Have you ever wondered why education or health policies are tipically led by a single ministry or agency, while climate change policies involve a large group of them? Nothing short of 14 ministries in Mexico and 25 federal agencies in the United States (including the top authorities in economic policy, energy, defense, urban development, agriculture, transportation, and … [Read more...] about State capacities and climate change: the public management of complex problems
The puzzle of unlikely success When I engage with clients in the field about project execution and impact, I invariably encounter a puzzle. Our clients usually point out that things would be going much better if it weren’t for the poor technical and management capabilities of the executing agency. And they are right. A lack of capacity is the headwind faced by … [Read more...] about Learning From What We Do and Doing What We Learn: What We Gain from a Solution-Search Approach to Building State Capacity
Having data is important for decision-making and especially for making good decisions. This may seem obvious, but it was not always so. Nowadays, data is everywhere, in great volume and variety, and serves to guide our actions in countless activities. It is part of our daily lives. And governments are no strangers to this context. The abundance of data has led States to … [Read more...] about 5 Lessons Learned from Open Data Workshops in Latin America and the Caribbean
Women occupy less than half of the leadership positions in the public sector despite representing more than 50% of the population. The presence of women in leadership positions in the public sector is essential. Not only due to gender equality factors but also because there is evidence that their presence generates multiple benefits. In addition to contributing new experiences … [Read more...] about How to ensure true gender parity in the leadership of public administrations in Latin America and the Caribbean?
One of the most common questions in times of pandemic has been: how to cope with constant uncertainty? This is because uncertainty makes it difficult to plan our lives, to manage our finances, it makes harder to have future job prospects, and even creates mental health challenges. At the macroeconomic level, uncertainty hinders the decision-making process for governments, can … [Read more...] about Maneuvering uncertainty: Nowcasting to improve decision making in a crisis