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High-Level Visit Pacific & TL, SingaporeHE Dr. Malielegaoi (Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa) & Dame Taylor, (Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat) in conversation. (Photo: UNDP)

The Centre offers a forum where officials, leaders, policy-makers and experts can exchange their ideas, knowledge and experiences.
 
Fostering collaboration between countries is at the heart of our work. The focus is on sharing the most relevant knowledge and fostering cooperation among those countries that have best practices to share.

The Centre conducts Public Service Dialogues that bring stakeholders together to identify, research, and debate the most pressing challenges in public service performance today. These include hurdles such as achieving diversity, outsourcing, or establishing systems to tackle corruption.

Our Events

International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP)
   28-30 June 2017, Singapore
This 3rd edition of the ICPP is organised by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) in conjunction with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) is providing grants to researchers from developing economies to enable their participaction. GCPSE aims to expand its collaboration with the academic community to build evidence on the relevant policy aspects.

Training Workshop: Transformational Leadership for Delivering the 2030 Agenda
   19-23 June 2017, Singapore
The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, in partnership with the Singapore Cooperation Programme, is organising the second edition of this popular training workshop on Public Sector Leadership aimed at senior public sector practitioners from developing countries. The joint initiative was announced by Singapore at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

Lunchtime Talk: Study What Bureaucracies Actually Do, Not What They Should Do
   24 May 2017, Singapore
Guest speaker Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan will present her research on unofficial "profit sharing" schemes in China which - while often dismissed as corrupt practices - actually function as monetary incentives. She will propose that we must investigate throuh in-depth qualitative research what public bureaucracies actually do, rather than what they should do.

UNDP Philippines foresightXchange
   18-19 May 2017, Manila / Philippines
Every 5 years, UNDP country offices develop a country programme document which defines their strategy. Strategic futures or foresight aproaches offer a range of tools that help explore possible futures, identify strategic opportunities and inform this process. In a two day workshop, facilitated by our Centre, UNDP Philippines and partners from Government, civil society and the private sector applied foresight to peacebuilding, natural resource management, climate change, governance and the Sustainable Development Goals.

International Workshop: Re-inventing Public Service Delivery 
   3-5 May 2017, Singapore and Malaysia
As early as 1989, Singapore launched world’s first “one stop shop” (OSS). 28 years later, responding to the increased demand for governments to find ways of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its service, we convened an international workshop to explore the continuing relevance of OSS, the political economy dimension and technical implementation challenges, good practices and lessons learned, in the context of wider concerns to improve citizen-centered service delivery. The workshop was organised in partnership with the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana and the World Bank's Global Knowledge & Research Hub in Malaysia.

High-Level Study Visit - Pacific Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste
   8 February 2017, Singapore
"Preparing Public Administration in Big Ocean States for a New Era of Uncertainty" was the theme for this roundtable discussion with senior leaders from the Pacific and Timor-Leste. The purpose of the visit was to consider ways of improving public administration in the Pacific in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. If formed part of a study visit programme arranged by the Singapore Government.We had the honor of hosting a Head of State (the President of Nauru, three Prime Ministers (Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga), Ministers from the Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu as well as important officials, such as the Chairman of the Niue Public Service Commission and the Permanent Secretary of Civil Service in Fiji also attended. Accompanying these senior leaders were the heads of three International Organisations (Pacific Islands Development Forum, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Pacific Community). A photo album is available here.

Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) - Annual Meeting 
   29 November 2016, Nairobi/Kenya
EIP Members from Africa, Central Asia, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific participated in the 2016 Annual Meeting which was organised a day before the 2nd High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness (GPEDC). A fresh set of 7 new initiatives were co-created by EIP members. These and other new ideas look promising to be taken forward over the coming 2-3 months. The EIP also featured its activities on Peer-to-Peer Learning in a side event at the momentous multi-stakeholder gathering which brought over 3000 delegates to Nairobi.

Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development
   22-24 November 2016, Singapore
This forum examined each of the 17 SDGs in depth, featuring case studies and perspectives from businesses, governments, UN agencies, investors and international experts. UNDP partnered the event to facilitate a better understanding of the SDGs among businesses and to identify ways of how they could support governments in attaining the goals. The Centre curated the session on Goal 16 "Peace, justice and strong institutions".

