Sharing knowledge and best practices as the key for future development.
„Knowledge is the daughter of experience.”
Leonardo da Vinci.
A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has been proven
to reliably lead to a desired result.
A development process involving the repetition of the same standards, which progresses in incremental stages, helps to maintain a focus on manageable tasks and ensures that earlier stages are successful before the later stages are attempted.
A best practice tends to spread throughout its specific field or industry after a success has been demonstrated.
However, know-how and good patterns do not bring a significant contribution to the society well-being if not shared with the others. Our experiences, our skills, our competences could be very precious also for the development of many sectors of the economy, even if not directly related to each other.
The main barriers to adoption of a best practice are a lack of knowledge about current best practices, some sort of inertial resistance to any change, and a lack of knowledge and skills required to adopt them.
In the current European Union context the exchange of such practices could enhance the European Integration, for example improving skills of the public administration to conduct effective meetings with EU officials or in drafting important documents in accordance with the highest European standards.
From a merely administrative point of view the exchange of knowledge could also strengthen capacities of both central and local administration, as well as of the private sector, in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and transparency. More specifically public institutions could improve their image among the citizens by enhancing the development policies but most importantly by putting into action new “imported” measures to guarantee the transparency of the government finance system – a characteristic always under the attention of public opinion.
Economically, the transfer of best practices, especially from developed countries to less developed ones, could foster the transition to a free-market economy, privatizations, reforms of the public sector finances, reforms of corporate governance, financial and banking sector services, and of capital markets; such improvements will also affect the labour market efficiency and entrepreneurship, ultimately leading to a more active and work friendly economic environment thus supporting the creation of the favorable conditions for the flourishing of a dynamic start-up and SME sector. This would have positive outcomes on innovation an on the creation of new effective best practices.
Economic and administrative improvements would also have a positive social counterpart. The exchange of best practices in this field would enhance social inclusion and social dialogue. Vulnerable minorities, disadvantaged groups and gender equality would be better supported. Nowadays youth unemployment has reached very high levels and tends to have strong social negative effects. Young people need to struggle much more than their parents to guarantee themselves a decent future and to pursue their dreams and aspirations, often not being able to find the opportunity to do so. Of course this leads to situations of social exclusion also for young people not originally belonging to disadvantaged groups. A good exchange of best practices could also support youth participation in the economy and job creation in general.
To sum up the exchange of best practices at international level, and in particular at a European level, is a powerful mean to reduce disparities among the member states of the Union and will ultimately have largely positive effects in all sectors of public life – if not also on private one – and lead to a improvement of life conditions in both more and less economically developed countries.