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Friday, 9 October 2015

A Week in Nairobi – CPST and Parliamentary Outreach Week

Last week, my colleague Aarron Smart and I were privileged to be invited to the official launch of the Centre of Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST), in Nairobi.  Overseen by Professor Nyakobi Kamau, the CPST is a regional Centre of Excellence for Parliamentary Studies and Governance.    As part of Parliamentary Outreach week, RIPA International were delighted to sign into force a Memorandum of Understanding with the CPST, ratified by the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi and myself.
The high-profile launch event was attended by dignitaries, parliamentarians and the clerks from both the Senate and National Assembly, and was broadcast across several national media channels.

Friday, 24 July 2015

‘It’s not all about the money…’ Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS)

How do you manage and benefit a country’s national economy?
To handle this enormously challenging task, you will need information on a broad range of issues, including:
  • Employment/unemployment and under-employment
  • Interest rates
  • Inflation
  • Money supply
  • Exchange rates
  • Tax revenues
  • Retail spending
  • Manufacturing output
  • GDP
  • Sovereign debt
And a lot more information besides…and it all needs to be accurate.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

International Accounting: Petty arguments and the real issues

The furore around compliance with international accounting standards continues, but not in a way that excites many beyond the accounting world. Maybe it should.

As all accounting anoraks know, IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) are designed for the private sector and IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards) are designed for the public sector…now read on. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

UK Development Impact Bonds: An innovative approach to combating global poverty and the key role of Monitoring and Evaluation

The department of International Development announced last year that the UK would be launching its first ever Development Impact Bond (DIB) to improve healthcare in Africa by bringing together private and public investment.
The first new bond was created last year to invest in the prevention of sleeping sickness in Uganda where there are an estimated nine million people at risk.  
Despite tried and tested prevention methods, previous investments were unable to deliver the scale of drugs needed to stop the disease. A new £1.5 million inception project was launched to research and design a bond to purchase drugs that will treat infected cattle before the disease spreads.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Cybercrime: Too big to ignore: Too hot to handle?

At a conference near RIPA International’s London headquarters on 25 March, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin urged companies to make cyber security a priority. "Each of us must recognize this risk that is perhaps the most pressing operational risk of our time," she said, stressing that she saw cybercrime as the number one threat against companies everywhere.

Ms Raskin’s warning isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last we hear about this. Whether in business or government, at work or in our private lives, we are all under threat. Our computers, smart phones, hand held devices. We are all interconnected in a way unimaginable just a few decades ago.

Yet for most of us the downside of this, cybercrime, is one of those problems we immediately put into the “too hard” pile. Too complex. Too technical. Too new. Too much jargon.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

2014: Review of the Year – Driving Transformation across the World

It is barely twelve months since we began our activities for 2014 under the theme of “driving transformation”, yet in some ways it seems much longer. The year was typically busy for RIPA International: we introduced a series of new programmes and workshops, welcomed delegations from every continent apart from Antarctica, and delivered a varied portfolio of tailored programmes for public service departments overseas.