Lima, Peru, 23-26 July 2018
Total Number of participants: 228
Number of Countries represented :44
Top 5 Countries :
1.South Africa 39
2. China 33
3. Brazil 17
4. Peru 13
5. United States 12
The 2018 Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Latin American Group for Public Administration (LAGPA) took place in Lima, Peru on 23-26 July. The conference was organized in close cooperation with the Autoridad Nacional del Servicio Civil (SERVIR) and the Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae (UCSS) under the leadership of Mr. Juan Carlos Cortes and Dr. Luis Solari, to whom IASIA and LAGPA are very grateful.
The conference brought together more than 220 academics, practitioners and PhD students from 40 countries to discuss the main conference topic Globalization, Territories and Integration as well as the numerous topics of our permanents working groups and panels.
The conference reflected a creative environment of analysis and propositions. The main achievement was the development of new ideas in policy making, management innovation and public administration teaching and research. Many ideas for solving old and new problems implied establishing an innovation culture in both administration institutes and public organizations.
Being a conference of administration schools, it seemed natural for academic topics to have prominence in discussions concerning public policy recommendations.
In all sessions, speakers talked about the relevance of national institutes and schools of administration in contributing to their nations’ social and economic development, especially by:
• Contributing with new pedagogical methods and innovative education modes such as distance learning;
• Supporting, encouraging and engaging in research and comparative analysis of key areas of public policy;
• Developing alternative organization and public agency models.
As to the problems and issues addressed, a wide range of topics caught participants’ attention, mostly relating to major challenges to the creation of new competencies and effective solutions.
In general, propositions involved building alternatives in management policy, structures and procedures from a perspective of innovation, effectiveness, social ethics and equity.
Participants in general emphasized common problems across the regions such as:
• Improving capacities at the local level. Public policies are usually well designed, but variation in their implementation creates challenges to local communities due to the varying level of resources available. Emphasis was placed on reinforcing mechanisms that can make policy implementation more effective, while respecting local conditions. In addition, local authorities’ increasing activism at a global level has a strong potential to establish both internal cohesion and global positioning.
• Strengthening decentralization. Assuming decentralization as a global trend and that conditions in local communities affect public policy outcomes, participants suggested sustainable capacity building at the local level, encompassing collaborative governance and community engagement with all governmental levels, as well as citizen empowerment.
• Reinforcing transparency, accountability and anti-corruption policies. With corruption and lack of transparency being recognized as global problems not limited to developing countries, recommendations were made in terms of reinforcing accountability, transparency and prevention mechanisms, as well as existing anti-corruption agencies. Public institutions should engage global citizens in fighting corruption through mobilization and participation
• Underlining social policies. Most sessions focused to some degree on social policy, addressing issues, such as: poverty, education, health, discrimination, underprivileged children, gender, housing, increased migration, and social equity. Participants stressed not only the need for investments, infrastructure, industry, sustainable transportation, and sustainable cities, but also more effective social attention by public agencies concerning social integration and institutional collaboration. As to transnational-dimension issues, recommendations included a more receptive, flexible and less bureaucratic response to migrants.
• Strengthening administrative capabilities. Building on perceptions of the state’s growing and differentiated role and the tendency of public-sector reform towards post-NPM solutions, participants presented novel proposals of public governance by integrating different public policies for better coordination. In addition, public organizations’ modern governance should include deeper and broader public policy analysis, monitoring and modeling. Performance evaluation should take on a prominent role. Also, special attention should be paid to public servants’ motivation to ensure that the public sector remains an attractive career choice.