Older study tours
Over the past years, AGORA CE organized several study tours for delegations from different transitional countries. Starting in 2005 with a study tour of Albanian mayors and civil servants at the request of the Open Society Fund Prague; followed a study tour for a delegation of Serbian mayors and representatives of NGOs in 2006 (again supported by OSF Prague) and a study visit of representatives from Albania (council members from the city of Elbasan, fully paid by the city). In 2007 a study tour for a delegation from Bosnia and Hercegovina (supported by OSF Prague) was successfully organized.
Finally, in 2008 Agora started to organize study tours dealing with issues other than citizen participation and the public administration system in the Czech Republic. The total of 5 study tours was carried out in 2008, of which 2 were for the UNDP.
Enhancing institutional capacity in economic transformation policy-making process in Ukraine: Knowledge transfer from the Czech Republic to Ukraine
April 2008; UNDP
The overall objective of this Study Tour was to provide an opportunity for representatives of national authorities of Ukraine to learn experience of Czech Republic during the economic transformation and first years of its EU membership. All lecturers were top specialists in their given subject (Charles University of Prague, Institute of Economic Studies, Ministry of Finance) augmented by successful business representatives (Škoda-Auto Mladá Boleslav).
The intended outcome of the Study Tour was to equip the participants to make a solid and substantial contribution to the development agenda of Ukraine. As the project will be implemented in close interaction with Czech experts, it will result in dissemination of best practices, raising awareness and capacity of policy-makers and civil servants. The feedback received in the course of the project will be used for future UNDP work in the regions and globally.
Study tour of Armenian experts to the Czech Republic on Vocational education best practices and active labor market policy in the Czech Republic
October 2008; UNDP
The objective of one week study tour was to learn on vocational education best practices and active labor market policy in Czech Republic to be able to replicate them back to Armenia taking into account national peculiarities.
The study tour was aimed at providing examples of best practices in cooperation of vocational schools with the labor market. This was arranged in co-operation with experts from the National Institute of Technical and Vocational Education (NUOV), other relevant ministries (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), with meetings/visits and discussions with experienced personnel from specific vocational neighbourhood/successful VET institutions which implement Active Labor Market policy projects.
The remaining 3 study tours in 2008 were organized for representatives of municipalities and regions from Albania (public finances, budgeting, collection of local taxes, system of taxes in the Czech Republic etc. – September 2008), for groups of representatives from various levels of public administration in Armenia (anti-corruption policies of CR, capacity building of public institutions in Armenia – November 2008) and representatives of local governments in Ukraine (Lugansk region – citizens participation, communication with citizens, information centers for citizens).
In 2009 Agora organized 3 study tours, 2 of them again for UNDP - Study tour on “Enhancing institutional capacities in policy-making processes in Ukraine (at national and local levels)” and “Capacity Building of State Institutions to effectively develop and implement public policy in Uzbekistan”. The third study tour in 2009 was prepared for Association of Young Lawyers of Armenia on "Integration of European Values of the Anti-Corruption Sphere for Armenia: Practice of Visegrad Group Countries".
Capacity building of State Institutions to effectively develop and implement public policy in Uzbekistan
Capacity building in position and career-based systems can be provided by pre-service and in-service training and learning systems. Sometimes career-based systems seem to be associated with a stronger emphasis on pre-service training, but our initial survey tends to indicate a blurring between pre and in-service training. Pre-service training systems are usually associated with general or specific academic and higher secondary education learning, whereas in-service training is associated with training that is necessary for the individual to advance his/her career, sometimes compulsorily, in order to ensure knowledge management and competency development of the service. An often mentioned example of a pre-service training system is the French ENA, responsible for the capacity building of the highest echelons of French civil service.