Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Panel 1—Small Group Results: Innovations in Governance: Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector: While many nations around the world now recognize that corruption is a major impediment both to economic growth and to the formation of a fair and orderly society, there remains no consensus about either its causes or its remedies. In order to generate effective and enduring anti-corruption measures, it is essential to identify the design principles underpinning productive innovations in public sector accountability. On this panel, we will explore three successful initiatives at local, regional, and national levels of government to uncover strategies for increasing transparency and enhancing competence of leaders in the public sector.

The Frontiers of Innovation conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 31—April 2, 2008, and hosted participants from more than 50 countries. The conference highlighted how governments can be more effective at solving problems and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.

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