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LIPA Orientates Participants For Third Quarter Training Cycle

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) on Friday, October 4, 2019 held a formal orientation for Participants of the 2019 Second Semester Third Quarter Training.
The program held at LIPA in the Procurement building brought together over 200 Participants from both the Public and Private Sectors.
Making remarks at the orientation program, LIPA's Deputy Director General For Training and Development Hon. Amara Kamara firstly welcomed the Participants at the formal orientation program of the 2019 Second Semester Third Quarter Training Cycle, saying that the program was intended to introduce the participants to the learning environment at LIPA.
Hon. Kamara told them (participants) that the courses offered at LIPA are basically professional based training courses, adding that any one enrolling into the program must have an understanding of the discipline he or she wants to pursue.
He explained that the reason for this is basically for LIPA to enhance capacity of professionals where there is a gap.
He however encouraged the participants to go into areas closely related to their first degree to avoid them having difficulty during the time of study.
“Facilitators may not come to start you from A, b, c and D, so if you went into a strange discipline area outside of your first degree, you will have to put in extra time and that is the only way you are going to get the actual results of the reason why you choose to go into that area,” he urged participants.
The Deputy Director General for Training and Man Power Development has meanwhile disclosed that the opening date for the 2019 Second Semester Third Quarter Training is November 4, 2019.
According to him, the reason for the extension is because most of the courses offered at LIPA did not meet the threshold of ten participants per class.
He said, with the interest expressed by most of the participants in purchasing the application forms, it is an indication that the number would have increased before the start of classes.
In closing, he encouraged the participants to take the issue of attendance serious, stating that it is one of the ways of grading.
For his part, the Director General of LIPA Professor Alex Yonly told the participants that in any organization or society the process of learning is very important.
He said, that PRO-POOR AGENDA FOR PROSPERITY AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN (PAPD) being initiated by this Government LIPA has taken the lead in terms of building a capable state with qualified and competent workforce.
He noted that the only way this can become a reality is by Liberians owning a skills and ability to be effective and efficient.
The Director General noted that an effective and efficient workforce goes a long way, adding that this is the major task for LIPA to implement.
He further said that one of the things they are involved with in recent days is to review the curriculum of the Institute in meeting up with the reality of current workforce development.
He noted that in the absent of this all of the learning theories that will be given in the class room, you may not be able to adequately apply those theories.

LIPA Boss Discloses Plan To Train All Civil Servants

The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Professor Alex Yonly has disclosed plans by LIPA, Governance Commission (GC) and the Civil Service Agency (CSA) as part of the Public Sector Reform within the tripod arrangement to conduct a comprehensive training for Civil Servants across Government.
Director Yonly made the revelation when he spoke at the Ministry of Information regular weekly Press Briefing on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
He said, the legislation of the training program will be mandatory for all Civil Servants wanting to serve in the public Sector to have certificates in administrative practices, stating that it will help to bring individuals desirous to serve in government, be it Central or local government on par with their counterparts around the globe.
"The need to strengthen our workforce and enhance managerial responsibilities cannot be over emphasized. This initiative creates Civil Servants capable of ensuring coherence, coordination and continuity within the Public Sector,” Professor Yonly stated.
The LIPA Director General further disclosed the establishment of a Civil Service mentorship Program which objectives he said will include providing a powerful non-formal training vehicle for enhancing human capital in service delivery and as well provide a value- added experience to enhance formal learning programs, noting that methods will be identified and a framework put in place for implementation.
In outlining his achievements so far, Director Yonly said since his appointment at LIPA, there has been lot of achievements, some of which he mentioned as organization realignment, Staff capacity development and cost containment measures among others.
"Our E-library Staff have been trained for updates and maintaining the E-learning Platform which supports our executive seminars (Leadership and Governance, conflict Resolution, organization Development, and strategic Human Resource Management,” he concluded.

LIPA Graduates Over 500 Participants

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), on Friday, September 27, 2019 graduated and awarded certificates to 579 Participants who successfully completed their various courses of studies at the end of the Institute’s 2019 First Semester 1st and 2nd Quarters Training.

