About the Centre

 An officer and rescue/recovery dog participate in a disaster preparedness and emergency response simulation exercise as part of UNDP Mongolia's programme on increasing disaster risk management capacity in local municipalities. (Photo: Eskender Debebe, UNDP)

Operational since December 2012, the Centre was founded by the Government of Singapore and UNDP. It represents a unique collaboration. Singapore is a global leader in public service excellence, which has been a driving force behind the nation’s rapid economic and social successes. The country’s achievements provide inspiration for others seeking to build a professional public service with integrity, diversity and a focus on clients and results.

UNDP is a leading development agency of the United Nations system that partners with countries in strengthening their institutions and supporting democratic governance.

How we work

Through its evidence building activities the centre identifies trends, innovations and public solutions. It brings officials, leaders, policy-makers and experts together to debate and collaborate on addressing the public challenges of the day.

The Centre operates under the joint direction of UNDP and the Government of Singapore. A steering committee with representatives from UNDP, the Government of Singapore, and an independent expert oversees the Centre’s work.

You can read more about our work in our Annual Reports (see side column) and under the: Evidence Hub and Convening Hub sections of this website. Our service lines for UNDP offices and partner governments are described in our Service Lines brochure (see right column).

Our Partners

We are forging partnerships with other centres of excellence, universities, think-tanks, and civil society organisations. We are also reaching out across the UN to create issue-based partnerships with other UNDP Global Centres, Regional Service Centres, and UN Centres for research and learning.

Since 2015 the Centre jointly manages the Secretariat of the Effective Institutions Platform (with the OECD). The platform is a partnership of more than 60 countries and organisations (multilateral and bilateral development agencies, civil society, think tanks) which aims to support countries in strengthening their public sector institutions through initiatives such as Peer-to-Peer Learning.

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