IOG to Iraq: Modernizing Government with International Partnerships
Building off of previous collaborations with Iraq, as part of the United Nations Development Program, the IOG traveled to Iraq this February with the goal of providing information to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region governments on the design of a Senior Executive Service (SES) governance model.
An SES is described as the cadre of senior officials holding top-level management positions in a bureaucracy. The SES consists of officials who are focused on results and have the capacity to assess requirements, arrive at options, provide innovation, lead implementation, and overall motivate public servants to develop effective links between political and bureaucratic levels of government. Simply put, the SES concept is based on the premise that leadership makes a profound difference in the performance of an organization.
The IOG is working with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to present various SES design choices by way of presenting global findings and steps for implementation of this system of governance. In recent years, Iraq has embarked on a major public sector modernization programme assisted by the international community and in particular by the UN family, an element of which is the SES. Indeed, the IOG has previously collaborated with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to conduct work regarding specific laws of governance, fiscal federalism and decentralization.
Here at the IOG, we understand that government structures, systems, and processes of current governments are under pressure due to growing challenges of active citizen participation, technological advancements, demographics, and globalization. Along with the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region governments, many governments worldwide are seeking new ways of governing, engaging partners, and delivering services that take into account modern challenges. The IOG understands that in order to move towards modernizing governments, traditional working silos must be broken down, and innovation must be encouraged. By adopting the four pillars of our advisory services, (1) citizen engagement, (2) collaboration, (3) managing identity, and (4) accountability and performance management, modernizing government becomes a realistic goal allowing for growth and new partnerships.
The IOG is excited to be a part of this continued effort towards modernizing government and thanks the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region governments for their wonderful hospitality!
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