366 of the 579 Participants who received certificates were males constituting 63.2% while, 213 were Females constituting 36.9%.

Making a special remarks at the graduation ceremony LIPA’s Director General Professor Alex Yonly said, the Institute is proud to graduate Participants that have completed courses in various areas such as Public Procurement and Management, Human Resource Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Internal Audit and Control, Access to Information, Financial Management, Project Planning and Management, and Customer Service and Marketing amongst others.

Professor Yonly noted that since its establishment and operation, LIPA has made significant contributions and impacts on government institutions through training and Research Programs, adding that this is consistent with the goal of LIPA in building efficient and productive institutions.

“As our Strategic Plan reveals, decentralization of services is on track, LIPA Buchannan Branch remains a focal point for employees training and County development training hub; we are grateful to the USAID for a state of the art training facility in Margibi County which work is completed and we are now reaching out for assistance with equipment to be relocated in a possible short time. From our strategic front, we are also introducing the Executive Seminars through the e-learning platform which includes Leadership and Governance, Strategic Human Resources Management, and Labor Relations. There are plans underway to establish a local branch in Ganta Nimba County and subsequently the entire nation. Our continuous excellence in capacity development is significant to strengthen workforce development both in the Public and Private Sectors,” the Director General intimated.

He further explained that why preliminary discussion to visit LIPA’s mandate are ongoing, he said he hopes to institute the Executive Master’s Program which will serve as a growing students population and the need to strengthen organizations.

In her acknowledgement of the program a Participant of the Graduating class Yatta Makain on behalf of her colleagues thanked the hard working facilitators at LIPA for impacting knowledge into them.

Makain assured the facilitators that the sky will be their limit as they strive for excellence in their educational endeavor.

She also commended the LIPA Administration for its tireless effort ensuring that they get qualify facilitators at the Institute.

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) was established by an Act of the Legislature in 1969. The Institute’s offers 14 certificate courses, 5 Diploma 10 Short- Term and Tailor made courses available upon request.

LIPA Launches First Public Lecture Series

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) as part of its Strategic Plan to organize focal group discussions on public policies and make recommendations to government on the ways forward as well as leading efforts towards institutional change has launched its first Public Lecture Series in Monrovia.

The Lecture Series named in honor of the Institute’s first Director General, the late Dr. Augustus F. Caine was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the VIP Lounge of the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.

The event which will be held on the last Friday of every Month is intended to provide a space and platform where Public Policies, implementation strategies, successes, failures and challenges would be discussed under a civil atmosphere with the overall objective of achieving the following but not limited to; Access impacts of Public Policies, Access implementation strategies of Public policies, Create room and opportunities for independent thoughts on Public policies and projects, Discuss challenges, sources of challenges as well as successes of developmental projects and programs amongst others.

Making remarks during the launch of the lecture series, LIPA’s Director General Professor Alex Yonly  expressed gratitude to the Civil Service Agency for its continue collaboration in the Public Sector Reform program being initiated by the Liberian Government.

Professor Yonly noted that in an effort to build a cohesive Nation, LIPA also conducts study and review of developing situation and practices per the Social, Economic and Administrative development of organizations.

He further stated that over the years the Institute was able to extend its services to both the Public and Private Sectors through staff development programs.

DG Yonly further commended the Carter Center with support from the European Union for collaborating with LIPA to roll out the Access to Information Training currently taking place at the Institute.

The LIPA boss also extended thanks and appreciation to the Swedish Agency for Peace, Security and Development for partnering with LIPA to administer the Rule of Law in Public Administration.

He disclosed that LIPA will shortly introduce the Executive Training program through the Institute’s E-learning platform.

He said the launching of the Dr. Augustus F. Caine Lecture Series is one of the ambition projects that will help Public Administrators in various forms.

Also making remarks at the program, the Director General of the Civil Service Agency Hon. Laurie Johnson said it was an honor for her to serve as Co-Launcher of the occasion marking the Launch of the first in the series of public lectures of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) in honor of the Institute’s first Director General Dr. Augustus F. Caine.

