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Workgroup Meeting & GINI-NIBR Video Conference


March 4, 2010

 

Subject:  Workgroup Meeting at GINI and Third Video Conference of

              Chairpersons/Members GEN Program Sub-committees and

              Focal Persons NIBR

 

Venue:   GINI Office and followed by a Vid-Con Hall, HEC, Islamabad

Date:      4th March, 2010

Time:      1615 - 1730 hrs

 

Agenda:

 

   A working paper (copy attached) covering following agenda points was reviewed during the meeting/video conference:

  1. Concept note containing suggested framework, methodology, timelines  for the development of governance programs prepared in the light of deliberations of Experts Consultative Workshop held on 15th December, 2009 and stakeholders’ views/input (Annex-I).

  2. Potential partner institutions for development/piloting of governance programs (Annex-II).

  3. Revised draft Work Plan-2010 (Annex-III).

  4. Selection of research themes for 2010 (Annex-IV).

  5. Selection of Annual Conference theme for 2010 (Annex-V).

  6. Phase-II Expansion of GEN– (Annex-VI).

  7. Reorganization of program sub-committees (Annex-VII)

Following members attended the meeting:

 

National:

  1. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, Director Institute of Administrative Sciences & Chair National Committee on Public Administration Curriculum, Punjab University Lahore- Chairperson Governance Curriculums Sub Committee

  2. Prof. Saeed Shafqat, Director Centre for Public Policy & Governance (CPPG) FC College University, Lahore& Chairperson Annual Conference Sub-committee

  3. Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Dean Executive Development Institute, NSPP & Chairperson Executive Education Sub-committee

  4. Dr. Khalida Ghaus, Managing Director SPDC, Karachi & Chairperson Research Sub-committee

  5. Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Director Institute of Public Policy (IPP), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

  6. Prof. Dr. Akhtar Baloch, Chairman Department of Public Administration University of Karachi

  7. Maj Gen (R) Syed Usman Shah, Chairperson Governance Department NUML, Islamabad

  8. Associate Prof Najaf Yawar Khan, Director& Chairperson, Management Studies Department, G. C. University, Lahore

  9. Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Advisor GINI

  10. Brig (R) Muhammad Saleem, Consultant GINI

  11. Mr. Mohammad Nasim Raja, Secretary GINI

  12. Mr. Usama Bakhtiar, Research Manager, GINI

Norwegian:

  1. Dr. Arne Tesli, Senior Researcher NIBR, Oslo-Norway

  2. Dr. Trine Myrvold, Research Director NIBR, Oslo-Norway

  3. Dr. Jon Naustdalslid, Senior Researcher NIBR, Oslo-Norway

    While welcoming the participants, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Advisor GINI provided an overview of the policy framework for development of governance programs. He explained the following:-

  1. Developing new programs in Public Policy at MS and BS levels was not going to be as simple as implied in the document. These must be decided by the universities who would take the responsibility for implementation and they would be duly assisted by the network. For this purpose detailed TOR’s will be developed as a draft for consideration of the steering committee.

  2. Institutions’ capacity need to be assessed based on the baseline research findings of last year.

  3. Strengthening governance contents at intermediate and bachelor’s levels was high leverage in terms of impact on society, but the sheer number of colleges and difficulties in working with the government boards were key challenges. The current contents of Civics and Pakistan Studies needed improvement as they were mostly chronological narratives. At best they imparted knowledge not skills.

  4. It may not be realistic to plan for piloting of governance programs in fall 2010 as lot of work is involved in development of detailed curriculums, texts and supporting faculty capacity building. However, it may be possible to jump start some available executive education programs through procurement as approved by the program executive education sub-committee.

   Brig. Muhammad Saleem, Consultant GINI gave a brief overview of the agenda points and stakeholders views/input in this regard. He explained that the purpose of the meeting was to review/finalize the conceptual framework for development of governance & executive education programs, research themes, topics for annual conference 2010, expansion of network and structural arrangements of the program with a view to completing the planning process for program activities to be undertaken during 2010 as soon as the program’s first year evaluation is completed by the Norwegian authorities.

