Around Public Administration

Here are news and announcements from around the profession. Use the list of Bridge editions below to view more news from around the profession.

  • SICA Announces Annual Awards Call for Nominations
    ASPA's Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) is seeking nominations for its 2022 Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration, David Gould Scholarship and Col Leadership Award. Awards will be announced in January 2022 and offered at the 2022 SICA business meeting during ASPA's 2022 Annual Conference.

    The Fred Riggs Award was established by SICA in 1985 to recognize scholars who made significant and widely recognized contributions to the conceptual, theoretical and/or operational progress in the fields of international, comparative and/or development administration. This award is named in honor of Fred W. Riggs, a pioneer in these fields and a leading founder of SICA. The award is made annually at the SICA Business Meeting held in conjunction with the ASPA Annual Conference. All nomination materials should be sent directly to Meghna Sabharwal by December 1, 2021.

    The David Gould Scholarship offers talented graduate students in the fields of public administration, public policy or international development some support to facilitate their participation in the ASPA Annual Conference. This Scholarship is named in honor of David Gould, an active SICA member and long-time professor of public administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He was among those killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, December 21, 1988. Each year one or two students receive a nominal stipend to attend the ASPA Annual Conference and SICA’s Riggs Symposium. For the 2022 ASPA annual conference, the stipend will help students defray registration costs. All nomination materials should be sent directly to Charlene M. L. Roach by December 1, 2021.

    The 2022 Col Leadership Award was established by SICA in 2016 and recognizes individual members who have made significant contributions to the development of the Section. Send all nominations to Col Leadership Award Chair Aroon Manoharan by December 1, 2021.

  • UCLG Africa's 5th African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes
    United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) invites attendees to its 5th African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes, under the theme, "Local Africa Goes Digital & Smart: The Time to Act Is Now." Taking place in a hybrid format in Marrakech with some virtual sessions, this gathering will be an opportunity to inform and exchange views and ideas on the dynamics of digital and smart transformation at the level of African local and regional governments, especially in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, with a focus on the commitments made, the progress achieved, the innovations relevant to governance and development at the local and territorial level, the challenges and obstacles faced and the most relevant means to overcome them. Interpretation services will be available in English, French, Arabic and Portugese. Click here for more information.

  • COMPA 2022 Annual Conference Call for Papers
    COMPA's 2022 Annual ConferenceCall for Papers is open, centered on this year's theme, "Shifting Paradigms—Challenging Assumptions." We will address the challenges facing minority public administrators in communities experiencing increasing inequalities; systemic racism; police violence coupled with racialism in legal and justice systems; housing crises and food shortages; medical mistrust; chronic underinvestment; environmental degradation; and white supremacist extremism. All of these problems and many others have been exacerbated by an ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people as it intensifies racial/ethnic tensions and economic disparities. Communities across the globe are fighting the brutal consequences of climate change and environmental racism amidst hurricanes, droughts, fires and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. To add to the chaos, we have witnessed the widespread promotion of a lack of confidence, both internationally and domestically, in democratic governmental and administrative processes. Public administrators generally and minority public administrators in particular are in the process of adapting to the new realities while reconsidering the long held paradigms by which we live. There is a growing decline in public trust in news and information sources and a greater reliance on social media, a lack of confidence in the findings of scientific institutions, and an ever-increasing lack of faith in elected and appointed governmental leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has been decisively marked by political divisions in the popular public trust of scientists. These realities have become a permanent element of the contemporary political discourse affecting minority public administrators and the levels of citizens' trust in the administration of public services. The current social, political and economic climate around bureaucracies, national and global, create a deluge of opportunities and challenges for the field of public administration. Minority public administrators are called upon to rethink our role as mitigators working amidst a rising sense of injustice and helplessness, the lack of hope and confidence in the present system, and a desire for radical change. This conference offers opportunities for public administration practitioners, academicians, independent scholars and students to expand the discourse through intellectual forums, research considerations and collaborative partnerships which tackle these challenges and restore public service values and meaningful governance. The conference program committee welcomes proposals to the conference's 15 tracks from academics, practitioners, independent scholars and students. Email your proposals to Proposals should include the title, abstract and presenter(s') name, institutional affiliation, address, email address and contact number. All proposals are due by December 15, 2022. Click here for more information.

  • Journal of African Transformation Special Edition Call for Papers
    The journal invites papers and submissions for its special edition on the theme “Challenges and opportunities for curbing illicit financial flows to boost domestic resource mobilization for financing sustainable development in Africa." The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development1 identifies the reduction of illicit financial flows (IFFs) as a priority area to build peaceful societies around the world. Combating IFFs is a crucial component of global efforts to promote peace, justice and strong institutions, as reflected in target 16.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals; “By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime”. Key research questions for this special edition include: What is the nature of IFFs in different African countries?; How do IFFs impact the state and society in Africa?; What are the main challenges African countries are facing in effectively curbing IFFs?; What kind of reforms can African countries undertake in curbing IFFs?; How can digitalization and technological transformation create opportunities for curbing IFFs?; How can Africa take advantage of developments on the international stage with various initiatives aimed at curbing aspect of IFFs?; How can Africa overcome the challenges it is confronted with in recovering assets lost through IFFs?; and How can global coalition on addressing IFFs be foisted and strengthened in addressing the problem? All manuscripts are due by December 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

  • SASPA Mini-Symposium on Public Policy, Public and Nonprofit Administration
    The South Asian Section for Public Administration (SASPA) is partnering with the Bengal Institute of Political Studies and the Institute of Social Sciences (New Dehli) to assembly a mini symposium: Capacity Building for Effective Governance and Administraiton: Perspectives from South Asia. The online event will feature perspectives of South Asia scholars and practitioners on capacity building to revitalize administration, civil society and governance in that region. SASPA invites reflections on how systems of institutions, civil society groups and nonprofits can be revitalized and reconstituted, given new challenges. Papers may address capacity building in the context of institutional development, innovation, human resource management, organizational learning, strategic planning, public finance and budgeting and beyond. Please send a 200-word proposal to by January 7, 2022. The symposium will take place via Zoom February 19-20. Click here to view more information.

  • SPCM Best Paper Award
    The Section on Procurement and Contract Management (SPCM) has issued a Best Paper Award for ASPA's 2022 Annual Conference. Do you conduct research in public procurement, government contracting or contract management? Are you submitting a proposal for the conferene? If so, submit your paper to SPCM for an award. First place will receive $500; second place will receive $250. Please send your full paper to Sawsan Abutabenjeh by March 1, 2022 for consideration. Click here for more information.

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