11th Ukraine Breakfast Debate: “Civil Service Reform in Ukraine: How to Change the Rules of the Game?”

A holistic reform of the civil service culture is one of the most important and pressing tasks that Ukraine is facing at the moment. A renewed and independent civil service serves as crucial under­lying basis for a successful and sustainable overall reform process in Ukraine. By estab­lishing new struc­tures of civil services, recruitment for civil servants and trans­parency measures, the goal of the reform is the moderni­sation of gover­nance aligning with OECD and EU principles of public admin­is­tration. What does the public admin­is­tration reform include? Where are the main challenges and problems? How can the civil service reform help the fight against corruption and support trans­parency and account­ability in Ukraine? How can the reform changes be made visible for the public? And how can a large-scale survey help to improve civil service in Ukraine?

These questions among others were addressed during our eleventh Ukraine Breakfast Debate devoted to the topic “Civil Service Reform in Ukraine: How to Change the Rules of the Game?”. The discussion took place on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 to discuss together with our experts Dr. Violeta Moskalu, Civil Service Feedback Loop Executive Team Leader at the Profes­sional Government Associ­ation of Ukraine (PGA) and Artem Shaipov, Head of the PGA Board, who presented the first results of the ”Civil Service Feedback Loop Initiative” (CSFLI). The CSFLI is a joint initiative by the PGA, the Center on Democracy, Devel­opment and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Kyiv School of Economics and the Secre­tariat of the Cabinet of Ministers which aims at assessing the progress in the civil service reform process and identi­fying new impulses for the future of Ukraine’s civil service. Furthermore, an overview over the political contexts of the reform will be provided by Tetyana Kovtun, Deputy State Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and Olesia Ogryzko, Project Manager on Public Admin­is­tration Reform at the Reform Delivery Office at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, who joined our debate via Skype.

The event was organised within the framework of our project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) which aims at promoting profes­sional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and trans­ferring knowledge about devel­op­ments in Ukraine to Germany. PAIC is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tanks devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

This event in particular was organised in close cooper­ation with the Profes­sional Government Associ­ation of Ukraine (PGA, Kyiv).

A full report will follow shortly.