January 30, 2013Doug Hadden
This weekly news update provides the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community with a brief overview of recent FreeBalance developments and relevant industry news.
New alliance positions FreeBalance and everis for GRP growth in Latin America & the Caribbean
FreeBalance and everis today announced a global product and services alliance focused initially on Government Resource Planning in Latin America & the Caribbean. The alliance will scale over time to address the growing demand for GRP solutions worldwide. The product and services partnership scope includes public financial management, civil service management, open government transparency and public procurement software and solutions. The alliance provides an opportunity for FreeBalance and everis to collaborate on initiatives that will empower citizens and transform government services through proven technology.
What does Lincoln (the movie) tell us About Corruption in Fragile States?
Some of us tend to forget that so-called “developed countries” were once fragile states: civil war, death, destruction, poverty, political assassination. The movie Lincoln covers a fragile time in the History of United States. The lessons from the movie seem to contradict the rhetoric in the American press about what developing nations should do.
Liberia to display public finances on open billboard>/h3>
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday evening officially launched an electronic billboard in central Monrovia that will display an updated profile of Liberia’s public finances. According to Finance Minister Amara Konneh, the billboard will help ordinary citizens understand what is happening to the nation’s finances. The Open Budget Initiative will display the financial commitments of the government and how taxes and grant monies are being spent, show where budget money is allocated, track revenue flows, visualise government projects and track their actual implementation against plans.
HR shortage in e-Governance prompts policy revamp in India
An Expert Committee commissioned to help resolve the shortage of skilled IT personnel in e-governance projects has released its recommendations for implementing new human resources (HR) policies in the government. In November, the lack of sufficient human resources was identified by the Prime Minister’s Committee on the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of India as the biggest constraint in the adoption of e-governance. The government currently employs only 5000 IT professionals, 50 per cent of whom work in a single agency.
The times they are a-changin’
The world today seems to be changing significantly faster than ever before. In a year that brought us the demise of the seemingly immortal Encyclopedia Britannica (after 244 years in print), CERN announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, Voyager 1 on the edge of leaving the solar system, and Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner freefalling from the edge of space, one can wonder what the rest of the decade will bring. What do these changes mean for the public service?
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