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Collaborative Capacity in the Public Service of Tomorrow [Presentation & Roundtable Discussion]

Start date: 
Wed, 2014-03-19
End date: 
Wed, 2014-03-19
UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Block A #08-01, Singapore 119620

Collaborative Capacity in the Public Service of Tomorrow:
What Should Developed and Developing Countries Learn from Each Other?

Dr Henry Kippin, Director, Collaborate (London, UK) 

The thinking and practice of public service reform is at a critical juncture, but the challenge is to go beyond short-term adaptation and crisis management to a realignment of the state around a fundamentally new social, economic and political context.  To meet social goals by doing new things at low cost and meaningful scale, public leaders must collaborate across traditional sector boundaries and institutional barriers.  This seminar will discuss:

  1. Where, how and why this is happening, drawing on examples from the UK and elsewhere;
  2. The barriers and enablers to make these (social) innovations ‘stick’, and implications for public leaders; and
  3. What the developed and developing worlds can teach each other about the potential of collaboration to transform public services and meet our future social goals.


Dr Henry Kippin is the director of Collaborate – a community interest company at South Bank University, London – which was set up as a place for creative thinking, policy development and practical action.  Henry has a background in developing innovative public service policy and practice, and has written and consulted widely in UK and international public policy.  He was previously a partner at the RSA 2020 Public Services Hub, an advisor to Accenture’s Public Services for the Future programme, and is a visiting research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London.  His most recent book is ‘Public Services: a new reform agenda’, published in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press.

Between 2008-2010 he was manager of the influential cross-party Commission on 2020 Public Services.  Before this he worked as head of research for international development consultancy AfDevInfo, and has worked in various policy and research roles including at the Social Market Foundation, the Lisbon Council, the Political Economy Research Centre and the South Yorkshire Key Fund for the Social Economy.  He has lectured in politics and development studies at the University of Sheffield, and presented his research to a wide range of audiences across the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.  He has an MA and PhD from the University of Sheffield.

Henry has led independent research and policy development for a wide range of organisations including the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the UN University and the European Centre for Government Transformation, and has written for a diverse range of media publications including the Guardian, World Politics Review, New Statesman and the Review of African Political Economy.  He has acted as a strategic advisor on a recent independent government review, an international presidential campaign and for an international foreign affairs ministry.

The event is scheduled for 2 - 4:30 PM on 19 March 2014.

To register, please write to registry.sg@undp.org



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