Tajik Institute of Public Administration and University of Central Asia Sign Memorandum to Increase Capacity of Civil Servants

Date: 08 April 2014
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan and the University of Central Asia (UCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase the capacity and knowledge of civil servants in Tajikistan through a series of training and policy activities. The agreement was signed on 8 April 2014 at IPA in Dushanbe by Dr Roziqzoda Abdulhakimi Sherali, Rector of IPA, and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General of UCA.
 
Under the agreement, UCA and IPA will work together over the next two years to adapt and deliver UCA certificate programmes in Local Economic and Community Development (LECD) and in Policy Analysis to civil servants in Tajikistan. The activities will be implemented by IPA and UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA). All activities will be conducted at IPA in Dushanbe and IPA and UCA will select civil servants working in local and regional governments of Tajikistan to participate in the programmes.
 
Dr Roziqzoda Abdulhakimi Sherali, Rector of Institute of Public Administration, and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General of University of Central Asia signing a Memorandum of Understanding to increase the capacity and knowledge of civil servants in Tajikistan through a series of training and policy activities.
 
“The University of Central Asia is a leading and successful regional institution. Experts from this University gained rich experience in Public Policy, Local Economic and Community Development. The goal and vision of the UCA corresponds the with the IPA’s mission. Therefore, cooperation and purposeful use of the experience of UCA is valuable for Instructors and specialists of IPA,” said Dr Roziqzoda Abdulhakimi Sherali.
 
This expanded partnership follows a successful symposium on Policy-Making Process in Government in the Republic of Tajikistan jointly convened by UCA and IPA at IPA in Dushanbe on 21 February 2014. The symposium highlighted the need for deliberate and informed processes in the development of government policy. It was part of a series of three symposia engaging civil servants and policy analysts, hosted by IPPA and partners in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Afghanistan. 
 
“This two-year partnership reflects UCA’s commitment to comprehensively building the capacity of civil servants in Tajikistan,” said Dr Krawchenko, “Our training and research programmes are generating skills and information to enrich the outputs of civil servants and ensure they are informed by processes that reflect international standards and relevant and current information.”
 
IPA and UCA will jointly review UCA’s LECD curriculum, identify and train instructors and create a schedule for the delivery of the programme. Based on its existing programmes, UCA will develop the structure and curriculum of the LECD programme and provide training of trainers for instructors. SPCE has already successfully delivered the programme to 1,150 civil servants in the Kyrgyz Republic. 
 
UCA developed the Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in collaboration with Carleton University. The programme is being offered in the Kyrgyz Republic, starting in May 2014. IPPA also has an agreement with the Afghan Ministry of Finance to offer the Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis to civil servants in Afghanistan in the future. 
 
Certificate Programmes at UCA consist of 25 credits European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Successful participants will receive a professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis and a certificate supplement detailing the programme of studies completed and learner’s achievement in accordance with European norms. 
 
These activities are carried out with the assistance of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada.