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The IIAS and its entities are proud to announce that its immediate past President, Pan-suk Kim, has been appointed by Korean PresidentJae-in Moon  as a new Minister in the Ministry of Personnel Management ( “As a scholar specializing in personnel and administrative affairs, he has contributed to developing the nation’s public personnel system. He is strong in both theory and practical affairs,” presidential spokesman Soo-hyun Park said.

Pan suk Kim, a member of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences’ Council of Administration, served as President of IIAS, EGPA’s Umbrella organisation, between 2010 and 2013 and was a member of IASIA’s Board of Management for several years and served as a Vice Chairperson of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNCEPA).

We wish Pan-suk Kim the best in his new position and look forwards to strengthen the ties between our Member state of Korea and the Institute. 

See his inauguration


Forum international de l’OCDE-OIM-UNDESA sur les statistiques migratoires 15-16 janvier 2018, Paris

Appel à communications et sessions parallèles 

Forum international  sur les statistiques migratoires (IFMS-2018)

L’IFMS-2018 ivse à mobiliser l’expertise d’un large éventail de disciplines – telles que les statistiques, l’économie, la démographie, la sociologie, la science géospatiale et les technologies de l’information – qui peuvent contribuer à améliorer la compréhension globale du phénomène migratoire. Le Forum explorera des moyens novateurs de mesurer la mobilité de la population et générera des statistiques en temps opportun et vise à créer des synergies entre différents acteurs et perspectives, avec des représentants des pays d’origine, des pays “de transit” et de “pays hôte”. Le Forum fournira également une occasion unique aux décideurs d’entrer en contact direct avec les experts en données de migration et d’utiliser leur expertise pour alimenter les évaluations des politiques et identifier les meilleures options politiques.

Le Forum sera organisé autour des cinq thèmes suivants: (i) Mesure des migrations (concepts, définitions, désagrégation par statut migratoire, etc.), (ii) Innovation et synthèse des sources de données (nouvelles sources et approches de la collecte des données de migration, les besoins de données en temps réel, etc.), (iii) Comprendre la migration à travers les données (écart dans les statistiques de migration, les données pour répondre aux préoccupations politiques, etc., (iv) Coopération et gouvernance des données (p. Ex. Coordination des parties prenantes, partage / échange de données, etc.) , et (v) Renforcement des capacités (p. Ex. Stratégies visant à renforcer la capacité institutionnelle, l’alphabétisation des données, l’utilisation des statistiques, etc.).

Les sujets et applications spécifiques pourraient inclure, entre autres (i) la surveillance mondiale, régionale ou nationale des flux et des stocks de migration, (ii) l’identification des caractéristiques ou des comportements des migrants, (iii) l’analyse de l’opinion publique sur la migration, (iv) l’évaluation de l’impact économique et social des migrations et des envois de fonds vers les pays d’origine, de transit ou de destination, (iv) la mesure des résultats d’intégration et de bien-être des immigrants et de leurs enfants ou (v) la mesure des indicateurs ODD liés aux migrations et aux migrants et la contribution au Global Compact on Migration.

Echéance pour la submission: 30 Juin 2017
Contact : [email protected]

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An opportunity to contribute. Preparations for the 2017 edition of the World Public Sector Report 2017 (WPSR) are now underway. This call for contributions invites experts, scientists and researchers to contribute to the report highlighting issues, research findings or solutions. All contributions and briefs that meet the requirements of this call will be posted on the website of the 2017 WPSR, and their content will inform relevant chapters of the Report.

The report is called the World Public Sector Report, and it is published by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management  of UN DESA. they hope to publish the next edition in December 2017. The report will examine how governments, public institutions and public administration can foster integrated approaches to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The first part of the report will examine integration and its implications for the public sector through three complementary lenses: (1) horizontal integration; (2) vertical integration; and (3) engagement of all stakeholders.

The second part of the report will examine three issues more in depth: integrated approaches to international migrations; integrated approaches to health; and integration in post-conflict situations. These themes will be analysed through the lens of challenges and opportunities for public institutions, and address three dimensions of horizontal integration, vertical integration and civil society engagement.

All chapters will draw on national experiences.

Deadline for submissions is 30 August 2017

More information on :

UNDP Azerbaijan and the Academy of Public Administration of Azerbaijan are organizing an international conference on “Modern Civil Service: new paradigms, innovations and practices.” The conference will take place on June 05-06, 2017 in Fairmont Baku Hotel. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the current situation in the civil service and to enhance the exchange of experiences and best practices in civil service training.

The IIAS family is looking for an expert in civil service training to represent our organization at this conference.

The conference participants are expected to cover the topics on “Civil Service Training Institutions: strategies and practices”, “Improving the Quality of Public Service: Azerbaijan and international practice” and “Civil Service in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals”. The Conference will be divided into substantive sessions and working groups, providing the opportunity for the participants to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and national experiences.

The selected candidate is expected to share his/her knowledge and experience and make a presentation on one of the above-mentioned topics. Please be kindly informed that the United Nations Development Programme Project will cover all costs including accommodation, meal and travel costs.

Should you like to be a candidate and represent the IIAS family at the conference, please send us your CV and a letter in which you express your interest and commitment for the aforementioned tasks. The CV and the letter of interest should be sent to Bardhyl Dobra ([email protected]) at the latest by Friday 2 June at 12 noon (Brussels time).

Please contact us for any further information or question.

Dr. Sofiane Sahraoui

IIAS Director-General

We are happy to announce that Dr. Sofiane Sahraoui was appointed as the new Director general of the IIAS during the Council of Administration meeting in February 2017. He took his office on May 2nd, succeeding Mr. Rolet Loretan who is retiring.