She said, the CSA is highly in support of the initiative being undertaken by LIPA, noting that the Civil Service Agency is charged with the responsibility of providing service through Human Resource Management across the Civil Service where management mechanisms and capacities are guarantee.

The CSA Director General has meanwhile encouraged Liberians especially staff of LIPA to take the monthly Lecture series seriously.

She noted that in order for LIPA to remain relevant and responsive the Institute needs to constantly adopt more programs to the changing needs of Government. 

LIPA, CARTER CENTER BEGIN TEN WEEKS FOI TRAINING FOR INFORMATION OFFICERS

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) in collaboration with the Carter Center is conducting ten weeks Diploma course in Access to Information for Public Information officers of fifteen Government Ministries, Agencies and Commissions.

The MACs forming part of the training include the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Works, the National Elections Commission (NEC), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and the National Investment Commission (NIC) amongst others.

The training which begun on Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Liberia Institute of Public Administration on Mamba Point, is intended to build the capacity of Public Information officers for the various MACs in providing the public with the necessary information of  their respective institutions.

Making remarks at the start of the training, LIPA’s Deputy Director General for Training and Man Power Development, Hon. Amara Kamara thanked the Carter Center for collaborating with LIPA to conduct the second batch of training in Freedom of Information for government Public Relations Officers (PROs).

Hon. Kamara at the same time reaffirmed LIPA’s commitment in supporting the FOI training which according to him will sharpen the skills of these public officials.

Also making remarks, the Director General of LIPA Professor Alex Yonly appreciated the Carter Center and the European Union for their support to the Freedom of Information training.

DG Yonly also called on the participants to take the training seriously so as to make their various institutions more effective and efficient.

For his part, Carter Center Country Representative Hon. J Dorbor Jallah thanked the European Union for supporting this initiative of the FOI training.

He also commended LIPA for partnering with the Carter Center to roll out the training.


 

HR Directors, Others Benefit From A One Day Capacity Building

About fifteen Civil Servants most of whom were Human Resource Directors and Senior Managers from various ministries, agencies and commissions (MACs) of Government including LIPA, on Tuesday, April 24, 2019 benefited from a one day capacity building workshop.

The workshop conducted by LIPA, which was also facilitated by its Director General Honorable Alex Yonly intended to amongst others things discussed strategies for developing new managers.

In his presentation Professor Yonly said, the training was a way by which the Participants can be able to share their experiences.

Some of the key components discussed during the training include: Managerial Specific Skills, Conceptual Skills, Humanistic Skills and Technological Skills amongst others.

LIPA, Carter Center Signed MOU On Freedom of Information Law

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) and Carter Center Liberia have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Freedom of Information Law.

The MOU is intended to strengthen the relationship between LIPA and the Carter Center and as well support increased transparency and effective application of the FOI Law.

Speaking following the signing of the Agreement, LIPA’s Director General Professor Alex Yonly said, the vision of his Administration is to see the institute transcend from capacity building to that of a capacity development Institution.

Honorable Yonly used the occasion to extend thanks and appreciation to the European Union for its support to the Carter Center which he said has enabled the Institution to collaborate with LIPA in developing a curriculum for the training of Public Servants in the usage of the Freedom of Information Law.

In other remarks, LIPA’s Deputy Director General for Training and Man Power Development, Hon. Amara Kamara lauded the Carter Center for collaborating with LIPA to develop the training program, noting that such training will help the Institute to improve on the services it is currently providing to the public and private sectors.

He said LIPA is committed to collaborate with any institution that has similar vision like the Carter Center in terms of initiating programs and other related trainings that will help to improve the transformation of Liberia.

For his part, Carter Center Country Representative Hon. Dorbor Jallah thanked LIPA for working with his institution to develop a curriculum on the Freedom of Information Law.

He said the Carter Center with support from the European Union has been working to ensure that they are able to develop a sustainable capacity within the country to build the skills of Liberians.

The Carter Center Country Representative said, those institutions like LIPA that are responsible for capacity building should be fully supported so as to enable them carryout the mandate of training public officials that are playing key roles in Government.

