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This blog, by Wikichild co-ordinator Melinda George, takes a look at the well-being aspects and the quality of public service provision in the OECD's "Government at a Glance 2013" report. The post is part of Wikiprogress' December spotlight on governance.
The metropolitan region of Aix-Marseille in the south of France needs to tackle its fragmentated governance if it is to return to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth, according to a new OECD report.
If governments at all levels work together to unleash the potential of cities and regions as engines of economic dynamism, they will greatly benefit national recovery and will create conditions for a better life, said OECD Secretary-General.
The economic crisis has hit certain regions and cities harder than others in the OECD area, calling for better regional policies across levels of governments to foster an inclusive and sustainable recovery, according to two new OECD reports.
Regions at a Glance 2013 showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing both on the latest comparable data and on past trends across regions in OECD countries.
Ministers responsible for regional, urban and territorial development from around the world will gather in Marseille, France on 5-6 December 2013 to share good practices and future opportunities in three areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.
"Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging National and Local Policies to Deliver Growth and Well-being". The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, will take place on 4-5 December 2013. The event will focus on how national governments and cities can better work together to foster growth and well-being.
The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation aims to systematically collect, categorise, analyse and share innovative practices from across the public sector, via an online interactive database.
To help countries address governance challenges linked to public investment across levels of government, the OECD is working to identify good practices, learn from good examples and identify framework conditions that are critical to make the most of public investment.
Democracy depends on trust, but many citizens have lost faith in their government’s ability to design and implement fair and effective policies.