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.



National schools of government: Building relationships and co-ordination

This chapter considers the institutional foundations of the schools of government and their relationship to government, as well as the means by which schools co-ordinate their activities with other government and non-governmental institutions. The chapter suggests that greater engagement is necessary to bridge the gap between curricula and practice. In particular, it examines the relationships of schools of government with the government and other institutional stakeholders. Finally, the chapter also looks into the internal governance and management of the schools and how this may influence their mandate, activities and capacity to respond to government priorities.


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