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PICPA was set up as a long term locus for fostering the quality of administrative governance – the efficient and effective design and implementation of coherent public policy resulting in the improvement of the quality of the public administration throughout the region.

In establishing PICPA, the then Australian Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Bob Mc Mullan, said:

“To do some things on a regional level that we couldn’t do in some of the small countries because you wouldn’t get the volume of trainees to go through a centre like that. So we think this could turn out to be quite important long term contribution to better governance in the Pacific.”



The Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration (PICPA) is committed to building the professional capacity of public servants in the region at all levels. Our Centre is approaching this challenging task by offering relevant accredited and non-accredited trainings that embrace the region and the country’s demands and needs. That is our comparative advantage in the region as a result of our strategic location under the umbrella of The University of the South Pacific (USP). Our course and program facilitators are drawn from a pool of highly qualified academics from USP and other universities in the region and abroad. In essence, we also seek the assistance of local public servants who have served extensively in the public service of their own countries as resource people. Their wealth of experience is valuable to our training programs.



PICPA is partnering with the School of Management and Public Administration (SOMPA) in providing the following programs that are accredited to The University of the South Pacific (USP).  These programs are taught in a flexible mode in-country to enable the participants to learn on the job and to enjoy personal convenience.


Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management (GCPSM)

The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management (GCPSM) is currently on offer.  This program targets public officials who are in middle and senior management positions.  Its main aim is to offer those who do not have the academic background in public sector management the opportunity to learn about the unique features of the public sector and how to manage public organizations effectively.  The program also presents a good opportunity to participants to refresh and to update their skills and knowledge to the recent and current trends and practices in public sector management. Participants of the program will benefit from learning and researching in topics like governance in the public sector; public policy analysis; service delivery; human resource management; and national planning and development.



Our non-accredited programs complement our accredited qualifications in our effort to be flexible and effective in building the professional skills of public servants in the region. Non-accredited trainings are mainly offered in the form of workshops that are conducted in-country.  An essential component of these workshops requires proper application of workshop concepts to the workplace of the host country.


Public Policy Analysis

This 2-day workshop targets senior managers in the civil service who are mainly responsible for conducting public policy analysis and advice. The main aim is to refresh and to strengthen the skills and behaviors of policy analysts in order to adopt a systematic and flexible approach towards policy analysis by using rational and participatory policy analysis tools.


Public Policy Implementation and Evaluation

This practical training provides guidance to participants on how to implement policy effectively as well as conducting comprehensive policy evaluation that adds value to decision making.


Writing policy papers and policy briefs

The main focus of this workshop is to develop the skills of participants in writing and presenting the findings and recommendations of their policy analysis in a way that is easily understood by their clients. It’s about writing the policy problem and how it should be fixed clearly.


Ethics and professionalism in the Public Service

The workshop targets senior managers in the civil service who are mainly responsible for decision-making. The main aim is to refresh and to develop the skills and behaviors of managers in order to address ethical issues and dilemma effectively at the workplace. Managing change in the public service The workshop aims to improve the skills and knowledge of participants on how to manage large scale change in the public service. This is achieved by encouraging participants to build a change management framework that is relevant to their own environment.


Project Monitoring and Evaluation

PICPA in partnership with CLEAR, a World Bank agent are providing trainings in the region for senior public servants on how to conduct useful and comprehensive project evaluation.  This workshop focuses on a result-oriented framework that is proven useful for project evaluation.



Prof. Arvind Patel
Acting Coordinator
Pacific Islands Centre of Public Administration
Phone: (+679) 3232517
Email: arvind.patel(at)


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