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g-masonJune 6-11, 2016
Split, Croatia

George Mason University, in conjunction with Mississippi State University, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Split, is proud to offer an advanced training seminar that explores emerging social issues surrounding immigration and refugee studies


  • Migration and Health
  • Mass Migration and Threats to Security
  • Representation and Portrayal of Migrant Populations in the Media

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3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World
Advancing Democratic Governance in the Developing World: The Role of Conflict, Complementarity, and Collaboration in Fostering Democratic Ideals, Practices, and Institutions
Washington, D.C.
July 18-19, 2016

Although many developing countries have transitioned to some sort of democracy over the last several decades, actual democratic consolidation and democratic governance have remained elusive. In part, this is because democratic ideals, practices, and institutions have not fully taken root and become institutionalized in the day-to-day practices of politicians, public administrators, civic leaders, and citizens. As a result, many developing countries struggle to adequately address conflict (in numerous forms), foster collaboration across sectoral, jurisdictional, and other boundaries, and otherwise nurture complementary democratic forces. In turn, ineffective practices for dealing with conflict, complementarity, and collaboration have led to poor performance, opportunistic behavior, corruption, and other challenges that weaken the quality of governance and undermine democracy.

The purpose of the 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance * is to explore the various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world. Specifically, the conference will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (e.g., public administration, political science, economics, sociology, business, law, journalism, international relations, and others) to collectively examine the role of conflict, complementarity, and collaboration in fostering and sustaining democratic ideals, practices, and institutions. In their papers, conference participants can address numerous themes and issues, such as:

Read complete call for paper

conf-menapar-englishThe MENAPAR (Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research) Conference will be held in Tunis, Tunisia; on 6-9 October 2015.

The theme to be discussed, The Role of Citizens and Organisations in Co-Constructing Public Action in the MENA region, will facilitate exchange of knowledge and experiences among countries and partners in the Arab States on the architectures and models for co-constructing public action in delivering public service through integrating citizens and the corporate world.  An extended focus will be on local governance models enabling both citizen and corporate participation in constructing public action.

The conference will facilitate discussions between researchers and decision-makers from across the region and beyond and experts on public administration and local governance. In particular, the conference will provide a much-needed opportunity to debate the important role of public administration and local government in building more legitimate, inclusive and rights-based societies in the region.

Extended deadline for paper submission : 15/08/2015

Download the call-for-contributions – PDF

Download the call-for-participation to the Pre-Conference Workshop on Capacity Development Initiatives & Best Practices in Arab Public Administration – PDF

Download the call-for-participation to the Pr-Conference Research Consortium – PDF

More information on the MENAPAR Conference

pai-logoIIAS Member, Public Administration International, would like to inform you about their annual international five-day workshop/study programme called “Integrity in Public Life: Core Values, codes of conduct and conflicts of interest” –

This programme aims to assist participants in developing and introducing practical mechanisms for establishing, promoting and sustaining an ethical infrastructure in the public life of their own countries  and to make a positive contribution to fighting corruption in public life. It is designed for Parliamentarians, senior policy makers and managers in the public sector, Presidential or special advisers, local government officials, representatives from civil society organisations and all those with responsibility for or a special interest in ethics, anti-corruption and good governance.

Their next programme is scheduled for 2 to 6 November 2015 and they are inviting applications from all interested parties.

More information about the programme:

View the Brochure 2015 (opens in a PDF document)



The IIAS participated this week to the work of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President of IIAS, Mr. prof. Bouckaert and the IIAS Director General, Mr. Rolet Loretan, formed the delegation who actively participated in debates and establishes valuable contacts with the different partners of the Institute.

More about the 15th Session of CEPA on “Building Trust in Government”.



The role and activities of institutions and organizations in public governance has been of great importance throughout history. Extending from high to low politics, public governance has both short and long term effects in the political, security, economic, social and cultural spheres, thereby shaping the environment of our everyday lives.

Examining trends, changes and opportunities in public governance today is particularly important because the vibrant international environment continues to re-emphasize older issues while posing a new set of challenges as well. Managing both types of challenges demands innovative, unprecedented, perhaps even revolutionary approaches from all actors in public governance.

The conference organizers welcome papers from all scholars (including PhD students) addressing topics that fit with the overall conference theme of “rethinking public governance”.

Download the call for paper

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LIPSE LogoIn collaboration with citizens, companies and societal organizations, governments are exploring new approaches that can produce outcomes that really address the needs of society. This explains the increased attention for issues that refer to processes of social innovation in the public sector. But what are relevant drivers and barriers behind the social innovation capacity in the public sector?

This is one of the questions that are raised by LIPSE: Learning from Innovation in Public Sector Environments, an European Union Seventh Framework funded research project identifying drivers and barriers to successful social innovation in the public sector

The goal of this interactive conference, chaired by the consortium coordinator Victor Bekkers, is to bring together professionals and academics to discuss the latest insights on social innovation in the public sector. There will be ample time for discussion and networking. The conference will take place on February 3-4, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.

You can expect keynote presentations by a representative of the European Commission (to be confirmed) and Mr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, former Dutch Ombudsman and now member of the European Court of Auditors.  Furthermore, the first findings and policy recommendations of our research themes will be discussed during this two day conference:

You will find a preliminary program attached to this invitation.

