The UNDP have collaborated with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) to develop an e-Discussion on “Reinvigorating the Public Service”. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen public services as a crucial step to achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, in many countries, years of declining morale and self-esteem have undermined the public service and if this problem is not addressed it seems increasingly unlikely public services can produce a complex agenda on a reduced budget. The e-Discussion seeks to engage experts, practitioners and policy makers in a global dialogue on “what really works” (and doesn’t work) in reforming public service in order to begin to tackle these problems.
Hosted on the UN Teamworks online platform from 10 February 2014 to 9 March 2014, the e-Discussion will provide a platform for posting queries, ideas and solutions. Content generated during the e-Discussion, including links to key resources, will be available after the discussion. The findings and insights will be summarized in a report that will be presented at the 2nd Public Service Dialogue that will be running later in the year at the GCPSE.