Detours to Development: Public Administration Gets Practical
   17-18 November 2016, Singapore 
We brought together expert practitioners from a small selection of countries to discuss the principles of "practical governance", share experiences among peers and learn from each other. At this workshop, the UNDP GCPSE also launched a new booklet on the non-linear path to Singapore’s development (available here). Besides presentation of the Singapore experience, the workshop included presentations of country cases to examine if, and how, a pragmatic governance approach may fare in different country contexts.

Workshop on Collaborative Innovation in Service Delivery
   1-3 November 2016, Singapore 
For this workshop the Centre invited UNDP staff and national counterparts to explore examples collaboration and innovation in public service delivery that can be adapted and applied to the local context. The workshop was facilitated by a dynamic world-class expert in this field Dr. Henry Kippin, who runs an internationally influential think tank on collaboration.

Strategic Foresight for the 2030 Agenda
   23 October 2016, Bangkok / Thailand
This hands-on workshop was organised in the context of the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Knowledge Exchange "Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Participants had an opportunity to explore strategic foresight techniques which are used in strategic foresight. Special attention was paid to issues such as resilient planning and adaptive programming.

Workshop: Foresight, Futures and Strategic Planning - Innovating for the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022
   10-11 October 2016, Manila / Philippines
Hosted by UNDP Philippines for the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), this national workshop brought together leaders and planning officers from a very diverse set of departments and agencies in the Government of the Philippines and the regional NEDA offices. After a quick SWOT analysis of the current planning system and exercises with foresight methods, participants came up with ideas on how foresight approaches could be integrated into the current national planning process and other policy/planning processes.

Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan
   25-26 August 2016, Nay Pyi Taw / Myanmar 
Centre Director, Max Everest-Phillips and Thinker-Practitioner in Residence, Ryan Orange were invited to present perspectives on civil service reform at the first Consultative Workshop on Civil Service Reform in Myanmar. The Vice President opened the event which was attended by a distinguished audience of senior officials and thought leaders.

Financing the SDGs in the Least Developed Countries
   24 June 2016, Singapore
This consultation on the new AFD-UNDP report ‘Financing the SDGs in the Least Developed Countries: Diversifying the Financing Tool Box and Managing Vulnerability’ provided an opportunity to explore the extent to which different and innovative financial instruments can be used (or are already being used) in LDCs to finance sustainable development and manage risks. Pedro Conceicao (Director, Strategic Policy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP New York) presented the report for discussion.

Consultation: 2016 Human Development Report
   20 June 2016, Singapore
The UNDP Human Development Report Office (HDRO) and the Centre jointly organised a one-day consultation, focused on the way forward for using the annual HDR as a catalyst to motivate positive changes in development efforts, to make a difference in people’s lives where they are most needed. To meet the complexities of today’s human development landscape, the 2016 HDR is seeking to transform its approach. HDRO Director Selim Jahan led the consultation.

Training Workshop: Transformational Leadership for Delivering the 2030 Agenda
   16-20 May 2016, Singapore
The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, in partnership with the Singapore Cooperation Programme, organised a training workshop centred on Public Sector Leadership for Delivering the ‘2030 Agenda’ aimed at senior public sector practitioners from developing countries. The joint initiative was announced by Singapore at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

Conference: Political Settlements and Public Service Performance
   12-14 April 2016, Singapore
This global conference, organised in partnership with the Developmental Leadership Program and the Centre for Public Impact, featured insights from leading experts and academics, such as Verena FritzProf. Brian Levy, Alina Rocha Menocal and Michael Woolcock. Participants examined the impact of political settlements on public service and explored how the complex politics of change can be better understood in their respective country contexts. Through a ‘political impact lab’ we identified opportunities to “work with the grain” and practical solutions for reforming public service to deliver development outcomes.

Understanding Challenges to Long-Term Reform in the Papua New Guinea Public Service
   13-15 January 2016, Port Moresby / Papua New Guinea
On invitation by UNDP Papua New Guinea, our team met with key Government and NGO stakeholders, as well as development partners. As PNG celebrated its 40th year of independence, the mission explored possible strategies, including New Public Passion, to support sustainable public service improvements in the face of the ubiquitous social influence of the more than 800 different tribal groups in the country, contributing to a ‘wantok’ culture, it being simultaneously a challenge and strength for development in PNG.

