Centre for Public Service Innovation programmes
The Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) is a Government Component which reports to the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, established with a mandate of nurturing innovation in the public sector. It was established in 2001 by the Minister for Public Service and Administration as a Section 21 company. In 2008 CPSI became the first Government Component listed in the Public Service Act.
Annual Innovation Awards
This programme aims to incentivise and promote innovation in the South African public sector. It has five categories and each category has a winner and runner up. The annual Public sector Innovation Awards programme recognises projects and programmes in the public sector that are directed at improving public service delivery. The number of entries has grown substantially over the last year to more than 100 projects and we have also noted an improvement in the quality of projects. The Awards programme is now acting as a feeder for CPSI’s replication initiative and other international awards programmes, such as the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management CAPAM and the United Nations. The closing date for the 2012 awards wasis 3 August 2012.
Annual Public Sector Conference
The Centre for Public Service Innovation, in line with its mandate of unlocking innovation in the public sector, creates a platform that exposes the public sector and its strategic partners to innovation opportunities and strategies, through sharing of related knowledge and experiences. The conference targets decision makers throughout the three spheres of government, innovation practitioners, service delivery champions as well as partners from the private sector and the academia, both locally and internationally.
The 6th Public Sector Innovation Conference, will be held on 22 - 23 August 2012, at the East London ICC, Eastern Cape. The theme is "Innovation Transforming Government". To register visit: http://www.accomoptions.co.za/events.php.
Objectives of the conference
- To demonstrate the role and centrality of innovation as a tool for responding to current government priorities and for anticipating citizens’ changing needs;
- To collaboratively explore key elements for successful implementation and sustaining of innovative programmes that enhance public sector performance;
- To facilitate sharing of innovative perspectives and practices that respond to service delivery priorities for replication.
All Africa Public Service Innovations Awards
The Minister for the Public Service and Administration of South Africa is, on behalf of the Conference of African Ministers for Public/Civil Service, calling for entries for the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA). The 2012 Awards programme is open to all Government departments and public entities across Africa.
The theme for this year is "Africa Innovating for Enhanced and Sustainable Service Delivery". The theme acknowledges the strong relationship between good governance and accountable service delivery.
In its third year running, the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards is the first Africa-wide awards programme that celebrates innovation in the public sector. The programme recognises and rewards the achievements of the public servants and their partners from the private and not-for-profit sectors who have successfully developed innovation solutions to service delivery and government challenges.
AAPSIA Awards are awarded in the following three categories:
- Innovative Service Delivery Improvements:
- Improve the delivery of services to citizens and stakeholders external to government OR
- Improve internal efficiency within the public sector.
- Innovative Partnerships between Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Organisations:
- Involve creative partnerships that have resulted in better than anticipated outcomes for the project.
- Have built sustainable relationships between government and other social partners through alternative approaches to participation and consultation.
- Innovations in the Systems and Processes of Governance
- Projects focused on building accountable, transparent and ethical public services which value the input and participation of citizens
The aim of AAPSIA is to award successful and effective service delivery improvement projects and initiatives that have been achieved through the application of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools.
The AAPSIA project was conceptualised during the 4th Pan African Conference of Ministers of Public/Civil Service that took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2003. The initiative seeks to enhance knowledge exchanges and development through working closely with other developmental partners on governance and public administration alike. The project was officially launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the 5th Pan African Conference of Ministers of Public/Civil Service in December 2005.
The AAPSIA project is part of a bigger endeavour by African Ministers of Public Service/Civil Service to cultivate an enabling environment within the public sector for the development and nurturing of innovative ideas and initiatives.
The 2010 winner was the Blueprint for a Rural Sustainability Commons in South Africa, a project of the Municipal Health Services at Chris Hani District Municipality. It also won the Innovative Partnerships In Service Delivery Category.
The AAPSIA Awards closing date for entries is 31 October 2012.
For more information, contact Khaliphile Zwane or Lydia Phalwane at
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