 

   Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Director CPPG, FC College University while appreciating the GINI program in providing a very useful platform for the governance stakeholders, explained the following points

  1. The academic contents of annual conference should receive due attention in 2010.

  2. Participation of organizations from NWFP and Balochistan in annual conference-2009 was encouraging which needs to be built upon in future expansion of the network.

  3. Topics for annual conference-2010 should be finalized on priority for ensuring timely actions in this regard.

  4. Introduction of governance course at intermediate/BA level is not advisable.

  5. FC College University is interested in introducing 2 years’ masters program in public policy. It has already started 1 year masters in executive education and public finance program of 3 days duration being attended by government officials of BS 14-18.

  6. CPPG has suggested new research themes which may be considered for 2010.

    Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Dean Executive Development Institute, NSPP explained the following points:-

  1. Application of knowledge needs to be focused in institutions and capacity gaps should be filled through practical exposures.

  2. Pakistan specific case studies are badly needed. NSSP has made good progress in this regard and so far has developed 10-12 case studies. The recent one is on transport.

  3. NSSP has been authorized to award degree of masters in public service management.

  4. GEN contributions in revision of existing courses/programs of executive education in NSSP would be welcomed.

       Dr. Khalida Ghaus, Managing Director SPDC, Karachi said that evaluation of last years activities was essential to ensure proper continuity. She also highlighted that in addition to already published proceedings of annual conference-2009, it is essential to publish the conference book containing all papers presented during the conference and necessary guidelines for writing of papers by the concerned speakers need to be issued to ensure high quality of the book.

(Brig ® Muhammad Saleem explained that all speakers were requested in end December, 2009 to forward their detailed papers by mid Feb, 2010 and so far only Prof Tom Christensen, University of Oslo had forwarded his paper. On receipt of papers from others, these would be reviewed by the annual conference committee for ensuring proper formatting/quality before publication.)

     Dr. Khalida Ghaus emphasized the critical importance of governance courses at the intermediate and BA level. She stated that it was not possible to build a building without a foundation. If the students has no introduction whatsoever at the intermediate level in Governance, where would they begin at BA and MA level? She also suggested that HEC had organized number of conferences at the provincial level in last 8 years which could be taken as basis for further work by the network.

(Mr. Iftikhar Ahmed mentioned that it would be more practical to adopt a top-down approach through the provincial government rather than directly involving the committees and boards who lacked both capacity and clout in approving curriculum development decisions for colleges.)

    Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Director Institute of Public Policy, BNU stated that their earlier work on governance indicators should be taken forward by instituting regular monitoring. She observed that this requirement had not been included in the concept note circulated by GINI for stakeholders input.

 

    Associate Prof Najaf Yawar Khan, Director& Chairperson, Management Studies Department, G. C. University opined that the nomenclature of the third book: Governance and Public Policy in Pakistan mentioned in the concept note may be amended as Public Policy and Management. He also remarked that higher secondary school system was collapsing and students with resources were opting for A Levels which needed to be looked into for finding parallels with the proposed governance curriculum.

 

    Maj. Gen ® Syed Usman Shah, Chairperson Governance Department NUML explained the disparity among governance programs being administered in universities at the Masters and Bachelors levels in terms of the number of subjects, content focus, duration of studies etc. Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon, Director Institute of Administrative Sciences, Punjab University responded that HEC was shaping up to become a regulatory body through control of funding and these disparities would eventually be harmonized through their central policies.

 

Decisions:

    Following decisions were taken during the conference

  1. Agenda Item-I: Conceptual framework for development of governance programs provided at Annex-I of the working paper was approved in principle. GINI would develop detailed TOR for development of these courses in consultation with the partner institutions listed at Annex-II of the working paper within 3 weeks and share these with all members of the network to ascertain their views before final approval.

