Conference on Public Policy and Governance in South Asia

Conference on

Public Policy and Governance in South Asia: Towards Justice and Prosperity

28-29 June 2018

Background and Rationale
The questions of social justice and prosperity, having commanded greater appeal to policy-makers and general population alike, have increasingly become central themes in national and sub-national policy-making and governance. Furthermore, the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 represents a global commitment in favour of these ideals. The goals, especially from SDG 7 to SDG 11, emphasize the need to develop strong, inclusive, and transformative economy and they make a call for concerted action by the governments and other actors alike. How will that work in practice? Are the business-as-usual governance systems and practices help address these calls for action? How should the governments be behaving in this regard? What new policies should be in place?

These are some of the questions that will be critical not only in the context of the SDGs but more generally as public institutions evolve out of the restrictive regimes of the past. While there have been important gains made in the “colonial” legacy carried on in the administrations in South Asia, the countries now face greater challenges as economies grow, governance complexities evolve and as intense social, economic and political transformations are under-way. The knowledge about this dynamics helps shape policies and steer the processes of change ongoing in the region.

Aim and objectives
With this in view, this conference is being organized by Nepal Administrative Staff College in partnership with research and development organizations in Nepal and South Asia. The conference for this year is the second of this kind—starting with 2017, the conference is being envisioned as an annual gathering of interested scholars, academics and practitioners in the field of public policy and governance in South Asia. The conference will provide a valuable platform to communicate new studies, exchange issues, ideas and experiences, and explore collaboration opportunities. 

The aim of this conference to bring together scholars, policy actors and political leaders of South Asia into deliberate and share experiences on public policy and governance in the region. 

• Provide forum to discuss and share practices as well as experiences of public policy and governance,
• Support to promote culture of evidence-based public policy making and identify issues and opportunities in public policy process in the region.
• Strengthen the synergy and networking of institutions working in public policy and governance.

Conference Theme: Towards Justice and Prosperity

Sub Theme
A. Social Justice and Inclusion
B. Public Sector Management
C. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
D. Addressing Poverty: Innovative Approaches

Conference Venue
Nepal Administrative Staff College, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal

Conference Secretariat

Nepal Administrative Staff College
Centre for Research and Development

Nepal Administrative Staff College (NASC)
Niti Foundation
Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) Nepal
Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS)
Institute of Public Enterprises (IPE), India
Think Tank Initiative/IDRC, India
BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Bangladesh
North South University (NSU), Bangladesh

Contact Person
Shailaja Upadhyaya
Training and Research Officer
Nepal Administrative Staff College

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:45 to Friday, June 29, 2018 - 16:45
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