The world is changing in dramatic ways and public servants are in a good position to take advantage of these changes. Here is the list of trends related to the public sector that can help decision-makers craft national strategy and navigate an uncertain future towards achieving global sustainable development goals.
Advance Long-Term Health Security Across Africa
Source: African Development Bank Group
To increase the production capacity of vaccines and reduce reliance on imports in the African continent, South Africa announced a partnership with Biovac, together with nine development and finance institutions in Cape Town, to support vaccine manufacturing expansion. This initiative will boost the country’s response to COVID-19 and advance long-term health security throughout the African continent.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/press-releases/biovac-and-development-partners-collaborate-support-south-africas-vaccine-manufacturing-expansion-and-advance-long-term-health-security-across-africa-49641
Improving the quality of post-harvest processes in Ghana’s rice value chain
Source: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Rice is an important crop in Ghana, with a steady increase in consumption over recent decades due to population growth, urbanization and changes in consumer habits. As a joint effort of the government of Ghana and Japan, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this project will strengthen competencies along the value chain in order to make use of modern technologies, realize higher value creation, and comply with market requirements.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.unido.org/news/improving-quality-post-harvest-processes-ghanas-rice-value-chain
How VR, Data, and AI are Revolutionizing Higher Education
Technology is transforming the way students are learning in institutes of higher learning across the world. Students majoring in pharmaceutical engineering are faced with learning how to use complex equipment necessary for their field of study through virtual simulation. At the Applied Learning Conference 2022, speakers from Singapore institutions shared how tech such as virtual reality (VR) and games can help students learn better beyond the classroom.
Learn more about this trend at https://govinsider.asia/education/sit-how-vr-data-and-ai-are-revolutionising-higher-education/
A whole new world: Education meets the metaverse
As technology advances to bring us new immersive and imaginary worlds, how we can educate children and prepare teachers must also advance to meet these new opportunities. Today, as the metaverse infrastructure is still under construction, researchers, educators, policymakers, and digital designers have a chance to lead the way.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.brookings.edu/research/a-whole-new-world-education-meets-the-metaverse/
Digital Transformation: A New Roadmap for Success
Source: Harvard Business School
Organizational change is never easy, but achieving digital maturity can be a difficult journey, even for digital-first companies. A roundtable discussion with 175 senior executives around the globe and more than 1,500 executives from 90 countries helped form a picture of today’s digital transformation.
Learn more about this trend at https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/leading-in-the-digital-era-a-new-roadmap-for-success
How design thinking can improve digital public services
As citizens become used to personalized platforms like TikTok, they expect the same from government public services as well. Governments can fulfil citizen needs even during a crisis by designing flexible systems that can quickly respond to new challenges, citizens rely on governments to share reliable and updated information during public crises.
Learn more about this trend at https://govinsider.asia/citizen-centric/how-design-thinking-can-improve-digital-public-services-xtremax-sitecore/