Turkmenistan—Public Administration Capacity Building

Client: European Union

Duration: 2016-2021

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Turkmenistan

Solutions: Governance

Turkmenistan’s growth and economic development has been hampered by a shortage of well-educated and skilled officials to run the state bodies and to elaborate and implement new policies. To develop the necessary skills within Turkmenistan’s civil service to support civil servants crucial to delivering the governmental reforms underway throughout the country, the European Union-funded the Support to the Public Administration Capacity Building programme. DAI’s team supported the modernisation of the Turkmen Public Administration in line with European standards.

One of the key policies our team contributed to was the delivery of the main national framework and the public administration reform agenda outlined in the National Programme for Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan for 2011–2030. This policy outlines a path forward for Turkmenistan including diversification of the economy, increased competition, and further market and institutional reform.

In addition to working with the Academy of Civil Servants, our team also engaged the Institute for State and Law, the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights, Turkmen State University, the International University of Humanities, and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

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Sample Activities

  • Raise awareness of best European practices in public administration reform and professional training of civil servants.
  • Train members of the Academy of Civil Servants, including heads of local self-government and heads of departments in different ministries and training institutions, to improve their educational programmes and teaching, as well as their administrative policies and processes.
  • Partner with stakeholders to develop new curricula, materials, and train staff in different techniques to implement and embed a demand-driven approach.

Select Results

  • Developed a Master of Public Administration Programme for the Academy of Civil Service under the President of Turkmenistan.
  • Organised a series of workshops and consultations for professors and lecturers from the Academy of Civil Service and other Turkmen educational institutions to present the contents and the provisional structure of the MPA. Two rounds of training of trainers’ workshops with of36 participants were delivered. Four workshops on the master’s programme were conducted with 177 participants. Two working group meetings on the programme were held with 40 participants. One human resource management workshop was held with 27 participants.
  • Developed a concept for an e-library, approved by the Rector of the Academy, to allow access to facilitate professional training of civil servants.
  • Developed a website with detailed information about the activities of the technical assistance, and access to a learning management system for distance-learning purposes with relevant training materials for Turkmen civil servants, professors, lecturers, and students.
  • Launched the Young Professionals initiative to identify young, bright, well-educated professors outside of the Academy who possess experience in public administration, innovative ideas, and willingness to participate in the development of the programme.


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