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PORTUGAL: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADMINISTRATION (INA)



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PORTUGAL: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADMINISTRATION (INA)

2 examples of partnerships of INA at the National and International level

International Partnership

National University, San Diego, California



Why?

INA does not have degrees. Several public servants do not have degrees too INA in partnership with National University offers international degrees to the Portuguese public servants using e-learning.



How?

Personnel and institutional agreement between the President of INA and the President of National University.

Particular Qualities of the Partners?

e-learning degrees

International certification

Impacts?

Partnership still in launching phase

Transfer of knowledge

National Partnerships

Delloite Consulting (DC)



Why?

Delloite supports scientific training and innovative activities of INA (the Best Practices in Public Administration Contest, for example). Delloite can bring practical expertise and examples to Public Administration from private organizations.



Particular Qualities of the Partner?

Expert in transforming private organizations in certain areas of management. Experts in PPP – private-public partnerships.

No-formal partnerships

Impacts?

Improve of knowledge in certain specific areas like PPPs. Support of some critical activities of INA like quality contests.


ROMANIA: INSTITUTUL NAŢIONAL DE ADMINISTRAŢIE

Romanian National Institute of Administration is a public institution of national interest that is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Administration and Interior.

1) The National Institute of Administration (INA) in partnership with InWent is implementing a project financed by The German government, represented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development within the Promoting democracy/Administrative reform sector.

The first sub-programme is called Advanced Training in EU-Affairs (around 60 people) for the Romanian Central Administration. The target group is civil servants in central public administration in Romania especially from European Integration departments. It is jointly run, with foreign and Romanian experts in training courses on very important EU-related topics. At least 120 people have already benefited from the programme since its beginning. Thus, INA has provided the Romanian counterpart for the German experts as well as organizing and managing the group of participants.

The second subprogramme is called Train the Trainers (20 people) and it aims to create a pool of young specialists in EU Affairs in order to increase and diversify of training programmes in EU affairs (9 modules). The sub-programme has 19 participants which over a period of 1 year follow a programme on advanced topics on EU Affairs which also included a study visit to Berlin and Brussels for two weeks within EU institutions and central administration institutions in Germany. INA has organized and managed the programme from the beginning, starting with forming the group and selecting the participants. It continued with the implementation of the project whose organization was INA’s task as part of the project. INA is also responsible for the sustainability of the project and developing an action plan for the trainees of the program.

2) The BOCD project was initiated at the request of the Ministry of Public Administration and Internal Affairs, Department of Public Administration Reform, which wishes to strengthen the operational capacity of the Central Unit for Public Administration Reform (UCRAP) and the Network for Public Administration Modernization (NPAM) in the area of decentralization. This project is financed by the government of the Netherlands and it intends to strengthen the NPAM, led by the UCRAP, to effectively support local governments in the decentralization process, with a special focus on decentralized services for water supply, housing and social services.

The immediate goals of the projects are:


  • Institutionalization of the linkages between UCRAP, NPAM, RFLA and three counties and city councils to provide ongoing support and feedback on the reform process.

  • Dissemination of the information concerning the support systems for the decentralization process (strategy, benchmarks and support institutions) and getting the acceptance of the stakeholders. Their full involvement in the process will ensure that their needs are addressed.

  • Designing and implementing the E-learning training courses for 60 people with the theme: “Decentralization and the increasing of local autonomy” and „Performance indicators”. These training courses aimed to give practical guidance on how to implement the strategy and benchmarks. This guidance was worked out in a step-by-step e-learning course. NIA trainers, with the support of IHS trainers, have prepared this course in the Netherlands. The training was targeted at the staff in the councils who will implement the strategy and collect data for the benchmarks.

The main results of the project were: the designed strategy, the support given to the local government through benchmarks and e-learning.

3) The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee) was set up for the purpose of gathering efforts and knowledge of the education and training institutions in the field of public administration with a view to harmonizing the integration in the EU. INA has become a member of NISPAcee since March 2003.

The participation in NISPAcee seminars represented for INA a step forward in developing cooperation partnerships with other similar training institutions, and strengthening INA’s role and place within the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration from Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee).

INA published articles in the network's quarterly review, had access to the latest editorial issues of the kind and took advantage of the network's support for disseminating the information related to the training process.

4) “Capacity building initiative”, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs through Institute for Public Administration. Some of the activities involved were: ToT programme for INA’s training managers; assisting INA in developing its institutional strategy (study visit at IPA’s headquarters); supporting specialized professional education programmes through Irish training experts’ involvement; consultancy/ capacity building.



Results from INA’s collaboration with our partners:

  • New training programmes launched - specialized professional education programmes for:

      • For high ranking civil servants

      • Prefect function (with French Embassy support)

      • Civil servants in management positions

      • Young civil servants (future managers)

      • Young graduates of higher education that want to become public managers (YPS)

  • INA’s logistical support renewed/enhanced

  • INA’s image improved

  • Support for the newly established Regional Training Centers (Timisoara and Constanta)

  • Human resource capacity of INA strengthened (workshops, experience exchange, training programmes etc)

  • INA was included in the international training networks (EIPA, NISPAcee etc)




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