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.