Panel Discussion: International Anti-Corruption Day
   9 December 2015, Singapore
The UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) organised a Anti-Corruption Day commemoration and panel discussion, titled "Collective Action against Corruption in the Context of the new SDGs: What Role of Business, Youth and Anti-Corruption Agencies Could Play? The event was hosted in partnership with with the ASEAN CSR Network and Global Compact Network Singapore.

Design Workshop: The Complexity of Public Service Reform
   7 December 2015, Cambridge, MA / United States of America
This expert workshop hosted by the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School considered how Cognostics, the science of helping the brain cope with complexity, can be applied to public sector reform. With expert views gathered at the workshop, we prototyped the integration of its civil service and reform typologies with Eidos, a decision-making software developed by the Parmenides Foundation.

Africa foresightXchange
   30 November - 1 December 2015, Johannesburg / South Africa
This regional experience sharing workshop brought together Government officials and UNDP development practitioners from 12 African countries for a learning event on the practice of strategic foresight in Africa and beyond. The event was organised in partnership between the UNDP Africa Regional Service Centre, the Centre for Public Service Innovation and UNDP South Africa.

Mauritius foresightXchange - Towards an Innovative Public Service
   25 - 26 November 2015, Balaclava / Mauritius
The Civil Service of Mauritius has great ambitions for its national development, including the attainment of high incomes status as a country. With it comes a significant role of innovation in the civil service. This foresightXchange looks at the potential of strategic foresight and service design futures in this process. It was hosted by UNDP Mauritius and the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Government of Mauritius.

PSP-2015 Conference: Motivation in Public Service
   19 November 2015, Singapore
Asking "What’s Next for Developing Countries?" this flagship PSP-2015 conference is building on previous conferences held on public service motivation. It will will bring together a diverse group of top professionals working in areas related to motivation of public officials, to rigorously examine the topic from academic, government and international development perspectives.

Effective Institutions Platform - Annual Meeting
   17-18 November 2015, Singapore
The Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) will hold its Annual Meeting for the first time in Asia, hosted at the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence which joined the OECD in the EIP Joint Secretariat this year. We are expecting delegates from the 65 member countries and institutions who will review progress in the EIP workstreams (incl. resource management & service delivery, monitoring & measuring institutional capacity, accountability and inclusion) and discuss EIP's role as a multi-stakeholder platform in the implementation of the SDGs, known as the Agenda 2030

Pacific foresightXchange
   4-6 November 2015, Suva / Fiji
This second regional edition of the foresightXchange series was a collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. It saw SIDS decision makers and policy planners from 7 Pacific Island states explore new ways of strategic thinking using strategic foresight as well as innovative ways for planning and policy design that will make implementation more resilient and adaptive to change. The workshop also marked the launch of the EIP Peer-to-Peer Learning Alliance on Foresight & Resilience in SIDS. 

Cities2030: Vision, Leadership and Public Service Excellence
   5-6 October 2015, Singapore
Organised in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Centre for Liveable Cities the two-day event brought together mayors and officials from Commonwealth cities in Africa, the Carribean, Europe, the Pacific and South Asia for a workshop on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As GCPSE Director Max Everest-Phillips outlined in his opening remarks, public service plays a vital role in delivering the Global Goals (SDGs).

Preparatory Mission - Mauritius foresightXchange
   14-17 September 2015, Port Louis / Mauritius
In close collaboration with the Government of Mauritius, UNDP Mauritius and the Centre are preparing the Mauritius foresightXchange for late 2015. The event will support the Government's vision of building an Innovative Civil Service by exploring foresight approaches for strategic planning and policy development.

Strategic Foresight for Resilient Island States in the Pacific
   10 September 2015, Port Moresby / Papua New Guinea
This side event to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Leaders Meeting takes note that Pacific Islands are at the forefront of adapting to new realities and of realising sustainable development in an increasingly complex and volatile environment. The event will present how foresight approaches could help seize emerging opportunities and respond more effectively to emerging challenges.

