SIGMA at a glance

Creating change together text for home page

Reforming public administrations

Support for Improvement in Government and Management has been working with partner public administrations on strengthening their public governance systems and capacities since 1992.

Principles of Public Administration

A framework for good public administration

The Principles were first developed in 2014 to set out in practice what a well-functioning public administration looks like. A revised edition was published in November 2023 that updates the framework in line with the most recent standards and practices.

News & Events

Organisational structure of budget management (SIGMA Paper No.72, July 2024)

This paper studies the organisation of budget management in selected government administrations in the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova, comparing them with good practice across the EU. It highlights the fragmentation in the administrative classification among SIGMA partners and its adverse impact on the implementation of advanced public financial management practices.

Salary systems in public administration and their reforms, SIGMA Paper No.71

Public sector salary systems are shaped by administrative culture, economic and political conditions. With insights from EU Member States, SIGMA partners in the Western Balkans, Moldova and Ukraine, this paper explores key concepts and provides guidance on the process of reforming public sector salary systems to enhance their competitiveness, equity, transparency and affordability.

Head of SIGMA meets the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

On 13 June, the Head of SIGMA met the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Mr Oleksandr Kornienko to discuss ongoing support for modernisation of the public administration. Various aspects of public service and HRM were discussed in light of Ukraine’s European integration process. SIGMA will continue to provide any support that Ukraine might need in the field of public governance.

Inter-municipal co-operation in the Western Balkans, SIGMA Paper No.70

Inter-municipal co-operation (IMC) is an efficient instrument for solving several issues at the local government level, in small to large-sized municipalities. This paper summarises IMC examples from EU and OECD countries and offers recommendations specific to the Western Balkans by analysing the legislative basis, support and incentives and practical data of IMC in the region.

Casebook: Public Procurement Law in Practice (May 2024)

This material translates the EU public procurement legal framework into practical case-studies using real-life judgments from the Court of Justice of the EU. It was designed to help practitioners in SIGMA partners understand and implement public procurement processes according to EU standards, in this way enhancing transparency, efficiency, and compliance in public procurement.