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GIFT Newsletter #38

United Nations Presents the
World Public Sector Report of 2019

Sustainable Development Goal 16: Focus on Public Institutions

The World Public Sector Report 2019 looks at national-level developments in relation to several concepts highlighted in the targets of Goal 16, which are viewed as institutional principles: access to information, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption, inclusiveness of decision-making processes, and non-discrimination. The report further examines two critical instruments that can support effective public institutions and public administration for the SDGs, namely national budget processes and risk management.
The third section, devoted to budget processes, acknowledges that efforts to better reflect the SDGs in national budget processes have to be conceived as part of broader efforts to strengthen budget systems, especially PFM reforms, analyzing different forms in which countries are integrating the SDGs into the budget process. This chapter refers extensively to the GIFT High-Level Principles, the Public Participation Principles, and emphasizes gender based budgeting and inclusive public participation.
Read the executive summary or in full detail.
 Why Balance Sheets Matter 
International Monetary Fund - Jason Harris, Abdelhak Senhadji and Alexander F. Tieman
June 13

The International Monetary Fund presented this month the Public Sector Balance Sheet Database. The reason behind the interest on this database is that when governments know what they own, they can make better use of the assets for the well-being of all their citizens. The database covers 38 countries’ public assets and liabilities and includes low-income, emerging market, and advanced economies. It expands coverage from the October Fiscal Monitor by adding seven countries: Mexico, Malta, North Macedonia, Senegal, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Lithuania.

Read the IMF blog post on the publication or visit the database.

Call for papers for the journal Public Sector Economics

The Journal of Public Sector Economics seeks theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions analyzing the role and functioning of the public sector at macroeconomic, sectoral and microeconomic levels, in both advanced and emerging market economies.  This call for papers is for a Special Issue on the Economics and Governance for Sustainability. The guest editors Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy are welcoming theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions analyzing the state of play of economic theory and practice of sustainable development, with a view of its contribution to the governance of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The manuscript deadline is 15 August 2019.

Mexico City, the first subnational government to adopt the Open Fiscal Data Package to power its fiscal transparency portal
June 9

We want to commend Mexico City for presenting its new fiscal transparency portal (, adopting the Open Fiscal Data Package.

Open Contracting Lift now open
Open Contracting Partnership
May 13
The Open Contracting Partnership just launched a new program called Open Contracting Lift. The program focuses on helping reformers to get impact from public contracting reforms. If you are working on a bold reform that tries to elevate public services through open contracting or if you know of visionary reform teams, please encourage them to join!
call for applications is now open.
Deadline August 12
Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019
A few weeks have passed since we gathered in Ottawa, Canada for the OGP Global Summit 2019. We want to share with you some key numbers of the summit:
  • There were 2,614 participants from 119 countries.
    • By gender, 52% identified as female, 47% identified as male, and 1% chose not to specify.
    • By region, 39% came from North America, 24% from Europe, 16% from Asia-Pacific, 11% from Latin America, and 10% from Africa.
    • By sector, 40% came from civil society organizations, 25% from national governments, 12% from international/multilateral organizations, 9% from the private sector and media, 8% from think tanks and academic institutions, 4% from local governments, and 2% from parliaments.
  • It had a total of 100 sessions with 26 broadly focusing on Impact, 24 on Inclusion, 22 on Participation, and 28 in the Open track.
  • Engagement had a special emphasis on gender, inclusion, and civic space.
GIFT had an interesting session with the participation of Jim Brumby, Director of the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank and Open Data Day winners, moderated by Juan Pablo Guerrero, GIFT Network Director. The focus was on how to engage non-experts in monitoring public spending, a constant challenge faced by governments open for participation as well as civil society organizations that aim to engage with a broader audience.
The report of this and all the session of the summit have been compiled by the OGP in an
open drive as an effort to provide access to anyone who was not able to attend! 
Building Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions
Ankara, Turkey
June 11-12
During June 11-12, 2019, the World Bank joined forces with development partners, including the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFiD), the European Commission, SIGMA – Support for Improvement in Governance and Management – a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union, UN Women, and the Asian Development Bank, in organizing the 1st Regional Governance Conference for Europe and Central Asia countries.

The Governance Conference brought together over 500 delegates taking stock of reforms to improve governance in Europe and Central Asia, and discussing the ways to inspire next generation changes in improving governance practices in the region.

Find the highlighted messages around effectiveness and accountability, citizen engagement, inclusiveness in public services, GovTech and the future of more regional dialogue and exchange in this
blog post, where you will also find the agenda and presentations of the event.
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