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Bianor Cavalcanti, IASIA President, addressed the following speech during the openng ceremony of the 2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Joint Conference. Find the full text below. 

Your Excellency Mr President Mahmoud Abbas here represented by his Excellency Prime Minister Dr. Al-Hamdallah, Your Excellency Minister Abu Zaid, Dear Mr Piper- United Nations Assistant Secretary General, dear Mr. Alter- director of public governance at OECD, Professor Bouckaert- IIAS President, Doctor Benshams – MENAPAR President here represented by Doctor Sahraoui – IIAS-IASIA Director General and rapporteur general for the conference, Mr. Al Aker – Executive Manager of Palestinian Telecommunication company, Professor Ryan – IASIA rapporteur, and Professor Qarmout – MENAPAR rapporteur,

Compliments to authorities and participants,

It is my great honor to address to all of you some words of much contentment for being here, in Ramallah, to open the 2017 joint conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research Network (MENAPAR), conference organized in cooperation with the General Personnel Council.

The manifested interest and generous invitation of the Palestinian Government had warm reception by our former Board of Management as well as by the current IASIA renewed Board. So, IASIA was double convinced of being installed today exactly where it must be: the historical Palestine. We are here where people made it clear that they need and want us because they deeply share with us the values associated with the sustained improvement of government and public administration.

IASIA is the academic branch of the IIAS, but it does not refuse to itself the duties to face sensible themes such as the one that was chosen for this particular event:
“Public administration’s role in building and consolidating post-conflict states”.
We understand that sharing knowledge development and dissemination is an important tool to build peace and strengthen the state through the improvement of public administration. In this way, we may serve responsible leaderships, such as the one brilliantly exercised by HE President Mahmoud Abbas, his body of Ministers, such as the gentle host Minister Abu Zaid, and all the dedicated Palestine’s government officials.

We live in a complex world, which requires of us multi-focal prospective approaches to confronting new challenges with innovative knowledges, attitudes, behaviors and skills as well as to face the still unsolved problems of our here and now specific realities. We need to know how to deal with the new digital technologies of information and communication, social-economic indicators and evidence-based decision making, as well as to improve leadership capacity, alternative public service delivery systems, diversity inclusion and accommodation of many times distinct society interests.

The IASIA-MENAPAR Conference is the appropriate platform to promote the discussion of all these themes throughout its working groups, best practice sessions, parallel special sessions, and the much-expected Host Country Panel.
Certainly, the richness of this Conference as well as of some of IASIA very special programs and projects, is owed to very important partners, namely MENAPAR here represented by Sofiane Sahraoui, the OECD by Rolf Alter and the UN by Robert Piper. Organically tied to IIAS, I must also thank the invaluable contributions of the president Geert Bouckaert and of the general director Sofiane Sahraoui who is also playing the fundamental role of this Conference, the general rapporteur.
Special thanks go to the many participants who came from distant places; to all the speakers, contributors, organizers and promoters; and last, but not the least, to the brave Palestinian people who warmly host us.
We hope that the good energies emanating from this Holly Land allow us to complete this wonderful and inspiring journey with success.

Bianor Cavalcanti,
IASIA President

The Centre National de la Fonction Publique Territoriale (CNFPT) and the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) are organizing a seminar on “Territorial reforms and the training of local elected officials and local public servants in Europe” on 19 and 20 June in Strasbourg.

This seminar, on 19 and 20 June 2017, will focus on the following two themes:

  • “Territorial reforms in Europe: creating a barometer to monitor developments”;
  • “Training of territorial officials and local elected representatives in Europe: comparative analysis”.

It will host, principally, directors of schools and public service institutes as well as heads of university courses in public administration.

The preliminary program of this seminar consists of the following sequences:

  • a debate on an inventory of community levels and strata in Europe and the institutional reforms of horizontal and vertical simplifications undertaken since 2008, based on recent studies conducted. We will then draw the basis for a draft barometer of local institutional reforms in Europe;
  • the preliminary presentation of a comparative analysis carried out by the CNFPT with OLA and CEMR on the training schemes for local elected officials and local public servants in European countries;
  • an exchange of views on a draft “Charter of European Schools and Institutes for Public Administration Training on the Values, Principles and Responsibilities of Public Officials”, which would incorporate the principles and values ​​of the Council..

Look at the programme

Registration form

24 Jan 2017

2017 IASIA-MENAPAR Conference

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The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research Network (MENAPAR) in close collaboration with the General Personnel Council (GPC), are organizing the IASIA-MENAPAR 2017 Conference to be held from 3-7 July 2017 in Ramallah, Palestine.

You can find more information about the conference and how to submit your paper on

We look forward to reading them !

Honorable Vice Minister Zhang, Honorable Vice-President of the CAG Mr. Chen,

The IASIA Board of Management has just elected me for president of IASIA, which by essence is the academic branch of IIAS and a participative unit of its large and developing family, concerning the regional projections.

My thanks go to each one of the Board members and the institutions you represent for your trust.

I would also like to manifest how happy and grateful I am having the opportunity to deliver this short inaugural speech as IASIA president, here in Chengdu, China addressing our Honorable Hosts, Organizers and Participants of this historical and remarkable IIAS-IASIA 2016 joint Congress. Historical for being hold in an emblematic moment of China, well represented by Chengdu and which illustrates the best both, the rich heritage of a great civilization to the world and the special times of significant change and development that China is successfully going through.
Remarkable for sharing relevant knowledge on a crucial theme, which is well-illustrated by the recent efforts to moving forward economic, social and administrative reform in China.

