Local and Economic Community Development Certificate Programme Underway in Tajikistan

Date: 28 July 2015
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Local Economic Community Development (LECD) Certificate Programme is underway in Tajikistan. 
 
LECD is designed to build the capacity of local civil servants, who are the closest government representatives to rural communities and have the greatest potential to enhance community-government relations. 
 
Gurez Qosimzoda, Deputy Head of the Civil Service Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan explains the importance of the LECD programme at the launch of the programme.
 
The programme is being delivered by UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, with support from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada 
 
“Following the successful delivery of our Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis for civil servants in Tajikistan, we are delighted to engage in another fruitful partnership with the Institute of Public Administration in Dushanbe,” said Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies at UCA, “LECD is designed to build skills and to highlight the ways in which frontline civil servants can effectively lead and make a difference in the lives of their constituents.”
 
Under the partnership, UCA developed 10 modules in its LECD Certificate Programme curriculum and identified and trained 10 instructors. The programme is currently being delivered to 15 civil servants from sub-districts of Tajikistan at IPA in Dushanbe.  
 
Tajik civil servants undergoing UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing of Education Local Economic Community Development Certificate programme.

“The LECD certificate programme is a unique program and will enable civil servants at the local level to increase their knowledge, and their organisational and management skills to the highest standards,” said Nuriddinov Homidkhon, Pro-rector of IPA.
 
The curriculum covers a range of modules, such as local economic development, including entrepreneurship and private sector finance and infrastructure development; community development, including resource mobilisation, social issues and government response, land management and energy efficiency; public administration and management, including business administration and public management; and information technology. It is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme.
 
Since 2011, UCA has supported the efforts of governments in the region to build the capacity of civil servants through the LECD programme. SPCE has successfully delivered the programme to 1375 civil servants in the Kyrgyz Republic through agreements with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance.