Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 22-23 October 2007


The public sector is in the midst of transformation. New forms of public sector management, new approaches to service delivery and new technologies are changing how the public sector operates. This has created the need for new methods to promote and ensure accountability by both agencies and governments. Additionally, preserving the trust of citizens in government while also devolving the public sector, ensuring conformity with government policy objectives, controlling expenditure, and monitoring performance have all become increasingly important and challenging. 


The Global Forum on Governance provided an opportunity for participating countries to share their reform experiences in government modernisation and policies aimed at increasing public sector efficiencies. The Forum aims built dialogue and provided the international policy community with insight into key policy efforts undertaken in pubilc sector modernisation. It focused on key priority areas selected for their importance in achieving overall system change, including regulatory reform and administrative simplification, public service delivery and performance, multi-level governance and decentralisation, open government and e-government. Through thematic working groups participants had the chance to exchange best practices.  The Forum concluded with a dynamic panel dedicated to a discussion of the political economy of reform.


The Forum also offered the chance to gain a deeper understanding of how reform can be approached and how different institutional, economic and cultural settings impact its successful design and implementation.



The Global Forum on Governance took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  22-23 October, at the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)