Participation in the conference is free-of-charge for those personally invited. To register, please send an e-mail to [email protected] by December 10th, 2014. Since we have limited seats (120 persons), we will accept participants in order of registration.

We sincerely hope that you will consider and accept this invitation. In case of questions or requests, please contact Krista Timeus at [email protected] We will continue to post information on the conference, venue & hotel recommendations on our website. To learn more about the LIPSE project, please visit our website

We hope to welcome you in Brussels!

The participating LIPSE universities are:

  • Bocconi University (Italy)
  • Catholic University Leuven (Belgium)
  • Ecole Nationale d’Administration (France)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • ESADE (Spain)
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Matej Bel University (Slovakia)
  • National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
  • The University of Edinburgh (The United Kingdom)
  • University Roskilde (Denmark)


The Uganda Management Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the International Conference on Governance and Service Delivery in Developing Economies. The Conference will be held from the 24th to the 28th of August 2015 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda.

The Conference will provide an arena for scholars, students and practitioners from diverse disciplines of public management to collectively explore managerial solutions to the governance and service delivery challenges in Africa.

You are invited to submit your contributions towards identifying practical strategies for improving governance processes, curbing corruption and improving service delivery under the five sub-themes listed hereunder.

i. Public Sector Reforms
ii. Development Agenda, Globalization, Regionalism, Nationalism and Partnerships
iii. Performance Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
iv. E-Governance
v. Anti-Corruption Strategies


Read more on the Call for Papers

ichallengeOn April 16, 2014, the World Bank and several partners launched the iChallenge: an effort to crowd source ideas for indicators that measure the strength of governance and public management systems. (

Running until July 1, 2014, the iChallenge is looking for ideas from practitioners, researchers, academics and general citizens for indicators that are:

  • action-worthy (empirically or plausibly connect with development outcomes),
  • actionable (governments can do something to improve their scores),
  • behavioral (measure the functioning of institutions rather than their form) and
  • can be applied across a variety of country contexts.

For now, the iChallenge is focusing on indicators that cover public financial management, procurement, tax administration, public administration and civil service, and public information systems. Indicators that address transparency and accountability in each of these systems are particularly encouraged.

The goal of the iChallenge is to raise awareness of the need for additional measures that meet these criteria, start a public conversation on what these measures could look like, and identify several indicators that could be piloted or scaled up. The iChallenge is part of a larger project aiming to identify and build consensus around a set of indicators of the strength of public management systems (ISPMS).

Participating in the iChallenge is simple. Visit to share your idea and comment on those submitted by others. The website includes more details about what types of indicators we are looking for, as well as what indicators already exist that measure the strength of public management systems. We’re looking for ideas for indicators that improve upon existing measures—these indicators may already be used by countries and their partners, or be entirely new.

All ideas that meet our basic criteria will be published on the website and in a menu of indicators that will be made widely available. An Evaluation Body composed of leading experts and chaired by Francis Fukuyama will review entries and select the top three to be presented at a workshop in the fall of 2014 at the World Bank. A full list of Evaluation Body members is available on the website.

06 Feb 2014

MENAPAR Inaugural Conference

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The IIAS would like to inform you that the Middle East and North Africa Conference for Research on Public Administration will be held in Manama – Bahrain on April 23 to 24, 2014. 

What is MENAPAR?

MENAPAR is being set-up as a network of organizations (networks) that are active in the scholarship/practice of Public Administration in the Middle East and thus named Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR). Contrary to conventional research networks which mainly associate ‘research providers,’ public sector organizations with an interest both to produce and use research are sought as active members of the MENAPAR.
BIPA will facilitate the launch of MENAPAR until it is established independently within a regional group of public administration as part of the IIAS network of regional groups. An organizational meeting of MENAGPA (the regional group that will host MENAPAR) is expected to take place during the MENAPAR conference in Bahrain on 23-24 April 2014.
Though focused on the Arab region, MENAPAR will be open to participation from institutions, scholars and practitioners on a global basis. However it will not be (yet) another organization competing for the Public Administration, public policy, and governance agenda in the region. Rather, it will try to create synergy effects between existing ones.

MENAPAR seeks to:

– become a forum for research and academic/ practitioner exchange on the important topics of public administration, public policies, and good governance in the Arab region;
– harness the collective intellect and efforts of organizations in the region to promote evidence-based PA and policy-making;
– promote a research culture and research capacities in the region’s public sectors;
– develop an indigenous research discourse on PA; one that tackles the problems of PA in the region as identified by the local actors;
– provide a resource base for all actors in the Arab PA scene to use evidence for policy and decision-making. Resources can be in terms of people/consultants, research, or networking.

MENAPAR Conference:

Following two first preliminary events where the concept was first tested and then elaborated, BIPA and the UNDP will hold a two-day MENAPAR conference on “developing a research agenda for public management in the MENA.” A call for contributions has been developed herewith and seeks your participation in the conference through an extended abstract. A presentation will be requested upon acceptance of your submission. Other than presenting research about Arab public administration, the conference will include two plenaries one on the research agenda for MENAPAR, and the second will lay the ground for the formal establishment of a MENA group of PA. Those who are interested in participating in such a group are encouraged to attend.

Download the Call for paper


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