NEW YORK, December 20 (IPS) – Driving innovation and technology to foster inclusive development means using new technologies to enhance equal access to services, eliminating discrimination, increase transparency and create a stable and fair future for all – especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Clearly, the rule of law is a key driver of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, and empowers people of all walks of life to seek and achieve justice. Doing more with less is posing a challenge here. We operate in an increasingly interconnected but complex and financially vulnerable environment.
Our traditional structures, systems and processes are proving inadequate to deal with new development challenges, pandemics, inaccessibility and exclusion, conflict and humanitarian crises. Our system of governance and justice is not the most data-friendly and transparent domain. Bringing that information to light is no easy task.
Barriers to governance and the rule of law
As has been pointed out previously, there are many barriers to accessing public services and ensuring accessible public health, the rule of law, especially where poverty rates, are marginalized. marginalized society and high insecurity. Governance institutions – formal and informal – can be biased or discriminatory. Public governance systems can be inefficient, slow, and unreliable.
During the past 3 years of the pandemic, we have also realized that our public health system is often crippled by a lack of investment, inclusive and accessible initiatives, and innovation. Discriminatory and monopolistic decision-making further complicates the situation at all levels. People may lack knowledge about their rights.
Often, legal aid and consumer protection are out of reach, leaving people less likely to turn to formal mechanisms for protection and empowerment. There may be a culture of impunity for offenses, an unacceptable level of tolerance for exclusionary behaviors.
Discrimination, injustice and other abuse within the family, or due to deprivation and exploitation of labour, may not be addressed. Despite all of this, more can be done to ensure that they benefit from inclusive governance and public health, as well as the rule of law practice, which expands opportunity and choice. their choice.
Looking for new ideas…
Despite all this, more can be done to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups benefit from inclusive public health, legal empowerment and access to justice, help expand their opportunities and options.
We need new ideas, resources, and unique ways to collect and analyze data, such as using micro-stories or innovative, accessible, participatory public hearings. targeted consultations, to complement traditional mechanisms including surveys. But innovation is quickly becoming the new buzzword, so I’ll be careful when applying it here:
- • Innovation is not free and takes time, so it needs to be integrated: • Innovation is both a science and an art. And it should be considered an independent practice. one of the biggest problems facing public sector innovation today is that governments have effectively created a ‘class of innovators’, rather than transforming the new into a comprehensive, open process. available to anyone with the drive and ability to effect change. This must change. • Repackaging or copying is not an innovation unless it meets the specific needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities that are not supported by existing mechanisms and services. • What innovates in Bangladesh, Turkey and Tanzania may not innovate in India, Turkmenistan, Senegal or Mexico; • Big data is very important but exploiting it for the right purpose should be a central consideration. Linking it to a better evidence base makes sense. The COVID-19 challenges clearly demonstrate that. • Going beyond social is key – while Facebook, Twitter and other social media play an admirable role in connecting people, these are not enough to solve a single problem. prolong and maintain a solution. We must also be mindful of the recent trend of using social media to silence public defenders, journalists and whistleblowers. Twitter is a case in point (December 2022). • Innovative ideas are new, but they need to be practical before they can be implemented. They are part of the solution, not the overall problem. • Evidence of impact is more important than novelty.
Innovation and New Technology for Solutions
My point is that ideas are not necessarily always transformative or revolutionary. Our platforms can replicate or even recycle what works by introducing success models for new actors and environments.
Even seemingly ordinary things can become innovative in different terms, approaches, or settings. Linking inclusion to innovation is not just about looking at how it can drive policies and create better impact for governments, but it’s about giving citizens, civil servants and citizens like each other, self-efficacy, power, and freedom to direct change however they see fit. This directly contributes to the creation of inclusive development.
New technologies are changing the lives of people around the world. In the same way they make everyday tasks simpler, they can make formal and regular interactions with government organizations and service providers easier and can provide provides innovative solutions to a wide range of challenges in public sector governance, public health and the rule of law.
Technology has an enormous untapped potential to enhance holistic governance practices including public health governance and the rule of law. Technological innovation must provide equal access to services, help eliminate discrimination, and ensure greater transparency and accountability. They must not be used to silence voices, deny human rights, or create justifications for mismanagement, inaccessibility and exclusion.
As we approach 2023 in a few days, let us hope for a more inclusive and diverse public sector governance rooted in human rights values and practices.
Dr. AH Monjurul Kabir, currently the UN System Coordinating Advisor and Global Team Leader on Gender Equality, Disability Inclusion/Interference at UN Women Headquarters in New York, is a thought leader, lead scientist and lead scientist. Senior legal and policy analyst and analyst on global issues and regional trends. For policy and academic purposes, he may be contacted at [email protected]. He can be followed on twitter at mkabir2011
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