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Achieving Cross-Border Government Innovation: Governing cross-border challenges

Introduction to Cross-Border Government Innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how the interconnectedness of countries may have made the world more vulnerable to common threats, and has exposed weaknesses in international co-operation. Major challenges are not limited by jurisdictional borders, and demand collective action.

To help answer these questions, OPSI and the UAE Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) have worked in partnership to determine which set of innovative practices can best support collaboration to tackle cross-border issues, including a variety of inputs.

OPSI and the MBRCGI have developed a series of three reports on key modes of cross-border government innovation.

Report 1: Governing Cross-Border Challenges

Issues facing governments are increasingly complex and transboundary in nature, making existing governance mechanisms unsuitable for managing them. Governments are leveraging new governance structures and mechanisms to connect and collaborate in order to tackle issues that cut across borders. Governance arrangements with innovative elements can act as enablers of cross-border government collaboration and assist in making it more systemic.

Explore Digital Story

OPSI has developed a digital story about this publication, which you can access here. It walks readers through the report’s key themes, findings, and recommendations. It also featured an expert foreword by Dr. Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Finland (2008-16); and current Professor and Director at the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence.

Achieving Cross-Border Government Innovation: Governing cross-border challenges

Published 15 October 2021

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