Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA)

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) was established in 2011 to strengthen public policy in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and improves the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes through professional development.

The Institute contributes to sound public policy and administration in the region by:

  • Conducting research on regional issues, drawing on local and international expertise;
  • Publishing and disseminating credible, peer-reviewed findings;
  • Offering professional development to government and civil society;
  • Tailoring undergraduate and graduate programs to meet emerging demands for policy analysis; and
  • Sparking insight and debate through outreach and engagement events.

Core Thematic Focus

IPPA research and training initiatives focus on:

  • Economic policy, including regional economic relations and trade, economics of development, and regulatory and microeconomic policy;
  • Efficient spending and management of public services in three areas central to human welfare and government budgets: education, health and social protection; and
  • Good governance, including the development of evidence-based policies through effective and inclusive processes.

Programmes

IPPA offers a range of academic and professional development programmes to meet a growing demand for qualifications that support evidence-based policymaking:

  • Visiting Fellows Programme. The IPPA Visiting Fellows Programme provides an opportunity for Afghan and Central Asian public servants to spend two months at the University of Central Asia (UCA), carrying out research pertinent to their home ministry responsibilities. Through the programme, Fellows gain exposure to researchers and public servants working on similar issues across Central Asia.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis. IPPA is offering an assessed post-graduate certificate programme in Policy Analysis open to professionals in Afghanistan and Central Asia in association with Canada's Carleton University.
  • Academic degrees in Public Policy and Administration and Economics. IPPA will offer a Masters specialisation through UCA's Graduate School of Development, and an undergraduate major in Economics through UCA's School of Arts and Sciences.

Achievements

A growing body of locally-produced knowledge
IPPA produces series of peer-reviewed working and occasional papers in English and local languages and has published an English-Russian glossary covering key terms in public policy and administration, economics, and trade. Research findings are shared through regional fora, and have helped to tailor training for senior civil servants. Web traffic data and citations tell us these resources are being used across Central Asia and beyond. The Institute also plays a key role in carrying out major national, regional, and local surveys.

Building capacity in evidence-based public policy development and analysis
IPPA's growing reputation is raising demand for its services and programs among governments, donor countries, and international organisations. Agencies and institutions in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan have turned to IPPA for input on deliberations, or to commission policy analysis. For example, UNDP commissioned the Institute for a socio-economic overview of the Kyrgyz Republic to inform a donor country strategy. The Institute has also organised a series of multi-stakeholder workshops to assist governments across the region to review the organisation of policy-making processes in key ministries and make recommendations to improve its effectiveness and ensure that policy is informed by research, analysis and civil society engagement.

Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises and regional trade within the “Heart of Asia”
One the Institute's core thematic agendas, is to improve understanding of the potential of the SME sector as a driver of economic growth and cooperation in the region. In February 2014, IPPA co-hosted a symposium with the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a contribution to the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation adopted by governments in the Heart of Asia bloc. IPPA presented its research findings on the dynamics of formal and informal SME participation in regional trade to over 120 representatives of national and provincial governments, foreign delegations, and the business community from across Afghanistan and Central Asia. The research demonstrated the potential of SMEs as a driver of economic growth and stability in the region, underscoring the need to focus the policy agenda in the countries of the region on the opportunities and barriers for SMEs' increased engagement in regional trade.

A lasting base for regional cooperation
Through its research, dissemination and professional development initiatives, IPPA engages researchers, government and representatives of the region's business and civil society communities in Afghanistan, and Central Asia, forging a new basis for dialogue and cooperation on common issues facing the region. For example, in partnership with Carleton University, IPPA brought some 60 civil servants (30% women) together to hone their skills in trade policy and negotiations. Follow-up events in each country engaged a wider audience, including senior government officials. Many former trainees and participants remain in touch, as members of a growing cadre of public service professionals, seeking to expand ties across the region. The IPPA public lecture series is one way in which the Institute sustains these links, bringing voices from the local policy community to the fore.

Partnerships

IPPA programming is carried out with generous support from a number of bilateral donors, including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, International Development Research Centre, World Bank, and Department for International Development, UK, among others. We work closely with government ministries in Afghanistan and Central Asia and draw expertise from a range of local and international institutions. The Institute welcomes enquiries from like-minded organisations and donors interested in furthering our goals for building regional capacity for effective public policy and administration.

For further information

Institute of Public Policy and Administration
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek 720001
Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: +996 312 910 822, ext. 572
Fax : +996 312 910 835
ippa@ucentralasia.org