Workshop on "Ethics Training for Public Officials"
Ethics training for public officials is an important tool to promote integrity in public administration
and to prevent corruption. However, in many transition countries with high levels of corruption,
ethics training programmes are not very effective. The OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern
Europe and Central Asian (ACN) in cooperation with the OECD-EU SIGMA Programme and the
OECD Public Integrity Network (PIN) have recently prepared a Study on Ethics Training for Public
Officials that examines how this training is currently provided in the Eastern European and Central
Asian countries and in selected OECD countries. The Study identifies recommendations that
countries can use to improve the training on ethics that they provide to their public officials. These
recommendations suggest how to improve the preparation of ethics training programmes, and also
insist that modern training methods such as practice oriented interactive methods – and not
lectures about legislation - are more effective in training public officials about ethical norms and for developing skills for ethical decision making.
The training will provide an opportunity to train public officials and other persons involved in the
ethics training for public officials in the Western Balkans in the development of effective ethics
training programmes and in using modern training methods based on the OECD study.
The objective of the training is twofold: (1) to analyze the process of planning of ethics trainings in
the Western Balkan countries (on the basis of the check list proposed in the OECD study); and (2)
to discuss different ethics training methodologies and their practical value and applicability in the
Western Balkan region and to train participants to use these methodologies.
The training seminar will focus at the following two issues:
-How to design and develop an effective training programme on ethics for public officials
(policy development training) - Good training programs for public officials depend on
cooperation of all institutions responsible for the good governance and ethical public sector.
The OECD/ACN study proposes an agenda to develop coherent and consistent ethics
trainings for public officials. During the training, stages of the planning and conducting
trainings (needs assessment, objective, institutions, trainers, training materials, program, and evaluation) will be discussed.
-How to use modern training methods during the training courses (ethics train-the-trainer) - Contemporary approaches to adult trainings demand more attention to the development of the practical skills of the praticipants. It is important to use active learning methods where learners work collaboratively, discuss materials while role-playing, debate, engage in case study, take part in cooperative learning. Active training methods are also suitable for public ethics trainings, where actual ethics problems in the public sector and their solutions are under the question. The OECD/ ACN study shows that a typical approach to ethics trainings is to deliver knowledge in form of lectures and to improve compliance. The task of the international experts is to demonstrate how to use active methods to conduct ethics trainings in practice, taking into account specific aspects of the culture, public administration, types of corruption integrity violation and others.
Civil servants public service agencies, public service academies, anti-corruption agencies, other institutions involved in the training of public officials on the issues of ethics, integrity and anti-corruption. The best participants are those, who have already been conducting ethics trainings or will conduct, and who are responsible for the organizing of those trainings, as well as participants who seek to develop or improve their current state of ethics trainings in their institutions. The experts will rely very much on the practicability of this training. The training will bring together 21 participants in total.
The seminar will be prepared and delivered by the following trainers:
Leading Trainer: Ms. Aive Pevkur, Ethics Trainer, Estonia - Ms Pevkur has a doctoral degree in practical philosophy and her scientific interest is in professional ethics. She has been involved in the development of the public service ethics system in Estonia since 2004 when she became an advisor of the public service ethics in the Estonian State Chancellery. She is a trainer and consultant of the public service ethics and she has been involved in several international projects as a public ethics and corruption prevention expert.
Mr. Ahmet Coşkun, Advisors, Prime Ministry Office of Deputy Undersecretary, Turkey - Mr Coskun has been working on public management reform related issues including corruption prevention policies more than 10 years within the center of government. He is now working as an advisor to the Deputy Undersecretary who is responsible from public reform agenda on such matters. He managed several projects and carried out ethics training events for the Council of Ethics for Public Service between 2009 and 2011. After his period in this Council, he worked within the OECD Public Integrity Division where he wrote a case study about Ethics Training in Turkey.
Ms. Zorana Markovic, Independent consultant, Serbia - Ms Markovic is a lawyer with strong experience in public service, international and national non governmental organizations. From 2001-2005 was senior trainer on governance reform in the OSCE Mission to Serbia, was managing for 2 years a training program for lawyers in applying the European Convention of Human Rights and worked in the US Department of Justice in Belgrade office on anti corruption and organized crime training program for prosecutors, judges and investigators. As a short term consultant/expert was engaged in the French donor program for governance reform in Serbia and with the UNDP regional office on public administration in Athens – RSPAR. Under the Fulbright funded Fellowship program in 2003/2004 worked in the UNDESA, Department for Public Administration and Development management. From 2009-2012 was a director of the Serbian Anti Corruption Agency mandated to develop integrity and enhance corruption prevention mechanisms within public service.
OECD representative: Mrs. Olga Savran, ACN Manager, OECD.