Progress & Challenges in Fighting Corruption
   7 September 2015, Singapore
The Head of DFID Anti-Corruption Team, Phil Mason, reviewed the origins of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), its aspirations and ambitions, and share experiences from a donor perspective. He reflected on key challenges faced by the providers of development assistance and propose some unconventional approaches that may be necessary to address the problem of corruption.

Effective Insitutions Platform (EIP) Advisory Group Meeting
   31 August - 1 September 2015, Paris & Singapore
The EIP Advisory Group guides and oversees the operations of the platform and advises on its strategic direction. As a member of the Joint Secretariat the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence is involved in meeting preparations and provides input to the discussions. The Centre will be participating remotely through video conference with on-site participation of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat's representative, making this the first dual location EIP Advisory Group meeting.

Reception to Celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee
   20 August 2015, Singapore
To mark the occasion of Singapore's 50th birthday, the Centre launched a monograph on the contribution of Dr Albert Winsemius to the development of Singapore’s public service. Dr Winsemius worked for UNDP’s predecessor organisation (EPTA) and led the first Industrial Survey Mission to Singapore in 1960. He subsequently served as an adviser to Lee Kuan Yew for over two decades.  Former staff of Singapore’s Economic Development Board who worked with Dr Winsemius in the 1960s and 1970s shared their reminiscences with the audience.

foresightXchange: Shaping the Future Civil Servant of 2030
   22-23 May 2015, Astana/Kazakhstan
Hot on the heels of the Astana Economic Forum, the Regional Hub of Civil Service (ACSH) and the Global Centre organised a foresightXchange with civil service representatives to explore the disruptive force of technology and demographics on the future of work in the public sector in Central Asia. By exploring different scenarios for technology in society and in the public sector, a new profile of a civil servant emerged, with a significantly different skill and competency set. The results were presented at a workshop on Civil Service Excellence at the United Nations, organized by the Kazakhstan Permanent Mission to the UN and the ACSH.

foresightXchange: What’s next for the Maldives Civil Service?
   17-18 May 2015, Male/Maldives
The Civil Service Commission and GCPSE joined forces in this foresightXchange workshop for the formulation of the new Strategic Plan for the Maldives Civil Service. The workshop identified external trends and organizational drivers, explored possible futures in which the civil service has to do its job, and laid the groundwork for an inspirational, appropriate and realistic vision for the Civil Service. Subsequently, different strategies and activities were tested for their resilience in achieving the vision in different futures, providing the agile building blocks of the new Strategic Plan 2016-2020. 

Strategic Foresight for National Development Planning
   10-12 May 2015, Male/Maldives
This foresightXchange event followed an introduction workshop in March. The Centre and UNDP Maldives teamed up with the Ministry of Finance and Treasury to use strategic foresight to map out the National Development Strategy. Forty line ministry and government agency officials came together for three days to actively learn and apply strategic foresight for the development of vision, cross-sectoral scenarios and resilient policies for the National Development Strategy. 

Work in the Public Service of the Future
   5 May 2015, Singapore
This workshop continues the PSP-2015 series of events organized by the Centre with various partners, looking at public service beyond the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals. The 2015 HDR theme being "Rethinking Work for Human Development", we discussed work in the public service. What will the public service need to look like in 2030, when the Post-2015 development framework - the Sustainable Development Goals - are meant to be achieved? 

Leadership, Foresight & Excellence in Public Service
   12-13 and 16 March 2015, Singapore
This workshop sought to explore leadership dynamics at the bureaucratic – administrative interface and how this affects the effectiveness of institutions. The workshop convened a select group of expert thinker-practitioners who will share and discuss their insights (e.g. how foresight approaches and cognostics can contribute to adaptive leadership) in a small group setting. It coincided with the visit of a high-level delegation from Malawi, led by the Vice-President. 

Strategic Thinking and Whole-of-Government Decision Making: "Cognostics" Training Workshop
   9-11 March 2015, Cyberjaya/Malaysia
Conducted by Prof. Albrecht von Müller (Director, Parmenides Centre for the Study of Thinking, Germany), this hands-on workshop exposed participants to new ways of dealing with complexity and pervasive structural change, decision-making and strategy development in a complex public service environment. The 2.5 day workshop - hosted by the Malaysian Foresight Institute - introduced public service and UNDP officials to the emerging field of "cognostics" and the EIDOS tool, developed by by Parmenides Foundation.

