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Public Policy Course 2013
Africa University and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Application Deadline: 15 March 2013

Course Dates: 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 (OSISA).

Course description

This course 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.

Why is this course necessary?

Quite often 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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