I am profoundly conscious that IASIA presidency is a challenging position requiring responsiveness and accountability towards the IASIA Board and members. I will perform my functions giving my best, rigorously serving our noble institution’s statutory mission, objectives and rules. Your trust and expectations as well as your active collaboration, including your criticism, will be my best inspiration to serve our common contribution to PA education and practice all over the world. I would like to say sincerely that I have learned much from my previous IASIA experiences and interpersonal contacts but I must also confess that I have taken special lessons and advise from fantastic practitioners of institution building and organizational politics such as Allan Rosenbaum, Geert Bouckaert, Rolet Loretan and Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, all of them somewhat and in some way culpable for and guilty of my candidacy.
When I have communicated to the BOM, during our last meeting, my intention to make my name available to candidacy, I have also expressed my admiration for Michiel de Vries’s academic and managerial presidential contributions to IASIA. It is necessary to reiterate that I see my future endeavor, in many instances, although constrained by my own limitations, as an extension of de Vries outstanding work. Perhaps adopting a softer Carioca Brazilian style and without begging for breaks to go for a smoke.

My priorities will be:

  1. To explore the potential synergies among the IIAS, the IASIA and the Regional Groups of the IIAS;
  2. To improve our academic performance concerning the design and action of our conferences and working groups, as well as pushing, even more, publications;
  3. To grow institutional membership and strategic partnerships;
  4. To move forward our Accreditation capacities and results;
  5. To improve our commitment in terms of planning, monitoring, evaluating and financing our activities.

To do so I will count from now on our Board of Management’s active support, on the much dear Brussel’s Staff and on the direct collaboration of three functional Vice-presidents, very well known by their strong commitment with our institution, namely: PS Reddy for the Programme, Meredith Newman for Regional and International Cooperation, and Jurac Nemec for publications.
So, too much for a Closing Ceremony, certainly one of the most successful and exciting ever. Thank you for your trust.


The Registration to the 2016 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress is open! 

Information on how to register and the rates can be found via the following link under “Registration – Submission”.

The provisional programme is also online. 

The congress will bring together academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance.

Please feel free to consult the following  link : for further information on the various sessions that have been scheduled during the event:

  • The 6th Intercontinental Administrative Forum
  • The IASIA Awards Session
  • Policy Platforms respectively on Sustainable Development Goals: What Will It Take?; Sustainable Governance: Legal, Institutional and Organizational Arrangements and Capacity Building: experiences, Challenges and Prospects
  • The Braibant Lecture
  • Asian Development Bank Panel
  • BRICS Panel
  • United Nations Panel
  • ICAPA Panel – Accreditation and the Quest for Excellence in Public Administration Education and Training
  • OECD Panel
  • PhD session – How to Get Published
  • Sessions of presentation of papers received under the IIAS call for papers and the IASIA Call for papers

And many more!


The Congress will bring together academics and practitioners, PhD students and young researchers in public administration and management, as well as contributors from any other disciplines who will exchange on the following main theme Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance

Different types of Call for papers are proposed to you:

Call for papers – Workshop sessions prepared based on three subthemes:

  1. Strategic Visions and Priorities for Sustainable Governance;
  2. Building modern legal, institutional, and organizational governance systems;
  3. Building public service human and financial resources capacity.

Download the IIAS Subthemes Call for Papers

Call for papers of the nine IASIA working groups:

  1. Education and Training in Public Administration
  2. Public Sector Ethics & Culture
  3. Public Sector Reform
  4. Subnational Governance and Development
  5. Gender, Diversity and Equity,
  6. Public Sector Leadership & Governance,
  7. Public Policy, Public Decision-making and Policy Implementation
  8. Public Sector Human Resources Management
  9. International Dimensions of the Public Administration

Open call:

For authors who wish to submit an abstract or organize a session with a topic that they believe do not fit under a programmed session

Read more on the IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress Website

28 Jan 2015

Call for papers

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Call for papers are opened

Find more details here.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission extended deadline 15 February 2015.
  • Acceptation status: to be confirmed.
  • Submission of final paper: 15 April 2015
23 Jul 2014

2014 IASIA Annual Conference : Awards Session

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As is tradition, the Award session took place during the 2014 IASIA Annual Conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Prior to the closing ceremony, the OP Dwivedi, Pierre De Celles and Donald C. Stone Awards were presented to the happy winners by IASIA President, Michiel S. de Vries.

Award recipients:

OP Dwivedi Award (for significant contribution to public administration and to the advancement of public policy in the world): John-Mary Kauzya, Chief of Public Administration Capacity Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management -Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Pierre De Celes Award for the best paper presented at the 2013 IIAS-IASIA Joint Congress in Bahrain: Christina W. ANDREWS, Simone RESENDE and Wilson M. ALMEIDA (Brazil) for their paper: DELIVERING EDUCATION TO THE POOR: LESSONS FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN BRAZIL (accepted by Christina Andrews, on behalf of her co-authors).

Donald C. Stone Award (for a distinguished international scholar and/or practitioner for advancing the well-being of IASIA) : Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. You can read more about Prof. Reddy’s Award on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Newsletter.




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