Strategic Foresight: Maldives Civil Service in 2020
   3-4 March 2015, Male / Maldives
This 1.5 day foresight workshop will focus on the modernization of the Civil Service of the Republic of Maldives and its 5 year strategic plan. Conducted by the Centre's Senior Advisor on Public Service Foresight, the interactive workshop will consist of a presentation, discussion and trial application of foresight to Maldives’ national planning processes. A total of 65 participants from government ministries and the Civil Service Commission are expected to attend the workshop.

Performance Assessment of Civil Servants: International Experiences & Vietnam’s Practices
   3 December 2014, Hanoi / Vietnam
This workshop was organised at the behest of the Vietnam Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) and UNDP Vietnam to provide international perspectives in the run up to the formulation of a new national law on performance assessment of civil servants. GCPSE invited experts from Singapore and New Zealand to support UNDP Vietnam and MOHA in this initiative as part of its commitment to enhance UNDP South-South and Triangular cooperation.

Action Learning for Public Service Excellence
   20-21 November 2014, Singapore
Participants from national and sub-national level governments in Bhutan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, as well as colleagues from UNDP Country Offices attended this workshop on Action Learning, facilitated by Dr Clive Kinder (Commonwealth Business School). The workshop looked at ways in which action learning, or 'learning by doing', can support better implementation of government strategy, with a focus on civil service reform needs and improving the performance of civil servants.

Public Service Excellence and the Post-2015 Agenda
   17-19 November 2014, Singapore
This edition of our PSP-2015 workshops brought together experts, practitioners from UNDP, partner governments and members of the Effective Institutions Platform. Participants from 33 countries considered the research, evidence and knowledge needs of the post-2015 public service reform agenda; explored alternative futures of the public service in 2030 and identified learning topics to be pursued under the umbrella of the Learning Alliances on Public Sector Reform. Impressions of the event here.

 Rwanda foresightXchange 
   21-23 October 2014, Kigali / Rwanda
A powerhouse in East Africa, Rwanda is always at the forefront of change. Public Officials who are responsible for strategy development, policy design and planning are challenged by the rapid pace of change while balancing interests and recognising how short-lived plans can be. UNDP Rwanda and the Global Centre partnered with the Rwanda Governance Board in bringing public service stakeholders together for the Rwanda foresightXchange [#fsXc] - a workshop on foresight in public service - which explored how it can help the public service become more resilient to shocks, responsive to emerging opportunities and adaptive to change.

ASEAN Good Governance Forum
   25 September 2014, Yangon / Myanmar
The Global Centre's Director, Max Everest-Phillips, spoke at the ASEAN Good Governance Forum, organised by the Myanmar Union Civil Service Board and UNDP Myanmar. Titled "Promoting Civil Service Ethics and Performance", the forum featured sessions on a variety of topics, such as civil service transformation, ethics and accountability. On the side lines of the event the Global Centre facilitated training sessions for the Union Civil Service Board on Leadership and Public Service Motivation.

Integrating Decentralisation with Civil Service Reforms: Did it Work? Experience from Pakistan
   12 September 2014, Singapore
In this first joint seminar with the Institute for South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), our honorary fellow Dr. Munawwar Alam (Adviser, Commonwealth Local Government Forum) examined Pakistan's 2001 devolution plan as a major attempt to reform public service all aimed at modernization and social change in the society and share insights on the wider governance context.

"Building Resilience in SIDS through Foresight" - Side Event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 
   1 September 2014, Apia / Samoa
At this side event, the Government of Tonga - represented by Lord Tu'ivakano (Prime Minister, Kingdom of Tonga) - featured its experience with the foresightXchange and underscored the utility of foresight in boosting the adaptive capacity and future-readiness of public services in SIDS. Helen Clark (UNDP Administrator), Masagos Zulkifli (Senior Minister of State, Singapore) and Jim Dator (Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies) all provided comments and joined the Prime Minister for a podium discussion.

