As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, a lot of things have changed and need to be considered in delivering quality services to the citizens. And as the public sector increasingly becomes more digital, many policies, regulations, frameworks, and infrastructure need to be reviewed. To help broaden your knowledge and give an idea of how international local governments adopt these changes, here is a list of emerging trends in to the public sector.
Quality Health Infrastructure Strategy
Source: African Development Bank Group
The African Development Bank developed a strategy to address Africa’s health infrastructure deficit, as highlighted by the ongoing pandemic. The strategy focuses on three categories and is anchored in national health systems and sets out three cross-cutting themes: improved internet and communications technology, connectivity to strengthen health information systems and support innovation; promoting regional collaboration and harmonizing health policies and regulation; and policy dialogue and technical assistance.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/press-releases/african-development-bank-group-approves-historic-health-infrastructure-strategy-4961
Sustainable and Circular Fashion Value Chain
Source: African Development Bank Group
As Africa’s textile and fashion industry is seen to contribute largely to the country’s economic transformation potentially. Experts say that the industry also largely contributes to global warming. To address the industry’s growing developments, the Fashionomics Africa Initiatives presented through a virtual session potential ways and frameworks in reducing the fashion industry’s environmental and climate impacts, such as circular business models, life cycle thinking, eco-innovation, and a proactive mindset on the use of sustainable materials.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/fashionomics-africa-initiative-offers-insights-creating-more-sustainable-digital-and-circular-textile-and-fashion-value-chain-49348
Eradicating Poverty in All its Forms is the Greatest Challenge Today and Constitutes an Indispensable Requirement for Sustainable Development
Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
The attending countries from Latin America and Caribbean stressed the 2030 Agenda by United Nations is people-centered, universal and transformative, and that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest challenge the world faces and constitutes an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, ensuring that no one is left behind, including its goals and targets, which are integrated and indivisible nature and conjoining the three dimensions of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental
Learn more about this trend at https://www.cepal.org/en/pressreleases/eradicating-poverty-all-its-forms-greatest-challenge-today-and-constitutes
Transparency Recommendations for Regulatory Regimes of Digital Platforms
Source: Center for International Governance Innovation
Policy makers in many jurisdictions have concluded that social media companies have too much unchecked power and are failing to protect the public and their users from online harms. They are prepared to move forward with an ambitious reform agenda that includes focusing competition policy specifically on tech companies and addressing online safety issues. In many ways, transparency measures are low-hanging fruit in this new digital regulatory scheme, an area where different countries might agree even if they disagree on more controversial topics such as the mandated removal of harmful but legal material.
Learn more about this trend at https://www.cigionline.org/publications/transparency-recommendations-for-regulatory-regimes-of-digital-platforms/
Open Data for Social Impact Framework
Source: The Living Library
The Open Data for Social Impact Framework is a tool that leaders can use to put data to work to solve the challenges most important to them. Recognizing that not all data can be made publicly accessible, we see the tremendous benefits of advancing more open data, whether that takes shape as trusted data collaborations or truly open and public data. We use the phrase ‘social impact’ to mean a positive change towards addressing a societal problem, such as reducing carbon emissions, closing the broadband gap, building skills for jobs, and advancing accessibility and inclusion
Learn more about this trend at https://thelivinglib.org/open-data-for-social-impact-framework/