UCA Institute of Public Policy and Administration and Tajik Institute of Public Administration Launch Second Certificate Programme on Policy Analysis

Date: 17 June 2015
The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA), in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, launched its Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis (CPPA) for new participants in Dushanbe on 15 June 2015. This is the second time CPPA is being offered to civil servants in Tajikistan.
Course participants were welcomed by Mrs Lutfiya Abdulkholikzoda, IPA Rector; Mrs. Kumri Azizova, Head of Information and Analytical Department of the Civil Service Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan; and Dr Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow. They provided an overview of the certificate programme and its value to participants.
Dr Roman Mogilevskii, IPPA Associate Director welcomes the second intake of CPPA course participants in Tajikistan.
“This second offering of CPPA in Dushanbe is confirmation of the continued need to build knowledge and skills in public policy. Like our first CPPA graduates, we are confident this group will develop their analytical skills in public policy and apply this knowledge in their professional field,” said Ms. Abdulkholikzoda.
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. The programme is offered in a flexible modular format to allow professionals to participate.
In 2014, UCA offered CPPA concurrently to civil servants from Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Afghanistan at IPA in Dushanbe and UCA in Bishkek.
“We had an overwhelmingly positive response from our first cohort of CPPA graduates and are pleased to offer CPPA in Tajikistan again through our continued partnership with IPA,” said Mogilevskii. “UCA IPPA is committed to the ongoing process of building the capacity of civil servants in Tajikistan, and CPPA is designed to enhance the technical expertise and refine the analytical skills necessary to engage in evidence-based policy making.” 
28 participants began the programme this week at IPA in Dushanbe. They join the 27 professionals at UCA in Bishkek who began CPPA in April 2015. Afghan civil servants will have the opportunity to enroll in CPPA at UCA in Bishkek in August.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a professional development Certificate in Policy Analysis. It is a 25 credit European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) programme.
CPPA is offered within the framework of UCA’s Research and Public Policy Initiative (RPPI), supported by the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, and the Aga Khan Foundation, Canada. 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. 
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