  2. Agenda Item-II: Subject to the approved TOR’s and agreed division of labor, new program in Public Policy at MS level may be developed by CPPG, FC College University in collaboration with NSPP. New program in Public Policy at BS level may be assigned to BNU.

  3. Agenda Item-III: The revised draft Work Plan-2010 at Annex-III will be finalized through a joint meeting of Curriculums Development, Executive Education, Research and Annual Conference sub-committees to be held on receipt of stakeholders input on TOR for development of governance programs, research themes and topics for annual conference-2010.

  4. Agenda Item-IV: Further views from all network members would be ascertained on the Research Themes for 2010 listed at Annex-IV before final approval by the Research Sub-committee. Further, it is pertinent to point out that the purpose of GEN as agreed at the inception through the project document is given below. The research themes and projects should ideally demonstrate that it will contribute to securing these overall objectives so that deliverables can be correctly categorized with outputs for contractual obligations.

     

    The Purpose of the Project is to create governance capacity in various spheres of governance covering universities, institutions, practitioners, researchers, NGOs, think tanks and the student body of Pakistan in order to:

    1. Comprehend the workings of Pakistani governance in theory and practice;

    2. Understand the relationship between institutions and culture;

    3. Grasp the historical background of the contemporary governance institutional framework and the deep-seated causes of historical and contemporary institutional malaise in post-colonial societies;

    4. Discuss implications for pro-poor, gender responsive governance to promote informed and effective institutional restructuring in post-colonial societies;

    5. Develop skills and strategies to manage transformative processes and institutional restructuring to create inclusive and accountable institutions, as well as cohesive societies, that can produce politically owned institutional revival.
       

  5. Agenda Item-V:  Participants of the meeting supported Theme of “Accountability, Transparency & Governance” for annual conference-2010. However it was decided to get further views of stakeholders before final decision in this regard.

  6. Agenda Item-VI:  It was decided to defer GEN Expansion during Phase-II till decision on total budget for 2010 by the Norwegian partners.

  7. Agenda Item-VI:  The term of the committees was decided to be two years to provide for continuity and institutionalization therefore the existing Program Steering Committee and sub-Committees would continue till December, 2010. In view of overlapping functions of Curriculums Development and TNA sub-committees these would be merged for certain meetings and for such meetings be re-designated as Curriculums Development and Faculty Capacity Building sub-committees. GINI will revise the existing TOR and provide drafts of program committees for approval to bring these in line with their functions during 2010.

Video-Conference at HEC

    The Work Group meeting was followed by a video conference with NIBR. Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Advisor GINI briefed the NIBR officials about the work group deliberations on the agenda points and decisions taken. Following arrangements related Norwegian collaboration were agreed to:

  1. Norwegian input on TOR for development of governance/executive education programs being framed by GINI, research themes, annual conference topics will be ascertained before finalization of work plan-2010.

  2. Norwegian collaboration for various activities would be regulated through discussions/dialogue for which short visits to Norway and workshops in Pakistan would be arranged.

  3. Selected members of research teams for 2010 would be included in the planned visit of curriculums development team to Norway during 2010.

  4. An integrated approach involving NIBR and University of Oslo for research during 2010 would be adopted. Thus, a regular contribution rather than just a review process would be approximated as far as possible given the constraints.

  5. Research themes will be selected based on their relevance for the curriculums development and annual conference-2010 with regard to the overall objectives stated in Para iv. of the decisions section above.

  6. NIBR would examine possibility of encouraging/sponsoring Pakistan specific research by students in University of Oslo and other Norwegian universities and provide a report in this regard. A short visit by Chairperson Research Sub-committee and officials of GINI to Norway could be planned to facilitate this process.

Video
Conferences

1st Vid-Con - June 19,
2009
                   (Pictures)

2nd Vid-Con - Nov 04,
2009
                   (Pictures)

Workgroup Meeting and 3rd Vid-Con - Mar 4, 2010
                       Agenda
                   (Pictures)