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Government & Public Sector
Government in transformation
Policy-makers are operating in a rapidly-changing world. Shifting demographics, urbanization and climate change are just a few of the long-term and systemic trends reshaping 21st century government.
And with finances tight, growth stalling and unemployment high, the legacy of the financial crisis continues to play out across borders.
Our Government & Public Sector practice aims to be the preferred partner in driving transformational change for governments around the world. In countries large and small, developed and emerging, we understand the issues and can provide you services that will have lasting impact.
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Education is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Globalization, new technologies and a knowledge economy that is dependent on high quality and effective education are rapidly transforming the sector, requiring innovative thinking to deliver performance improvement across the industry.
At EY, we provide tailored solutions, practical insights and industry experience to help our clients achieve improvements in service delivery and operational performance. Our key areas of experience are:
- Institution-wide shared services implementation
- Market opportunities and service delivery models
- Major transformation projects
- Major reform projects
- Economic and regulatory analysis including funding models
- Enterprise intelligence, including data integrity, effectiveness of information
- Performance improvement / cost reduction
- Capital planning / asset management
- Internal audit / risk management / governance frameworks
- Evaluation of programs
- Fraud investigation
EY recently acquired Parthenon Group, extending our global expertise extends across public sector and non-profit education providers, foundations, private companies and service providers, and investors.
We have a dedicated practice of professionals with on-the-ground experience across multiple industries and projects in education strategy, reform, innovation and implementation. Our breadth of experience and depth of service as strategic advisors to the education industry is unmatched, with knowledge that spans all levels of education, including early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher, vocational and professional education across both public and private sectors.
Contact - Stephanie Fahey
Infrastructure investment and development is a top priority for governments globally — an indispensable necessity for poverty reduction, social progress and inclusive economic growth. While rapid urbanization is putting pressure on emerging markets to develop critical new infrastructure, developed economies need to expand existing infrastructure due to aging assets and sustained underinvestment.
With global population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025, infrastructure investments are needed to supply sufficient water, roads, housing and power. Among the issues facing governments are:
- Aging infrastructure
- Predictions of future national transportation gridlock
- Soaring energy and water costs
Governments are also facing challenges in meeting their infrastructure obligations. Infrastructure projects are significant in size, scope, complexity, and in financing arrangements. They also bring increased public scrutiny and more demand for stakeholder engagement.
We provide support from the earliest stages of analysis, from project evaluation to procurement, financial close, construction and operations. We can assist our clients in devising and comparing financial plans and delivery approaches for projects that involve public, federal or private financing, project revenues and/or grants — and provide support to our clients in their implementation of those plans.
Our global award-winning Infrastructure Advisory team of more than 700 dedicated professionals has a strong track record in providing advice across the infrastructure life cycle.
Contact - Bill Banks
Shifting demographics and limited financial resources have accelerated the need for governments to act systematically, swiftly and decisively. The value of pension promises made to retiring baby boomers may be up to 100% greater than initially expected. Policymakers now need to consider not only the short- and long-term sustainability of their pension and retirement policies and systems, but to do so without delay.
Few countries have clear answers or have yet taken steps to effectively respond to, and prepare for, the new environment. Constant review, adjustments and reform are now required. As policymakers consider how to make pensions and retirement sustainable and whether pensions are best delivered by the public or private sectors or a mix of both, EY’s Government & Public Sector teams are helping drive transformational change.
Contact - Josef Pilger
Transport is vital to any nation’s prosperity and standard of living. The solutions required to solve transport challenges are becoming increasingly complex. With government funding now very limited, governments need to be innovative to increase competitiveness through improvements in transport efficiency and customer service in the face of population growth and capacity constraints.
EY is at the forefront with service providers and government policy makers as we meet these challenges. Our global network of professionals is skilled in all aspects of the sector. Working across both the passenger and freight sectors, we assist governments with:
- Transport strategic planning
- Transport investment business cases
- Customer experience and service improvement initiatives
- Commercial and financial advice on major transport projects
- Contestability and commissioning
- Regulatory reform
- Business process transformation and change management
- Strategic procurement and program management
- Enterprise-wide risk management and internal audit
- Business information and management reporting reform.
Contact - Tony Canavan
Jan Gey van Pittius
Southern Africa Government and Public Sector Leader
+27 11 772 3220
Southern Africa Government and Public Sector Leader
+27 11 772 5416
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