Seven innovative ideas selected to improve services and increase transperency in public administration.

Oct 28, 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister announcing the awards

The Government of Albania announced today seven winners of the national competition: “Innovation in Public Administration”.

The competition, announced during the Government’s Innovation Week aiming to get innovative ideas and initiatives for improving services and increasing transparency in public administration.

There were 300 entries to the competition coming from students, civil society organizations and government employees. The seven best entries were selected by a panel made up of representatives of government institutions, academia and international organizations.

The winners were selected on the basis of some criteria: the economic impact of their initiative, its relevance to challenges facing society; how original and easy to replicate the idea is.

In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister said:  "Innovation is the only way we know to make up for the lost time. In Albania we have a significant challenge - to change the system. We believe in changing the system and in its importance- not just changing people. Human nature is human nature. The system distorts or corrects it. And this is exactly what this competition tried to do: How to direct all the strengths of the society, and not only of the public institutions towards improvement and modernization of delivery of public services through creative solutions. The winners show that by harnessing new ideas and technology we can improve people's lives and help modernize our economy”

 The event was also greeted by the Minister of State for Public Administration and Innovation Ms. Milena Harito who underlined the steps being undertaken by the Government of Albania to promote innovative initiatives and innovative new policies and architectures to respond to local and national challenges. Referring to the center of Public services, Minister Harito, said that the center will provide a key market for all Albanian innovators where their ideas can turn into better services and a better life for our citizens.

Zineb Toumi- Benjelloun, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, one of the evaluators of the entries amongst others said:”One of the conclusions drawn from this whole process is that people are very much interested in increasing transparency and accountability. Indeed one of the features which is common to all the applications is the attempt to introduce solutions that contribute to more transparency and accountability. Of significance is the indication that Government is providing that some of the applications have already been accepted by different government agencies, and they are in their process of implementation. This will certainly raise the potential for higher impact of the government programme”.

Contest winning ideas will be implemented by state institutions during 2015. The competition was supported by GIZ, UNDP and Credins Bank.

 

 

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