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  • 29-November-2010

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    Handbook on Contracting Out Government Functions and Services in Post-Conflict and Fragile Situations

    The contracting out of government functions and services to external providers is an established practice in many developed and developing countries. On the one hand, it can offer essential support to states that have to deliver basic services urgently; on the other, it risks bypassing governments and undermining their long-term recovery. The OECD’s Partnership for Democratic Governance was formed in 2007 to gather evidence on this issue.

    This handbook does not take a view for or against contracting out; nor is it a technical manual. The handbook is for field practitioners and government policy makers in countries that are either emerging from conflict or are otherwise considered to be fragile. Its aim is to help them make more informed choices about the types of contracting that are best suited to their country. It is a tool to assess whether contracting out might be a possible way forward – either temporarily or over a longer period of time – for delivering a core service (such as basic education, healthcare, water and sanitation) or a government function (such as managing public finances and human resources). The handbook illustrates these points with the aid of case studies ranging from Afghanistan to Haiti and Liberia.

  • 29-November-2010

    English

    Cities and Climate Change

    As the hubs of economic activity, cities drive the vast majority of the world’s energy use and are major contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Because they are home to major infrastructure and highly concentrated populations, cities are also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and fiercer storms. At the same time, better urban planning and policies can reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the resilience of urban infrastructure to climate change, thus shaping future trends.  

    This book shows how city and metropolitan regional governments working in tandem with national governments can change the way we think about responding to climate change. The chapters analyse: trends in urbanisation, economic growth, energy use and climate change; the economic benefits of climate action; the role of urban policies in reducing energy demand, improving resilience to climate change and complementing global climate policies; frameworks for multilevel governance of climate change including engagement with relevant stakeholders; and the contribution of cities to “green growth”, including the “greening” of fiscal policies, innovation and jobs. The book also explores policy tools and best practices from both OECD and some non-member countries.  

    Cities and Climate Change reveals the importance of addressing climate change across all levels of government. Local involvement through “climate-conscious” urban planning and management can help achieve national climate goals and minimise tradeoffs between environmental and economic priorities at local levels. The book will be relevant to policy makers, researchers, and others with an interest in learning more about urbanisation and climate change policy. 

  • 24-November-2010

    English

    Books on Governance (OECD iLibrary)

    Are available under this link all the OECD books on the topic of governance (OECD iLibrary).

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  • 15-November-2010

    English

    The call for innovative and open government

    To the Public Governance Ministerial Meeting, Angel Gurría underlined that "Trust is a key intangible asset, necessary for the functioning of our market economies", that "Trust is also needed for governments to undertake the necessary reforms to restore long-term sustainable growth."

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  • 2-November-2010

    English

    Good Governance for Digital Policies: How to Get the Most Out of ICT: The Case of Spain's Plan Avanza

    Plan Avanza, Spain’s national Information Society strategy, has helped it into the knowledge economy. This book identifies areas on which Spain should continue work.

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  • 28-October-2010

    English

    Regulatory policy at the crossroads: towards a new policy agenda

    In the current circumstances of weak recovery, high unemployment and constrained room for manoeuvre by macro-economic policies, a robust regulatory environment is key to return to a stronger, fairer and sustainable growth path, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 9-September-2010

    English

    OECD Public Governance Reviews: Finland 2010: Working Together to Sustain Success

    This review of public governance in Finland finds the traditional Nordic model under pressure from rapid ageing, the economic crisis and societal disillusionment. It makes recommendations for improving public governance in Finland.

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  • 25-May-2010

    English

    3rd annual meeting of the OECD urban roundtable for mayors and ministers, “Cities and Green Growth”

    Speaking at the Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministerse, A. Gurría recommended to make the analysis of green growth more systematic and to develop a common set of urban environmental and economic indicators.

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  • 20-May-2010

    English

    OECD Factbook: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

    The OECD Factbook is the best-selling, innovative title from the OECD. It provides a global overview of today’s major economic, social and environmental indicators, presenting them clearly and concisely, and in a range of user-friendly formats.

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  • 15-March-2010

    English

    Greece - Moving ahead to address the challenges

    In his remarks to the Central Bank of Greece, Mr. Gurría offered the OECD support, expertise, and policy experience to help Greece modernise its economy and put it on a path of sustained growth.

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