A holistic approach
Open, effective and accountable institutions can make real differences for citizens, economies and societies. Without effective and inclusive public sector governance and institutions, development finance (broadly defined) may be wasted and the prospects for economic transformation compromised.
Achieving more effective and inclusive public sector governance and institutions implies supporting the capacity of state institutions as well as bolstering their responsiveness to citizen’s needs. Public sector governance is as much about strengthening core state functions (such as public finance and public procurement) as it is about ensuring that all citizens – including women and children, older persons, those with disabilities, and marginalised groups – all enjoy a full range of civil and human rights. Strengthening institutions means taking a holistic approach, and working not only with governments, but also with parliaments, independent institutions (such as Supreme Audit Institutions), the media, civil society, and the private sector.
Supporting more effective and inclusive public sector institutions
The OECD brings together public sector governance experts from developing as well as developed countries to shape international policy debates on these issues and to support innovation at country level. The work undertaken under the auspices of the OECD-DAC provides countries and organisations with a forum to exchange experiences and lessons, identify and disseminate what has worked where and why, and provide methodologies for peer learning. This work also helps build partnerships and identify and document country-level public sector reform innovations.
Strengthening and using core public sector systems
Strong core public sector institutions and systems, such as public financial management and procurement systems, are essential for fiscal health and sustainability, as well as for the effective delivery of public services. Against this background, the OECD’s Governance team supports current efforts to strengthen and use those core public sector systems, in the framework of development assistance.
Fostering more effective institutions
This approach applies a holistic lens to supporting public sector reforms, linking policy areas and actors that have previously been separated, such as revenue and budget execution, and relating core strategic functions of core public sector institutions with broader accountability factors. It also takes into account the 'soft dimensions’ of public sector reforms, such as change management issues.