Is Asia engaging in a “mission impossible” when it comes to addressing two of the most pressing issues of our time?
Claudia Buentjen oversees the development and implementation of policies on governance and capacity development in ADB. In previous ADB assignments, she was Principal Country Specialist in the Philippine Country Office and also held various positions n governance and capacity development. Before joining ADB, Ms. Buentjen worked as GIZ Advisor for decentralization and tax audit projects in Indonesia. She also worked as a World Bank consultant, taught macroeconomics and international economics, and conducted research on international finance. Ms. Buentjen has a Dr. rer. pol. in International Economics, and a Diploma degree in Economics/Business Administration from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum.
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Governance specialists should be a bit more adventurous, cut down on attention to internal bureaucratic processes, and engage more vividly with partners.
States are increasingly recognizing that constructive engagement and collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) is an important ingredient to achieving better governance.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
ADB, World Bank and several others have launched the iChallenge in an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that can measure government capacity and performance.