated World
Since the Global Financial Crisis, challenges related to capital flow management and financial stability have evolved, leading policymakers to broaden the policy toolkit available to deal with those challenges. In this context, the time was ripe for a review of the OECD Code of Liberalisation of Capital Movements, the only multilateral agreement covering the full capital account. The updated Code was adopted by OECD Ministers in May 2019 and launched at the G20 Finance meeting in Fukuoka. It is not only more flexible, to better deal with current financial stability requirements, but it also makes an important contribution to the global debate on the international financial architecture.