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Management, Good Governance and Modern Administration Principles in the Context of the European Administrative Space

The main objective of the training is to train the civil servants from the Western Balkan countries in the field of managerial and leadership skills in relation to Good Governance and Modern Administration Principles and some practical models of Citizen Participation and Transparency Enforcement in Public Institutions as a part of Modern PA and Good Governance.

27.03.-30.03.12.

Danilovgrad

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Background

The main objective of the training is to train the civil servants from the Western Balkan countries in the field of managerial and leadership skills in relation to Good Governance and Modern Administration Principles and some practical models of Citizen Participation and Transparency Enforcement in Public Institutions as a part of Modern PA and Good Governance.

Social and Public Administration researchers affirm that the Western Balkan states, due to their historical evolution, had a comparatively weak institutional development in the past. However, at present these countries show a significant progress and declare a strong will to develop their economies and state institutions, which would result in the improvement of living standards and competitiveness of the state. On the other hand, all Western Balkan states have started the pre-accession process to the EU, which also becomes a challenging issue for the state and public institutions, because of the need to implement a set of goals and to raise requirements regarding the professional competencies of public managers.

Today, for a modern public manager, it is not enough to simply possess some managerial skills, but it has been proved in practice that success is rarely achievable without solid leadership. Also, the understanding that the Western Balkan states are in a rapidly moving process of transition, the knowledge and skills of change management are extremely important. Finally, the discussion on how the approach of Modern Public Management can be applied in daily life of a public manager is important as well. What advantages and disadvantages of implementing the abovementioned approach could be taken into account, and how the principles of Modern Governance could be useful for improving efficiency and effectiveness of a public institution is an important issue for every public manager today.

All of the issues mentioned above, are the essence of the proposed program developed by the Lithuanian Institute of Public Administration specialists. The experience acquired during the EU accession and the recent practice of transition in their country is the additional feature, which can be interesting and useful for RESPA training participants.

Objectives

  • To strengthen managerial and leadership skills in relation to Good Governance and Modern Administration Principles of the workshop participants;
  • To increase their knowledge and understanding of the concept of “Good Governance” and Principles of Modern Public administration;
  • To discuss reliability of some practical models of Citizen Participation and Transparency Enforcement in Public Institutions as a part of Modern PA and Good Governance.

Content

  • Essentials of efficient Public Administration and main features of effective Public Manager. Strategic management approach; Leadership skills; Change management; Successful delegation; Helping people to take responsibility;
  • Principles of Modern Public Administration in the Context of the EU administrative space;
  • Good Governance. Principles and understanding; The models and processes of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented; Models of Citizen involvement in decision making.  

Target group

21-28 public officials of Western Balkan countries from the Ministries responsible for civil service and public administration and the Ministry of Finance.

Workshop trainers

Dr. Ricardas MALKEVICIUS, Academic Director of Lithuanian National Road Carriers’ Association “Linava” training centre, Lithuania where he is responsible for conducting research activities related to development policies, developing training programs and seminars for top managers and supervisory level managers of transport companies, and also for civil servants in fields of Strategic management, Administrative skills and Leadership, Personnel management, Public-Private partnership, etc. Senior level experience of preparing complex documentation including government policy, national strategies, and a wide mix of TOR for different technical, financial, political, management, social, developmental and environmental project types including EU related matters. Broad project management experience across different sectors including projects involving organizational development and training with international teams. Professional experience and applied knowledge of Project Cycle Management methodology. Has overseas expert experience with proven track record in working with different cultures and  nationalities. Practical knowledge of integrating horizontal issues (such as gender mainstreaming, minority inclusion and environmental sustainability) into technical assistance programmes.

Rimantas KLEPAČIUS, Self-employed trainer & consultant, Lithuania, with Master in Social Sciences. As of 1996 has been constantly engaged in the fields of Planning of training activities, Training needs analyses, Customer needs analysis, Curriculum development, Personnel training, Staff recruitment, training and administration and other related fields. Mr. Klepacius has trained Civil servants from Kirgizia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia etc. In 2010-2011 as an UNDP expert, he performed trainings in the Azerbaijan Republic; In 2011 acted as an expert in a national project “Referencing Lithuanian Qualifications System to the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Ansi SHUNDI, Executive Director, Shundi Consulting, Freelance consultant, Albania, with Master of Arts in European Studies and International Relations. Mr. Shundi is a highly skilled former civil servant with large experience in designing and implementing public administration reforms. He is specialized in designing and implementing civil service legal frameworks and in capacity building of governments’ institutions to implement the reforms. Mr. Shundi is one of the founders of the Community of Practitioners in the Civil Service for the Western Balkans and is a frequent collaborator of SIGMA/OECD in the assessment of public sector and administrative framework.

Methodology

Seminar lecturing-training, interactive training; workshop discussions.


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