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OAS announces laureates of Inter-American Award for Innovation in Effective Public Management - 2013

  September 12, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department for Effective Public Management, announced the laureates of the "Inter-American Award for Innovation in Effective Public Management – 2013," which aims at identifying and promoting innovative actions in the public management of national, departmental and local governments of the Hemisphere.

The award seeks to recognize, organize and encourage systems, tools and innovative methods in management used by various public institutions at all administrative levels of the Hemisphere. The award recognizes, in particular, experiences that are useful and possible to replicate in other cities and countries of the region.

In total, 55 applications were received from 13 member states of the OAS. The awards and recognitions will be handed soon at a special event and ceremony.

The special jury was chaired by the OAS Secretary for Political Affairs, Kevin Casas-Zamora; Regina Pacheco, Professor of the Foundation Getulio Vargas of Brazil; the Secretary General of the Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD), Gregorio Montero; the Director of the Government Program for Latin America of the Graduate School of Political Management of George Washington University, Luis Matos; and Manuel Villoria, Professor of the Foundation Ortega y Gasset-Marañón of Spain and Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain.

The results are as follows:

o Innovation in Planning and / or Public Policy Evaluation Category

Winner: Municipal Performance Evaluation System (SEDEM)
Municipal Planning Institute of Puebla (IMPLAN) - Mexico

Special recognition to the following candidates:

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation System for the Implementation of the Policy on Rural Land Formalization in Colombia
Colombian Institute for Rural Development (INCODER) – Colombia

Decentralization of the Executive in the Territory
National Planning and Development Secretariat (SENPLADES) - Ecuador

o Innovation in the Quality of Public Policies Category

Winner: National Plan of Community Policing by Quadrants
National Police of Colombia - Colombia

Special recognition to the following candidates:
Grandparents Online
Municipality of Junín / Argentina

Community Development, Fundamental Pillar for Sustainability
National Service for Sustainable Basic Sanitation Services - SENASBA / Bolivia
Quality Management System and Accreditation for Justice
Judiciary Power / Costa Rica

o Open Government Innovation and Access to Information Category

Winner: National Internet Network, Internet for All / Panama
National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG)

Special recognition to the following candidates:
Let’s talk, attention via mobile phone
Department for Social Prosperity / Colombia

Trash is Useful Program: the Bag that will continue to be a bag
Management Services to the City and the Environment / Municipality of Santiago de Surco / Peru

o Innovation in Institutional Coordination Category

Winner: Electronic Certificate of Live Birth (CNV) with assignment of a unique identity number
Office of Planning and Budget of the Republic - Uruguay

Special recognition to the following candidates:
Titling of Territories to the Indigenous Communities of the Province of Jujuy
Jujuy Province / Government Clerk - Argentina

Shaping Citizenship and Political Culture for the Future of the Country
National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) - Peru
Coordination in the Fight against Corruption: the Experience of the High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission (CAN Anti-corruption)

o Innovation in Human Resources Management Category

The Special Jury took note of the experience of Grandparents Online from the Municipality of Junín, Argentina, as a good example of public service humanization by granting it a special honorable mention.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-341/13