Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded

David E. Sanger, Eric Lipton, Eileen Sullivan and Michael Crowley Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United […]

Social Cohesion and Elections

By Jack P. Kruf One of the documents we had on the table during the founding of PRIMO in Strasbourg, back in 2005, was the policy report by the European Council “A new strategy for Social Cohesion“. It is still ground breaking because of it’s integrated approach of social cohesion and the hereto related public risk governance. It came directly to my mind seeing the series and documentaries […]

Tackling Public Risk: a practical guide for policy makers

Source: Risk & Regulation Advisory Council, United Kingdom This report captures and explains the experience, knowledge and good practice developed by the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council. The guide explains how policy makers can apply the Council’s approach to their own public risk issues. Executive Summary (quote) “The Risk and Regulation Advisory Council has been leading an experimental offensive against […]

The UK Government response to “Response with Responsibility”

The UK Government response to “Response with Responsibility: Policy making for Public risk in the 21st Century” Source: UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, December 2009 Summary (quote) “The Government welcomes the Risk and Regulation Advisory Council’s (RRAC) report. The Council have delivered tangible results, and have moved the debate on public risk significantly forward. They have shown how […]

Examples of Public Risk Communication

Source: Risk and Regulation Advisory Council, Department for Business, Education & Skills, United Kingdom Author: Dr Frederic Bouder is a lecturer at the Department of Governance, University of Maastricht. He was previously based at Kings College London. “Scares about public risk can have an enormous impact on policy making and regulation, particularly when they concern children, human health and large […]

A practical Guide to Public Risk Communication

The five key elements of public risk communication Source: Government Office of Science The importance of public risk communication Scares about public risk can have an enormous impact on policy making and regulation, particularly when they concern children, human health and large scale tragic events. When a public risk is not properly addressed and communicated by government, it can also […]

Social Risk Management

The World Bank’s Approach to Social Protection in a Globalizing World Source: Social Protection Department, The World Bank Authors: Robert Holzmann, Lynne Sherburne-Benz, and Emil Tesliuc ‘Social protection is moving up on the development agenda. Dismissed as ineffective, expensive or even detrimental to development in developing countries for a long time, it is now increasingly understood that assisting individuals, households […]

The Quest for Credibility in Politics and Public Administration

Manifestations, Drivers and Implications Source: Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration In politics and public administration, ‘credibility’ seems to have become an increasingly wanted, scarce and thus highly valued, commodity. An elected politician like president Obama is admired by many because of his credible appearance. Some communication formats used by governments are criticized for lacking in credibility. Participation policies […]

Risk to regional economies

UK trade union bodies warn of risk to regional economies from cuts Read also article: Coalition cuts will hit poor 10 times harder than rich, says TUC (The Guardian) Why Robert Chote gets my vote, New Statesman Source: The Trades Union Congress (TUC), United Kingdom This is clear language. The statements and analyses are transparant. Those risks will be faced […]

After Shocks

Economic crisis and institutional choice Source: Scientific Council for Government Policy Wim van de Donk, Chairman of the Scientific Council for Government Policy Preface: “Is the current crisis simply too big to reflect upon? Do the sheer complexity and the dazzling dynamics of the financial and economic crisis impede the possibility of learning some lessons this early on? This book, […]

Difficult economic environment requires good project risk management

Author: Sabrina Baker-Boshuizen, Marsh Public Sector Europe Source: RISK Management & Governance, Edition 6, Summer 2010 The financial and European Sovereign debt crises have had a huge impact on infrastructure investments. Infrastructure projects require extensive capital investment and downgrades of government debt have made funding of infrastructure projects more expensive. Whereas at the beginning of the financial crisis, countries and […]

PPP is a mindset: not a way of building

Author: Harry Sterk, Director of the Dutch Network* for Public Private Partnerships Source: RISK Management & Governance, Edition 6, Summer 2010 The major differences between traditional and PPP projects are, according to Harry sterk, the way costs are defined and how building plans are made. With a PPP project the total costs of a project are placed in light of […]

Will PPP survive the credit crunch?

Author: Prof. dr. Geert Dewulf, Head of Departement Professor of Planning and Development Departement of Construction Management and Engineering University of Twente Source: RISK Management & Governance, Edition 6, Summer 2010 Today, governments are confronted with increasing budget deficits. While governments have less money available big investments in infrastructure are planned to stimulate economic growth. As a reaction, private investments […]

Result Global CEO Survey: Smarter Growth

13th Annual Global CEO Survey: Setting a smarter course for growth Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers In the 13th Annual Global CEO Survey we hear how businesses leaders responded to the challenges brought about by the recession, the concerns they are facing today and, reflecting on often difficult ‘lessons learned’, their strategies for positioning their companies for the long-term. The effects of the […]

Rethinking Risk Management in Financial Services

Practices from other domains Source: World Economic Forum, prepared in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group. Letter from the Steering Committee: “The financial crisis has, to put it mildly, seriously challenged our traditional approach to risk management. Consequently, a number of individuals and institutions have advanced ideas for improving not only the analytical framework, but also the status and relevance […]

#1 State of the Union EU

“You can trust the European Union to do what it takes to secure your future” Source: European Commission Speech: President José Manuel Barroso Commission President José Manuel Barroso set out his strategic plans for the EU over the next year in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament. “My message to each and every European is that […]

‘Xynthia’ and ‘Celine’: How many more of these storms can we take?

Author: Professor Eelco H. Dykstra Source: RISK Management & Governance, Edition 6, Summer 2010 As of February 2010, the twelve countries (Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden) affected by the European storm Xynthia now have a completely different take on the harrowing tale in the book “the storm” (ISBN: 9789013062533). Not only does […]

Gateway Review Process

One of the key factors in risk management is control over your programme or project. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC), developed a review process te enhance the quality of management. Source: OfficOGC/Gateway Review Process “The OGC Gateway Process examines programmes and projects at key decision points in their lifecycle. It looks ahead to provide assurance that they can progress […]

Competitive Dialogue

For the combination of the political, social environmental, social, legal and the technical complexity of Public Private Partnerships, Competitive Dialogue is an adequate procedure to enhance the total quality and governance of PPP. This was brought forward during the PRIMO Round Table in Brussels, the 10th of June 2010. It is consequently a risk management instrument of the first category […]

Day of Risk

Source: “Government for the future” Director Eric Frank of PRIMO Nederland participates in Day of Risk. Dutch project on risk and responsibility “The working conference ‘Day of Risk’ on the 19th of May is part of the Dutch project Risk and Responsibility, which aims at sparking a debate on a better balanced management of risk and incidents. The project was […]

Saving Globalization from its Cheerleaders

Source: Scientific Council for Government Policy. The Hague, 2008 Introduction by Wim van de Donk “It is an honour for me to be able to welcome you to this seventh edition of our annual lecture. As you have seen, the theme we have chosen for this year’s lecture is : ‘Saving globalization from its cheer- leaders’. Those of you who […]

Province of Noord-Brabant partner

North Brabant has become a new partner of PRIMO Europe. It is a province of the Netherlands, located in the south of the country, bordered by Belgium in the south, the Meuse River (Maas) in the north, Limburg in the east and Zeeland in the west. It has 2,5 million inhabitants and is a leading region in Europe in logistics […]