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.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
With less than 500 days left until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, the UN and the global development community are hard at work creating its successor; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They face a difficult challenge, the SDGs have to build and develop on the progress made by the MDGs – translating increased primary school enrolment into secondary education, for example – but also addressing areas of development not covered by the MDGs, and any new issues that have arisen in the last 15 years – youth unemployment levels and rising inequality. Initial discussions identified dozens of potential ‘goals’, this has been condensed down to 17, from which a final eight will be chosen to make up the SDGs.
Friday, 12 September 2014
‘Too often, development efforts have been hampered by a lack of the most basic data about the social and economic circumstances in which people live... Stronger monitoring and evaluation at all levels, and in all processes of development (from planning to implementation) will help guide decision making, update priorities and ensure accountability’ - Bali Communiqué of the High-Level Panel, March 28, 2013
‘Knowledge is Power’ is an adage we are all familiar with. The message being that having and sharing knowledge is the basis for improving an individual’s or organisation’s influence and reputation. The explosion of electronic records, ever growing internet coverage and more mobile phones than there are people means that there is no shortage of information with which to gain this influence and reputation. But information sources are arguably not being utilised as effectively as they should. Either this is because the information is simply not being collected, or methods of analysis are not sufficient. This is why at last year’s UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, chaired by the Presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the UK’s Prime Minister, a data revolution was called for to ‘improve the quality of statistics and information available’.
Friday, 1 August 2014
The promise of economic development and prosperity hinges on our integration’ – Uhuru Kenyatta
The EAC – formed of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - is currently undergoing a bold integration plan with the intention of creating ‘a prosperous, competitive, secure and politically united East Africa’. A Common Market has already been established, the first stage of a scheme to allow citizens to cross borders using National I.D. cards has been implemented, and talks have begun with an aim to expand the EAC to include the fragile states of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
But, by far the most ambitious aspect of the EAC’s integration strategy is the plan to create a single currency for the region; a plan that was set in motion when the five heads of state signed an agreement to create a monetary union within the next ten years. So, will this currency union benefit the region or create problems? And what does the EAC need to do to make this proposed currency union a success?
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
RIPA International works with organisations and public service departments from all around the world and one of the most common mistakes we see is a failure to adjust for the needs of change until productivity has already noticeably declined. By then the problems have taken root and rectifying them is both costly and time consuming. This is why we believe transformation should be a continuous process and leaders need to implement change before the organisation starts to regress. Think evolution as opposed to revolution.