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Policy Course 2013
Africa University and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
Deadline: 15 March 2013
10 - 28 June 2013
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A course for leaders
in civil society, public and private sectors. Organised by the Institute
of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at Africa University
in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
in public policy, governance and civil society is designed to provide
basic fundamentals of public policy analysis to practitioners working
in civil society organisations, public service and the private sector.
To face the challenges of the new millennium, Africa needs leaders
who can inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively;
transform mindsets; act with integrity; facilitate constructive
dialogue, think strategically; and formulate and implement public
policy with skill and resolve. Recognising that public policy is
best formed and implemented by informed leaders, the course seeks
to enhance these leadership skills. The emphasis of the course is
on how public policy maybe viewed as a governance tool essential
for political and institutional development.
is this course necessary?
there is inadequate attention to the problems and issues in policy
formulation, implementation and evaluation and strategies that constantly
challenge stakeholders to reach the 'analytical level'
in public policy making process. In that context, this course will
provide a conceptual understanding of the key issues and complexities
related to processes of public policy planning and analysis.
The course is designed
to empower emerging leaders in civil society, private and public
sector organisations in their roles as service providers, analysts
and policy makers. An understanding of the structures and mechanisms
of policy making will enhance the potential for civil society, public
and private sector actors to be involved in the decision making
processes and to view it with an informed analytical eye. Participants
in the course will examine processes of public policy formulation
and implementation from a public, private and civil society organisational
perspective. Content coverage will focus on facilitating the creation
of new knowledge and skills with a view to developing informed policy
for effective implementation by public, private and civil society
organisations. The course will also look at how civil society organisations
can effectively influence policy change strategies that take into
account policy making, organisational structures, political systems,
leadership and cultural dynamics of society. The course is designed
to integrate an understanding of theoretical concepts and their
practical application in public, private and non-governmental contexts.
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