The College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) mission to facilitate effective policy implementation and development has been boosted by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded with the Astana Civil Service Hub.
Signed on October 12 and followed by an online inception meeting one week later, the MoU lays the groundwork for future collaboration between the two organizations. The agreement makes provisions for joint research projects on public management in the context of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Hub will also share expertise and best practice regarding public administration and disseminate information regarding the CPP’s research projects and initiatives. The latter includes the recently-launched menatracker.org, which records and analyzes government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in 10 Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Established in 2013, the Astana Civil Service Hub’s mission is to promote and support civil service effectiveness throughout Central Asia and further afield by building institutional and human capacity. In doing so, the Hub aspires to become a multilateral platform engaged in the exchange of experience and knowledge between participating countries. Its main areas of activities are focused on partnership and network building, peer-to-peer learning, and research and knowledge management.
”We are very much looking forward to working with the Astana Civil Service Hub,” said Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Founding Dean of CPP. “The Hub has a membership of over 40 countries, and activities and projects with over 30 more. It is supported by the United Nations Development Program and has strong relations with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and other international organizations. This partnership paves the way for the College to extend our networks in Central Asia, and also to develop joint research projects and case studies in the near future.”
For more information on the work of the College of Public Policy, please visit https://www.hbku.edu.qa/en/cpp
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