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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.

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Future priorities and challenges for national schools of government

Schools of government are operating in a context of rapidly changing needs and expectations on the part of governments, citizens and civil servants themselves. The new and complex challenges faced by countries (e.g. climate change, migrant crisis, etc.) will necessitate a workforce with new and agile skill sets. This context has driven learning and development to the top of the human capital agenda in most countries and across sectors of the economy. This chapter looks to the issues of the future priorities and challenges that schools of government will be facing in the near term, such as the availability of adequate funding and human resources, the need for enhanced interaction with government institutions in order to ensure the continued relevance of curricula and the development of monitoring activities to demonstrate actual results and impact for the investments made by governments in learning and professional development.

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