Mr. Loretan has held this position since November 2006 and the IIAS is grateful for his commitment during those past ten years at the head of the Permanent administrative services of the Institute and we wish him all the best in this new chapter in his life.

Dr Sahraoui is a well-known figure in the IIAS Family. A Franco-Tunisian national, he worked at the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) for many years. He participated to the foundation of the MENAPAR Network and is sitting at the Board of Management of our International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) as well as co-chair of its working group on “Public Policy and Decision-Making.” He was designated as General Rapporteur of the 2013 Congress of IIAS/IASIA and the 2017 IASIA/MENAPAR conference.


The Future of Local Government in Europe. Lessons from Research and Practice in 31 Countries

(Schwab/Bouckaert/Kuhlmann 2017, Nomos: Baden-Baden) has been published.

It is also available for free download here:

Over recent decades, local governments in Europe have come increasingly under pressure facing a multitude of old and new challenges. Consequently, a wave of political and administrative reforms aimed at coping with these pressures has changed local governance in many nations. Local governments are not only responsible for efficient administration, high-quality services and a legally correct execution of laws, but also for ensuring legitimacy, democratic participation, accountability and trust – often under the conditions of austerity. This volume presents research findings of an international project on local public sector reforms in 31 countries and derives advice for policymakers to shape the future of local governments in Europe. The authors address basic reform areas and key features of local governance like autonomy, performance and participation. The book targets academics, students and practitioners interested in (the future of) local government.

More about COST

In addition, EGPA Executive Secretary, Fabienne Maron, has interviewed Prof. Sabine Kuhlmann, Chair of the Action  during the COST closing session. She invites you to read the new publication on the future of Local Government in Europe and the lessons learned from this long-term project.

The Institute for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship is organising its conference in Belfast, UK, on 8/9 November. 

As the submission date for abstracts to ISBE 2017 is fast approaching, we would encourage all of you with an interest in joining the Conference at the Europa Hotel in Belfast to present your research under the broadly defined theme of ‘Public Sector Entrepreneurship; this is a new theme for 2017. 

The closing date for abstract submissions is 31st March 2017 and you will be notified of the outcome of the abstract review process by 30th April 2017 (with full papers required by 30th July 2017). Remember that you will benefit from the early bird registration discount if your full paper is received by this date. 

These are very challenging times for people either working in, or researching in this evolving field of enquiry, and my hope is that the theme will become a well-established part of the Annual ISBE programme. Public agencies face an accelerated pace of global uncertainty and the environments inhabited by practitioners and researchers are very challenging indeed. The escalation in complex ‘wicked’ problems demands ever more entrepreneurial approaches and in this theme, I hope that we can attract papers from those examining a wide range of public agencies, in particular in partnership with non-profit, voluntary/third sector, charitable and faith based organisations to deliver services. There is a huge agenda ahead on public entrepreneurship and I welcome papers dealing with any aspect of civic, social and public entrepreneurship’ research. Of particular interest will be papers dealing with conceptual/theoretical, methodological or empirical aspects of public entrepreneurship. Public organisations are relatively under–studied in entrepreneurship literature and we need to gather a body of evidence on innovation, creativity and enterprise practices.

If anyone would like to discuss their ideas prior to submitting an abstract, by all means contact Joyce Liddle from Aix-Marseille Université by email at [email protected] for an informal chat. She is looking forward to meeting you all in Belfast and making this theme a successful addition to the ISBE Annual Programme of events.

European Perspectives for Public Administration (EPPA) –  “The many Disciplines of Public Administration”

Seminar for  PhD students and early stage Post-Doctoral Researchers

14-15 September 2017 – University of Potsdam, Germany

If you want to improve the interdisciplinary field of PA, join us !

We invite early stage researchers (PhD students and PhD + 4 years) from disciplines such as Public Administration, Administrative Law, Public Policy, Economics, Public Management, Sociology and Political Science who are interested in the relationship of different disciplines to Public Administration, both as an academic field and as an object of teaching and research. We are interested in how different disciplines relate to PA, concerning main problems and characteristics, and possible future developments.

The Seminar is part of EPPA, the ‘European Perspectives for Public Administration’. More information:

Contact person :

To apply for contribution, please send your outline and CV to Jana Bertels ([email protected] ) and refer to “Contribution to EPPA Seminar -The many Disciplines of PA” in the subject line.

Deadline for application: April 16, 2017

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Ghent University is offering a full time post in the tenure track system/assistant professor in the field of European & international governance.

Ghent University is one of the most important education and research institutions in the Low Countries. On a daily basis, over 9,000 staff members and 41,000 students implement its motto “Dare to Think”. Ghent University’s mission statement is characterized by qualitative education, internationally renowned research and a pluralistic social responsibility.  As part of its further scientific development, Ghent University plans to recruit:

  • A full time post in the tenure track system/assistant professor, strongly research oriented
  • Discipline European & International Governance
  • Department of Public governance, management & finance (EB10)
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration


Expert in the field of ‘European & International Governance’

Last application date: Mar 27, 2017 23:59

Department: EB10 – Department of Public Governance, Management and Finance

Contract: Statutary

Occupancy rate: 100%

Vacancy Type: Autonomous academic staff

See the full job description and application procedure


For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Professor Frank Naert ([email protected]), +32 09/2432901) at the faculty of economics and business administration, department of public governance, management & finance.


17 Feb 2017

The IIAS/EGPA Has Moved !

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It’s a new chapter for the IIAS as on Tuesday February 21st, we have moved from our offices at rue Defacqz where the Institute and its entities (among them EGPA) had their headquarter for over 30 years. 

Our new address is :

6th Floor, C Block 

Rue du Commerce 96

BE-1040 Brussels

We look forward to greeting you at the Institute’s new home. 

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