UCA Celebrates Policy Analysis Programme Graduates in Dushanbe

Date: 09 April 2015

The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) celebrated the graduates of its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) at a ceremony at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of Tajikistan in Dushanbe on 9 April 2015. The course was delivered through a partnership between UCA and IPA.

 Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko - UCA Director General presents Mr. Dilovar Ganiev with his certificate

“CPPA offers a rigorous learning experience, bringing together expert instructors and Central Asian civil servants to explore and apply critical concepts and methods in policy analysis,” said UCA Director General, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, who welcomed the graduates and guests. “We are pleased to offer the course in Tajikistan, in partnership with IPA.”

The ceremony was also attended by IPA Rector Mrs Lutfia Abdulholikzoda, Head of the department of the Civil Service Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mr Tojiddin Jurazoda, Coordinator of the Public Sector Reforms Group of the Executive Office of the President of Tajikistan. 
 
“This programme is very useful in terms of training and re-training our civil servants. We are confident that after completing the programme, our students have developed their analytical skills in public policy. We expect they will apply this knowledge in their professional work and when preparing public policies," said Mrs Lutfia Abduholikzoda, Rector of IPA.    
 
CPPA is an executive programme for civil servants, independent analysts and staff at think-tanks and non-governmental organizations. It includes four modules: Policy Process in Government, Economics for Policy Analysis, Methods of Policy Analysis, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation. Each participant also develops and defends an original policy paper to a panel of senior researchers and government officials at an end-of-course colloquium. 
 
In 2014, UCA offered CPPA concurrently for Kyrgyz, Tajik and Afghan civil servants at UCA in Biskhek and Dushanbe, in a flexible modular format to allow professionals to participate. 
 
This cohort of 11 graduates undertook the course from August 2014 to January 2015 at IPA. They were taught by an international team, including Associate Professor Oleksandr Kiliievych of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine; Zaure Sydykova of the Small Business Development Centre, Bishkek; and Dr Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Head of Research. 
 
The language of instruction was Russian. UCA provided course materials, including its recent publication, Benefit-Cost Analysis Guide, the first authorised Russian language translation. Cost-benefit analysis is a standard methodology used to assess government expenditures on programmes, projects and policy.  
 
The graduates received a professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis and a certificate supplement detailing the programme of studies and learner’s achievement in accordance with European norms. The course is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme. 
 
“CPPA has deepened our knowledge of policy analysis. The teaching methodology helped us understand theory and better analyse practical examples,” said graduate Suhrob Yokubzoda, Head of the Information Department of the Analysis and Economic Forecasting Division at the Ministry of Transport.
 
 First graduates of IPPA's Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis in Dushanbe with Bohdan Krawchenko - UCA Director General, IPA Rector Mrs Lutfia Abdulholikzoda and honored guests.
 
CPPA is offered within the framework of IPPA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative (RPPI), supported by the International Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. The publication of Benefit-Cost Analysis Guide was also supported under the Initiative. RPPI aims to ground policy-making processes in Central Asia in sound evidence and policy analysis by building the capacity of researchers to conduct independent and critical studies and by expanding the ability of policy professionals to utilise such research in policy development. 
 
CPPA is being offered again in 2015, beginning in April in Bishkek, May in Dushanbe, and for civil servants from Afghanistan it will be offered in August.