SG I: Study Group on Public Administration, Democratic Governance and Poverty Alleviation

The Study Group had taken its point of departure from the landmark Declaration of the Millennium Assembly. Of the Millennium Goals, enshrined in that Declaration, Peace, Security and Development with Poverty Alleviation were prominently featured. Spelt out in some detail, they were all predicated on effective cooperation among UN Member States and this, in turn, on building their capacity for democratic governance and public administration. As we approach the deadline of 2015, it is no mere coincidence that the countries, which come closest to meeting the MDGs, are those with best performing administrative systems and institutions of governance. The Member States in question approximate these goals or offer best assurances of being in a position to reach them in good time. With a crisis afflicting the world, the issue of re-defining or fine-tuning the agenda for post-2015 becomes extremely relevant. What lessons have we learned from one decade of efforts to secure sustainable growth with poverty alleviation? Has economic progress produced the hoped-for lowering of global poverty levels? How evenly; how well?

The incidence of poverty and poverty alleviation take on a special importance and play a bellwether role because they bring to light, more starkly than other phenomena, the challenge that we face. They also make apparent some flaws and limitations of democratic governance and public administration, in several parts of the globe. Despite the prevalent rhetoric, these unaddressed shortcomings, mostly in the form of strategies and policies in force become more starkly apparent in light of the deep crisis, which still afflicts the world. 

Objectives

The central theme, that runs through the book, explores the close relationship of poverty alleviation and sustainable development to democratic governance and the administrative state; the pivotal role, in effect, of a service-oriented public administration in building and sustaining vitality in democracy. 

Outcomes of the study

The study aims to give substance and offer clear direction to government and governance of democratic states in terms of pressing challenges and vital societal needs.  

The output of the study group will be a publication of a book on the above issue in three different parts. Part I will be thematic; Part II will bring together the regional perspectives from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa among others. A more succinct third part will consist of summaries of chapters, in English, French and Spanish.

 

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