The professional Association will engage IPPA alumni by strengthening professional bonds between graduates, advancing evidence-based policymaking and promoting lifelong learning.. Founded in cooperation with the Institute of Public Policy under the President of Tajikistan, the inaugural meeting gathered newly inducted members to future activities. Mikhail Petrushkov was elected to serve as Chair and coordinate the organisation’s work.
“The Association aims to bring together young specialists and highly experienced experts in public administration to help address the shortage of analytical resources in public administration, local government and encourage public-private dialogue in Tajikistan,” Petrushkov explained.
The members, 20 graduates from the first two cohorts are representatives of state bodies, non-governmental organisations and academia in Tajikistan. The training was delivered in collaboration with the Institute of Public Policy under the President of Tajikistan.
Earlier this year, CPPA graduates from Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and Kabul Afghanistan formed similar associations in their respective countries. They include civil servants from the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan.
“The hope is that the IPPA Alumni Associations will host critical discussions facing the development of the public sector, delivery of services and the professionalisation of the civil service. These associations enable graduates of this challenging certificate programme to access opportunities for further professional development,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, UCA Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies.
CPPA is an executive programme designed for civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think tanks and non-governmental organisations, comprising four modules: Policy Process in Government, Economics for Policy Analysis, Methods of Policy Analysis and Policy Monitoring and Evaluation. The course is a 25-credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme. Participants were also required to develop and defend a policy paper before an expert panel.
Since 2014, UCA IPPA has delivered the CPPA programme to civil servants from Afghanistan, the 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.