Government at a Glance 2013

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Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education and health. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, new ways in delivering public services and HRM and compensation practices in the public service. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Women in general government employment

The share of women in government employment is an important indicator of openness and fairness in public institutions. As governments continue to strengthen fundamental public service values such as merit and transparency, they are increasingly recognising the importance of diversity measures, including gender representation. Moreover, creating a public sector that is representative of the population it serves contributes to improving the quality of public policies and responsiveness of services by fostering a better understanding of citizens’ needs. It is also good practice in terms of boosting public sector productivity, by ensuring the government makes the best use of the available talent pool. Finally, promoting greater participation of women in the government workforce can be a means of enhancing social mobility.

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