National Schools of Government

Building Civil Service Capacity

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National schools of government operate in a context of rapidly changing needs and expectations for governments, citizens and civil servants. Drawing on a 2014 survey, the report reviews how schools of government are adapting to address countries’ most pressing political and economic challenges. It analyses best practices, and includes recommendations on designing and implementing whole-of-government and organisation-specific civil service learning and development strategies. The report suggests ways to align learning programmes with the priorities of national governments, to enhance innovative techniques in the delivery and content of learning, and to ensure their stable and adequate funding.



Encouraging and supporting civil service learning and skills development

This chapter focuses on the role and responsibilities of schools of government in encouraging and supporting civil service learning and skills development. Developing professionalism in the public service and training and keeping public sector leaders abreast of the competencies that are required for the continuously changing situations and demands is instrumental for achieving national development agendas. In particular, the chapter reviews the ways in which schools determine and respond to the learning needs of civil servants.


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