Cabinet Retreat - Tonga foresightXchange
   22 August 2014, Nuku'alofa / Tonga
At this workshop public service leadership (Ministers and CEOs of Government Ministries) discussed the Tonga foresightXchange as a first-hand experience with participatory foresight in Tonga. The Global Centre presented public service foresight as a complementary approach to traditional strategic planning and Ministers appreciated the potential of its application in the context of policy development, strategic planning and implementation.

Tonga foresightXchange
   19 August 2014, Nuku'alofa / Tonga
At the invitation of the Tongan Government, the Centre organised the foresightXchange, a public workshop that prototyped a customised participatory foresight tool with participants representing a cross-section of Tongan society. The initiative comes as Tonga is preparing the next iteration of its three year Strategic Development Framework (2015-2017).

Scoping Workshop - Public Service Foresight
   29 July 2014, Kigali / Rwanda
In collaboration with the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), the Global Centre organised a workshop with a range of key institutions of the Rwandan Government to introduce foresight concepts and to explore current strategic planning practices in the public service. The RGB and UNDP are planning a Rwanda foresightXchange in October 2014 to prototype and adapt foresight approaches to selected challenges.

"How Relevant is the ‘Carrot and Stick’ Approach in Public Service Motivation?"
   23 July 2014, Singapore
Lecture and panel discussion with speakers and panelists from the Asian Development Bank, Lee Kuan School of Public Policy, Singapore Public Service and the World Bank on motivation and the adequacy of incentives, specific to public servants. The event highlighted the importance of an effective and motivated public service.

Public Service Post-2015 (PSP-15): Public Service Leaders’ Congress "Restoring the Public Service Ethos"
   22 July 2014, Singapore

Building on the success of the Public Service Dialogue in 2013, PSP-2015 brought innovative public sector leaders together with influential thinker-practitioners to discuss the needs of public service in the post-MDG world. We sought to identify and promote policies and practices that improve the ability of the public sector to deliver in a complex, rapidly-changing world. This year our specific focus was on public service motivation and ethos.

Public Service Post-2015 (PSP-15): Research Workshop
   21 July 2014, Singapore

The Research Workshop brought together researchers from academia, international organisations and public services from various countries. Speakers presented short perspectives on motivation and how it relates to public service ethos. This was followed by a discussion on a proposed multi-country research project to examine public service motivation in developing countries.

"Driving Radical Transformation of Public Services"
   18 July 2014, Singapore

Roundtable Talk on how digital and design can be used as drivers for radical transformation in public services. Drawing on examples of FutureGov's work in the UK and Australia as well as with UNDP in Albania, Georgia, and Macedonia, Dominic Campbell talked about ways to achieve public service innovation.

R&D Event: Foresight for Development – Shaping Alternative Futures
   16-17 June 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

This joint Research & Development event organised in collaboration with the UNDP ECIS Regional Centre brought together UNDP practitioners from the ECIS region and international experts for an exposure to state-of-the-art practices in foresight & strategic planning.

"Women, Excellence and Public Service"
   3 June 2014, Singapore

The Global Centre hosted UNDP Administrator Helen Clark for her inaugural lecture on "Women’s Equal Participation and Leadership in Decision-Making" which was followed by a panel discussion, featuring women leaders from Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam.

"Leadership and the Challenge of Change"
  30 April 2014, Singapore

The Global Centre partnered with KPMG to hold an International Development Conference which featured the Asian launch of the 2013 Change Readiness Index - a unique tool for measuring the key determinants that impact a country’s ability to react to and manage change - and key findings from the Developmental Leadership Programme, one of the most innovative research programs in international development.

"Development on Small Islands – What does a complexity approach have to offer?"
  29 April 2014, Singapore

Ahead of the 3rd UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Global Centre organised a half-day conference in collaboration with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to consider the value of complexity-aware approaches to tackling development issues on SIDS.  It focused on exploring the nonlinear nature of development and highlighted that there are no simple answers, even in the SIDS context.

Review of the Political-Bureaucratic Leadership Interface
  28 April 2014, Singapore

Dr Niheer Dasandi (Research Fellow, Developmental Leadership Programme) presented and discussed lessons from a review of the political-bureaucratic leadership interface in successful developmental states, such as Singapore. The DLP is one of the most innovative research programs in international development, funded by Australia and based at the University of Birmingham (UK).

