Dialogues to Shape the Future of GovernmentsFebruary 14, 2018
Struensee & Co. at the World Government Summit 2018
Again, this year Struensee & Co. is participating in the World Government Summit. The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of government worldwide and sets the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on how they can harness innovation and technology. Participants in the dialogue this year include Klaus Schwab, Founder & EC, World Economic Forum; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF; Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD and Narendra Modi, PM of India.
For the occasion, the World Government Summit is publishing the report ‘Rethinking the Division of Labour within Government’ in collaboration with Struensee & Co. In the report we posit that governments should take a closer look at specialised functions that are often being duplicated across entities today. This provides the basis for an optimal use of resources and competencies through specialisation and economies of scale. The report provides a number of examples drawn from small advanced economies where the delegation of highly specialised functions to dedicated agencies has led to substantial productivity improvements.
Managing Director at Struensee & Co, Christian Husted: “In our work with developing the public sector in small advanced economies we have seen multiple examples where a number of specialised functions are being duplicated across agencies. This is a luxury that can ill be afforded, particularly in economies where agencies do not have the critical mass to efficiently carry out these functions. As a result, we are seeing scarce resources being spent inefficiently”.
Project Leader, Tobias Kragh-Vodstrup elaborates: “With the report we want to draw attention to this challenge. The purpose is not to point fingers, but to highlight some of the many potential benefits that could be reaped by Governments that pursue a more deliberate policy of rethinking their division of labour – both in terms of quality improvements and more efficient resource use”.
The creation of the Danish Administrative Service Center is a good example, where a number of administrative back-end functions from various agencies were transferred to this new dedicated authority leading to productivity increases exceeding 180%.
Read the publication here: Rethinking the Division of Labour within Government