Accountable governance is crucial to ensuring that the state has the capacity to respond to the needs of its citizens in an inclusive and equitable manner. The empowerment of society with the ability to hold their governments to account has become a crucial point of debate as the world moves closer toward the goals of the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda.
This course has been designed primarily for those working in the public sector, across all departments and sectors, to enhance institutional knowledge of the mechanisms for governance and accountability.
Through practical case studies, workshops and discussions with leading practitioners in the field, this programme provides the essential skills to strengthen institutions. Participants will gain crucial knowledge of international and national frameworks, methods of empowering citizens and minorities, alongside monitoring frameworks amongst other issues. Examining topical issues such as whistleblowing, gender responsiveness and transparency, participants will benefit from best practice case studies alongside knowledge of the UN's post-2015 agenda, essential to transparent and effective governance.
The Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) has approved this training course. ILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership. Based on ILM’s core leadership values, this course meets the standard that enables learners who have completed to access the following benefits:
- Membership of ILM and will receipt of an ICPS/ ILM joint Certificate of achievement for the course
- Access to a raft of resources to help you with your continuing professional development, including an award-winning library of e-learning content
- A community of over 30,000 members worldwide enabling you to collaborate and grow your knowledge and skills
- Receipt of weekly news updates, podcasts and cutting-edge research and a monthly published journal and invitations to topical webinars
- Authorisation to use approved letters AMInstLM (Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management) after your name for business correspondence
By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:
Have a better understanding of different types of governance
Develop effective coordination and cooperation strategies
Learn to be more inclusive and equitable
Grasp key concepts around transparency and anti-corruption
Critically analyse the role of accountability and auditing systems
Chair's look ahead to the week
Delegates' introductions, objectives and organisational challenges
Public and private compared
Governance at different levels and multi-level governance
OECD governance best practice principles
UK Financial Reporting Council Corporate Governance best practice
UK Civil Service Governance
UN-Post 2015 – making accountability a priority
National ownership – ‘vertical alignment'
Coherence, consistency, flexibility, targets and indicators
Vertical (principal-agent relation e.g. elections)
Horizontal (checks and balances in the exercise of state power and oversight institutions)
Social (civil society organisations and media)
Political vs legal accountability
Limitations of international accountability
Importance of strengthening local accountability
Answerability obligation to inform, explain and justify decisions/actions
Strengthening local government
Local development and accountability
Strengthening electoral, legislative, justice and anti-corruption systems
Participation of individuals and civil society
Social inclusion and its role in accountability
Access to justice and justice administration
Access to information
Gender responsive and rights-based governance systems
Women's participation in politics and decision making
Gender - responsive budgeting
Frameworks to allow for human rights and accountability
Supporting more legitimate, inclusive and effective governments
The importance to effective accountability
The negative impacts of corruption and poor transparency?
UN framework to tackle corruption – impacts
The importance of strong institutions
Case study DFID's strengthening national audit offices
Exposing wrongdoing and threats to public welfare
Enabling structures for whistleblowers
Aligning principles and standards with wider goals
Non-state actor accountability
The importance, risk and governance of delivery chains
What are meaningful indicators to measure and evaluate progress?
What are the enabling tools and mechanisms necessary?
“Even-handed” to balance intrinsic power asymmetries
What are the gaps and pitfalls to watch out for?
Current regulatory mechanisms for Government accountability
OECD Governance of Regulation Best Practice'
Are these mechanisms effective?
The future of accountability regulation in the public sector
Non-binding, voluntary agreements
The missing link – credible incentives?
The role of data in governance and accountability
E-governance – citizen centric?
Social media and its evolving role
Developing Action Plans