"Accounting for Endings to Mass Violence in Southeast Asia: Military, Civilian and International Models Compared"
  7 April 2014, Singapore

Talk organised in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Dr Claire Smith (University of York, UK) presented research to challenge the notion that liberal endings to mass violence have more success in establishing long-run stability and peace rather than outright military victories or mediated states created by political patronage networks and bargains. 

Collaborative Capacity in the Public Service of Tomorrow
 19 March 2014, Singapore

We hosted Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Collaborate for a presentation and roundtable discussion. He discussed the challenge for public services to go beyond short-term adaptation and crisis management to a realignment of the state around a fundamentally new social, economic and political context. To attend please follow the link.

Activate:Singapore 2014
 16-17 January 2014, Singapore

Activate is a high-profile global platform organised by The Guardian featuring discussions on transformational changes in the ways we do business and shape the world’s future. The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence was a partner of the inaugural South-east Asian event in Singapore, which included a competition for young start-up companies (Tech Talent Day) and the Activate Summit at which senior UNDP representatives spoke.

Visit of a high-level delegation from Iraq
 16-18 December 2013, Singapore
A delegation of senior Iraqi government officials from various Ministries, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Council of Ministers visited the Global Centre for a three day programme of interactions and exposure. It was facilitated in collaboration with the Singapore Civil Service College. The mission included Malaysia and Singapore and was sponsored by the Iraq Public Sector Modernisation Programme. To feature a third reform experience from the region, Global Centre secured the participation of a speaker from New Zealand State Services Commission.

Consultation on the Co-Design of Public Policy and Services
 1-3 December 2013, Singapore
Government decision-makers, UNDP colleagues and leading thinker-practitioners of the design-thinking and social innovation sphere explored whether and how these approaches can benefit public service innovation ecosystems. Delegates came from countries which hosted Public Service Innovation Labs as well as countries that are exploring or already applying design thinking in the public service (e.g. Australia, the Netherlands, and Singapore). Two discussion papers which explore how to best leverage co-design in the Public Service informed the discussions. They can be accessed here.

Social Innovation Camp Asia 2013, Regional Summit 
28 November till 1 December 2013, Singapore
The final event of the UNDP supported series of Social Innovation Camps accross Asia (see link below) brought together the winning teams for a regional summit in Singapore. Mentors and potential sponsors/ investors gave their feedback and support to refine their pitches and prototypes.

Public Service Innovation Labs 
September to November 2013, Southeast Asia
Governments around the globe are reaching out to citizens and the private sector to co-create and collaborate thereby fostering innovation within the public service. The Centre has partnered with Social Innovation Camp Asia to generate innovations at 8 camps across Southeast Asia: Bangkok, Cebu, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, and Singapore. Each event will provide a platform for various stakeholders, designers, programmers and citizens at large to re:think and re:create public services. 

Developmental Leadership 
21 October 2013, Singapore
The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence hosted leading academics and top officials for a rich exchange of views and experience with the Developmental Leadership Program – one of the world’s leading research programmes looking into governance challenges in international development.

Young Researcher Series 
15 August 2013, Singapore
The Centre launched its new Young Researcher Series, featuring a presentation on Indonesia’s certification system which is meant to spread sustainability principles in highly contested palm oil sector. The young researchers featured in this first event are studying policy options for the development of sustainable palm oil as part of their Masters at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in partnership with UNDP Indonesia. NUS Professors, GCPSE staff as well as PhD and Masters students attended the event, challenging the findings and engaging in an insightful discussion.

Visit of the UN Deputy Secretary-General 
2 May 2013, Singapore
Mr. Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, visited the Centre on the occasion of his visit to Singapore. In an interaction with key stakeholders and partners he congratulated the Government and UNDP on the establishment of the Centre and echoed the need for public service to adjust with 21st century challenges and rapidly changing realities.

