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Improving public service delivery worldwide through the dissemination of good governance and administration practices is at the heart of the OECD’s mandate to promote better policies for better lives. Partnerships between regional and international networks such as the ones supported by the OECD and IIAS are fundamental to building more open, inclusive, accountable and resilient public sectors.

The OECD and the IIAS share many of the same concerns when it comes to delivering public value through public governance and advancing the sustainable development agenda. These shared values manifest themselves in both formal and informal collaboration to support effective governance through better data, research and analysis. The cooperation in events like the 2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Conference and the 2018 IIAS International Conference have provided the opportunity to engage with governments in a discussion on how to develop new approaches to better coordinate, consult and work across policy areas; to design and implementation of innovative, forward-looking policies; and to make better use of budget, procurement and regulatory tools.

As a member of OECD’s Global Network of Schools of Government’s (OECD-NSG) Steering Committee, the IIAS is a valuable partner helping the OECD promote knowledge and exchange experiences amongst institutions and organisations worldwide involved in public sector capacity-building activities and research. The NSG provides a platform for the OECD and the IIAS to support countries in building capacity and in securing the long-term sustainability of public sector reforms. This Network provides direct access to hands-on governance expertise and enables exchange of good practices in ensuring that public sector employees have the skills and competencies to address current and future priorities.

The OECD’s growing relationship with the IIAS reflects the importance of partnerships to achieve better policy outcomes. This includes the Sustainable Development Goals, where sound public governance acts as a key enabler. Joining our expertise and networks will have a greater impact to address today’s complex challenges and contribute to better governance. Pursuing a forward-looking and strategic partnership between the OECD and IIAS can help support good governance in today’s complex and increasingly uncertain policy environment by bringing together their experience, challenges and solutions to help governments improve policymaking and public governance.

Edwin Lau , Head of Division, Public Sector Reform, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD ( USA)