University of Central Asia Celebrates Second Cohort of Graduates from the Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis
Kabul, Afghanistan, 20 December 2015 – The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) celebrated the second cohort of Afghan graduates of its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) on 20 December 2015 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The course was delivered through an ongoing partnership between UCA and the Ministry of Finance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
“CPPA has been an effective and tangible programme contributing to our civil servants designing and formulating better policies in the Ministry of Finance as well as promoting good governance in Afghanistan," said Mr Musa Kamawi, Director of Human Resources, Ministry of Finance.
Eleven graduates received their Certificate in Policy Analysis at a ceremony at the Ministry attended by Mr Qahir Haidari, Acting Deputy Minister Administration, Ministry of Finance; Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Afghanistan; Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA, Director General and Mr Musa Kamawi, Director of Human Resources, Ministry of Finance.
“UCA’s partnership with the Ministry of Finance continues to bear fruit. These graduates join a highly motivated team of civil servants, armed with the skills and knowledge they need to advance evidence-based policy making at the Ministry,” said UCA Director General, Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, welcoming graduates and guests.
CPPA is an executive programme designed for civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organisations. It includes four modules, on Policy Process in Government, Economics for Policy Analysis, Methods of Policy Analysis and Policy Monitoring and Evaluation. Each participant also developed a policy paper and defended it before an expert panel. The course is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme.
CPPA was taught by an international team, including Dr. Paul Brown and Dr. Kaireen Chaytor of Dalhousie University, Ms. Madina Junussova of Carleton University and Dr. Roman Mogilevskii of UCA IPPA. The programme was delivered in a flexible modular format that enabled the Afghan participants to travel to UCA in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for sessions.
In addressing the graduates on successfully completing the IPPA Programme, Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative, encouraged the graduates to continue building and strengthening the civil service institutions of Afghanistan and to apply the high standard of skill and knowledge gained from the Programme to become catalysts for the generation of new ideas for maximizing economic growth. She added, “In our increasingly interconnected world, the exchange of knowledge has significant multiplying potential for regional growth and stability.”
Since 2014, UCA IPPA has delivered CPPA to civil servants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan under the framework of its Research and Public Policy Initiative, supported by the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.
“CPPA has been an excellent forum to understand public policy analysis. Instructors effectively communicated complex technical theory in an understandable way. Overall, this was an excellent programme, very well organised, designed and presented,” said graduate Mr Sayed Daud Fazli.