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Workshop in Cairo: Assessment Methods and Applications of Governance Evidence

Country: 
Egypt
Posted date: 
Sat, 01/02/2010
Source of the information: 
Gaportal
The workshop in Cairo (1-4 June 2009) on Assessment Methods and Applications of Governance Evidence was organized in response to a growing demand for more operational tools to assess governance in service delivery. Several countries supported by the Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments have proposed to link their governance assessment to the national strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals or other human development targets.
 

The workshop in Cairo (1-4 June 2009) on Assessment Methods and Applications of Governance Evidence was organized in response to a growing demand for more operational tools to assess governance in service delivery. Several countries supported by the Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments have proposed to link their governance assessment to the national strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals or other human development targets.

The workshop in Cairo (1-4 June 2009) on Assessment Methods and Applications of Governance Evidence was organized in response to a growing demand for more operational tools to assess governance in service delivery. Several countries supported by the Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments have proposed to link their governance assessment to the national strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals or other human development targets.
 
The workshop presented a wide range of tools for assessing the quality, efficiency and fairness of service provision in sectors such as water & sanitation and health.
 
 The workshop was co-hosted by the Social Contract Centre, a unit in the Information and Decision support Centre (IDSC), the Egyptian Cabinet’s think tank officially mandated with monitoring the implementation of 55 MDG based programmes. In Egypt the strategy to achieve the MDGs is based on rolling out 55 programmes of service delivery. With the support of the Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments, the Centre is developing an assessment framework which includes both socio-economic and governance indicators. Governance indicators will be used to examine the various reasons behind the lack of progress on MDGs – not only insufficient resources, but also lack of government action, inadequate or discriminatory policies, and unfair or inefficient distribution of resources.
 
The workshop included sessions on how to assess gender-sensitive service delivery, how to use existing datasets (collected by ministries, the statistical office or other national institutions) to diagnose the reasons behind disparities in the provision of services, and how to assess the risks for corruption in service delivery. Assessment tools currently in use in sectors such as health and water & sanitation were shared with participants. Presentations by countries that have developed their own method for measuring governance included a governance survey designed by the Palestinian Statistical Office, and a local governance assessment tool developed by an Indonesian research outfit. The workshop was attended by country stakeholders and UNDP staff from Egypt, Morocco, Djibouti and Senegal. Workshop agenda and presentations are available here.