Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Dean of the College of Public Policy (CPP) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), recently participated in an online discussion organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Network of Schools of Government and the Public Management and Budgeting Network. CPP is a member of the Network of Schools, representing leading national schools of public administration and governance in over 60 countries.
The online meeting attracted 175 participants from 50 different countries. The agenda for the meeting included the following topics:
Dr. Pal noted: “It was fascinating to hear views from around the world on how governments will have to adapt their public service to the new normal of a post-pandemic world. The emphasis in the discussions was on new forms of work, culture change in the public service, adapting service delivery to provide both routine services and completely new support services around health and income support.”
The OECD Global Network of Schools of Government supports countries in securing the long-term sustainability of public sector reforms by strengthening the link between international policy dialogue and national efforts to build capabilities in the public sector; informing the OECD policy dialogue with lessons and good practices on implementation on the ground; and supporting international exchange among national schools of government and the policy-making community.
As countries and cities re-open around the world, amid the hopeful signs we also hear of setbacks, spikes, and re-closings. While there is still much we do not know about COVID-19, the last six months have taught us at least five basic lessons, and one big truth.
A highly informative and wide-ranging discussion on ‘COVID-19: Faith, Public Policy and Gender Nexus’ took place via a webinar hosted by Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).