Training & Extension
Training on Managing Change for Innovation for the Officials of Economic Relations Division (ERD) under Ministry of Finance GoB:

The South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance(SIPG) has conducted a training program for the officials of Economic Relations Division (ERD) which is called: Managing Change for Innovation in collaboration with the Economic Relations Division under Ministry of Finance of the Government of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. This training program is specially designed to equip the ERD officials with up to date skills and knowledge on Innovation and Change Management to manage the forthcoming challenges after elevating to the middle-income country from lower-income country. The uniqueness of this training program is to identify a problem within ERD and application of learned knowledge to solve the problem in an innovative way.

This short training programme has been designed to enable officials of ERD to (1) understand how innovative changes can be introduced within the organisation, so that ERD can respond to a changing global and national environment, and to (2) build the capacity of the officials in ERD to be responsive to the needs of its clientele. In this programme, the officials would be required to identify possible areas within ERD where innovative changes can be introduced. In order to sustain the experiential learning of this programme, the participants would be allowed a certain period of time after the training event to implement the identified innovative changes within ERD .

The training program arranged in two different phases. The Phase I was a two day long training program for 35 officials and Phase II was a three day long training program for 75 officials from ERD.

Change Management Training Program:

The Department of General and Continuing Education (GCE) has launched a training project under UNDP’s Civil Service Change Management Programme which is called: Change Management Training in collaboration with the Ministry of Establishment of the Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh. This training program is specially designed to develop a core group in the civil service who will be responsible for implementing change processes in selected areas to ensure pro-poor service delivery and to provide knowledge-based leadership in civil service.

The Civil Service Change Management Programme (CSCMP) is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the UNDP with the aim to provide 'a toolbox or roadmap' for civil service reform in Bangladesh. This public administration reform program aims at supporting the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in undertaking strategic, doable and high-leverage initiatives. The Programme is part of a longer ‘tradition’ of public administration reform in Bangladesh (in fact, the reform of the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) has been on the political agenda since Independence in 1971). The long list of both indigenous and donor-driven reform efforts has significantly influenced the conceptualization and formulation of the Programme. CSCMP does not intend to design, develop and implement wholesale public administration reform. Instead, its main aim is to put the BCS on the road to change, in line with the essentially incremental and unpredictable nature of change. The Programme devotes ample attention to implementation, more specifically, to the management of the changes.

The Programme tries to realize this output through strategic interventions in carefully selected reform areas, in order to create maximum leverage for further reform activities:

  • Component A: Change Management, Human Resources, and Performance Management
  • Component B: Capacity Development and Transformation of some selected government institutions
  • Component C: Ethics and Integrity in the civil service

The change management strategy for CSCMP will incorporate the lessons taught by system and complexity theory and take a flexible and entrepreneurial approach to change at BCS. It will resist the temptation of planned and controlled change, and focus instead upon assisting the BCS in setting up conductive conditions for change to emerge, evolve and consolidate, with an emphasis on the development of the capacity of the organization to learn, adapt and change. Additionally, CSCMP will encourage, stimulate and facilitate building relationships with other actors in the system, while at the same time encourage those actors to become engaged in the change process at the BCS.

Objectives of the Course
General

To create a corps of skilled, proactive and well-groomed civil servants committed to working as a change agent in the Bangladesh Civil Service.

Specific

End of the program the participants would be able to:

  • understand the concept and dynamics of change
  • gain a pragmatic approach to manage change and its impact
  • assess the impact of change on the organization and the wider environment
  • identify the directions for change and develop the capacity for change in Bangladesh Civil Service
  • understand the importance of customer-focused public service delivery from the perspective of change management
  • acquire the skills to design effective change implementation roadmap and strategies
Executive Certificate Course (ECC) on Governance and Development:

MPPG Program launched 'Change Management Training' under UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Establishment during 2009-2010. After successfully completing the training course, the MPPG Program was highly appreciated by both the donor and the Government of Bangladesh for such well organized and quality training. Inspired by the previous experience and considering the market demand, MPPG Program organizes a certificate course on 'Governance and Development' for the professionals both for government and NGO sectors. The expected target groups of the certificate course are professionals working in the public sector, NGOs, development partners, and non-profit sectors, research organization, postgraduate students of universities and also defense personnel. The duration of the course is 7 weeks comprising a total of 18 modules and in each module, both theoretical and practical aspects will be taught by academicians and practitioners. The course is conducted by renowned scholars and faculty members from both national and international universities, research organizations and senior civil servants of Bangladesh along with ex-advisers of Care Taker Government as well as higher officials of different UN organizations and other international agencies.

At the end of the course the participants are expected to:

  • develop the conceptual understanding to critically assess and understand the development dynamics and policy paradigms of Bangladesh;
  • examine the governance and developmental challenges and assess/explore the coping all strategies to such challenges;
  • assess and synchronize the institutional policy and strategic framework of respective institution to the broader/macro level policy priorities, environment and priorities, and challenges /dynamics;
  • develop a change management strategy for their respective organizations; and
  • write a policy brief and strategic action plan

An advertisement for the executive certificate course is given in the daily newspaper and website. The MPPG Program successfully completed the 1st batch of ECC from March to May 2013 and expected date of commencement of the second batch will be announced soon.

Training on Governance and Leadership in Higher Education to UGC Nepal

Public Policy and Governance Program of North South University arrange three-day long training program for the University Grants Commission, Nepal. The training program conducted by renowned faculty members from Public and Private universities and public institutions along with ex-member of University Grant Commission of Bangladesh. The participants from UGC Nepal visited University Grants Commission, Bangladesh and the University of Dhaka to exchange their views and understanding with the faculties and officials. During this discussion, the participants also came to learn about the process of ensuring governance in the higher education