Briefing on the 2013 Human Development Report 
19 April 2013, Singapore
The Lee Kuan Yew School and the Centre organised a briefing on the 2013 Human Development Report, drawing attention to the key message of the report "The Rise of the South". The event was attended by a primarily academic audience, embassy staff, and colleagues from Singapore-based think tanks and consultancies. Participants were particularly interested in the methodology for measuring inequality and the human development index, as well as the role of government and leadership in achieving human development results.

1st Public Service Dialogue 
5 March 2013, Singapore
A diverse group of eminent experts, practitioners and academics from Chile, China, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Rwanda and Singapore gathered to discuss global trends, challenges and opportunities that will guide the thrust areas of the Centre’s work and strategy. This event was a first in a dialogue series which is meant to feel the pulse of the global trends and issues in the field.

 

 

 

Review of the Political-Bureaucratic Leadership Interface
  30 April 2014, Singapore

Dr Niheer Dasandi (Research Fellow, Developmental Leadership Programme) will present and discuss lessons from a review of the political-bureaucratic leadership interface in successful developmental states, such as Singapore. The DLP is one of the most innovative research programs in international development, funded by Australia and based at the University of Birmingham (UK).
Review of the Political-Bureaucratic Leadership Interface
  30 April 2014, Singapore

Dr Niheer Dasandi (Research Fellow, Developmental Leadership Programme) will present and discuss lessons from a review of the political-bureaucratic leadership interface in successful developmental states, such as Singapore. The DLP is one of the most innovative research programs in international development, funded by Australia and based at the University of Birmingham (UK).
Public Service Post-2015 (PSP-15): Public Service Leaders’ Congress "Restoring the Public Service Ethos"
   22 July 2014, Singapore

Building on the success of the Public Service Dialogue in 2013, PSP-2015 brought innovative public sector leaders together with influential thinker-practitioners to discuss the needs of public service in the post-MDG world. We sought to identify and promote policies and practices that improve the ability of the public sector to deliver in a complex, rapidly-changing world. This year our specific focus was on public service motivation and ethos.
Public Service Post-2015 (PSP-15): Public Service Leaders’ Congress "Restoring the Public Service Ethos"
   22 July 2014, Singapore

Building on the success of the Public Service Dialogue in 2013, PSP-2015 brought innovative public sector leaders together with influential thinker-practitioners to discuss the needs of public service in the post-MDG world. We sought to identify and promote policies and practices that improve the ability of the public sector to deliver in a complex, rapidly-changing world. This year our specific focus was on public service motivation and ethos.

Tonga foresightXchange
   19 August 2014, Nuku'alofa / Tonga
At the invitation of the Tongan Government, the Centre organised theforesightXchange, a public workshop that prototyped a customised participatory foresight tool with participants representing a cross-section of Tongan society. The initiative comes as Tonga is preparing the next iteration of its three year Strategic Development Framework (2015-2017).

 
Preparatory Mission - Mauritius foresightXchange
   14-17 September, Port Louis / Mauritius
In close collaboration with the Government of MauritiusUNDP Mauritius and the Centre are preparing the Mauritius foresightXchange for late 2015. The event will support the Government's vision of building an Innovative Civil Service by exploring foresight approaches for strategic planning and policy development.
Panel Discussion: International Anti-Corruption Day
   9 December 2015, Singapore
The UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) organised a Anti-Corruption Day commemoration and panel discussion, titled "Collective Action against Corruption in the Context of the new SDGs: What Role of Business, Youth and Anti-Corruption Agencies Could Play? The event was hosted in partnership with with the ASEAN CSR Network and Global Compact Network Singapore.
High-Level Study Visit - Pacific Pacific Island States and Timor-Leste
   8 February 2017, Singapore
"Preparing Public Administration in Big Ocean States for a New Era of Uncertainty" was the theme for this roundtable discussion with senior leaders from the Pacific and Timor-Leste. The purpose of the visit was to consider ways of improving public administration in the Pacific in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. If formed part of a study visit programme arranged by the Singapore Government.We had the honor of hosting a Head of State (the President of Nauru, three Prime Ministers (Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga), Ministers from the Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu as well as important officials, such as the Chairman of the Niue Public Service Commission and the Permanent Secretary of Civil Service in Fiji also attended. Accompanying these senior leaders were the heads of three International Organisations (Pacific Islands Development Forum, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Pacific Community). A photo album is available here.