The signing ceremony took place in the Conference room of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration on Monday, April 8, 2019.

LIPA Host WAMDEVIN 2019 Executive Committee Meeting

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) has ended the 2019 West African Management Development Institutes Network Executive Committee meeting (WAMDEVIN).

The meeting which is an annual gathering of members States of Anglophone West African countries including Liberia was held on March 29, 2019 at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia with the Director General of LIPA Professor Alex Yonly serving as President of the Network.

Speaking during the meeting, the Executive Secretary of WAMDEVIN Olowe S.K. said, the event was basically intended for members of the Network to review what was discussed during the 2018 Executive Committee Meeting and to also lay the foundation for the 2019 activities.

The WAMDEVIN Executive Secretary further stated that every member of the Network is expected to go back to their respective Countries and Institutions to begin implementing some of the key things that were discussed at the 2019 Executive Committee Meeting.

Prior to the holding of the meeting, the delegation also toured the new facilities of LIPA under construction in Domah Town, Margibi County along the Roberts Field High way.

Other members who attended this year Executive committee Meeting include: Olowe S.K.-Executive Secretary; WAMDEVIN, Cecelia Umaru Gayya-Director General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Professor Ebow Bondzi-Sampson; Rector GIMPA, Mrs. Fatou Barry-Deputy Director General; Management Development Institute of the Gambia, Sukai Gaye; Human Resource Director MDI of the Gambia and Olaolu Adewumi;  Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (Ascon).

WAMDEVIN membership is made of six counties which include Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Cameroom.   

 

LIPA, FBA Signed Cooperation Agreement

The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Swedish Government Agency for Peace, Security and Development on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 signed a one-year cooperation Agreement.

The Agreement seeks to increase LIPA capacity to train Public Servants on the rule of law in Public Administration and Professional ethics, to support LIPA trainers apply identified methods for effective learning, and support the development of a new course curriculum relevant to the rule of law and professional ethics in Public Administration.

Making remarks following the signing of the agreement, LIPA Acting Director General Hon. Amara Kamara on behalf of the Director General Professor Alex Yonly appreciated the FBA for partnering with LIPA.

 “Today marks a historic event for LIPA to have you partner with us in the area of trying to strengthen our legal system or the areas of laws” he said.

Acting DG Kamara further assured the FBA family that the signing of the Cooperation Agreement will further strengthen the already existing cordial relationship between LIPA and the FBA.

For her part, the head of the FBA Rule of Law Program, Maria Nystedt on behalf of the FBA expressed gladness over the signing of the cooperation agreement with LIPA. She said her institution is committed to strengthening the rule of law principles of service delivery in Public Administration.

The FBA and LIPA collaboration has existed for a while and the signing of the Cooperation Agreement will further strengthen. In 2018, the FBA conducted working sessions with LIPA Management, which highlighted the relevance of the rule of law in Public Administration and Professional conduct. Training for the enhancement of internal facilitators’ skills was conducted.  Key points identified during the working session for the cooperation between LIPA and the FBA were the need to enhance the significance of the rule of law in existing LIPA courses and research and to support the development of new course curriculums in relation to the rule of law in Public Administration.

Swedish FBA Arrives In Liberia…Hold Discussion With LIPA Management

A four member-delegation of the Swedish Agency for Peace, Security and Development is in the country as guest of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA). 

In a brief discussion last Monday with LIPA Management, the head of the Swedish Rule of Law Program Maria Nystedt said, the team is in Liberia specifically to have a joint discussion with the Management of LIPA and plan activities for 2019. 

She said, the discussion will pave the way to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between LIPA and the Swedish FBA on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. 

Also speaking, the Desk officer of the Swedish Rule of Law Program Dominique Gorska stated that a coaching session for participants will also be included for those who took part in the Training of Trainers (TOT) which was recently conducted by the Swedish FBA recently. Dominique further disclosed that the FBA team will shortly meet with management to look at areas of priority before the signing of the cooperative Agreement.

 “Our organization in partnership with the National Security Council has concluded arrangement for the training of Superintendents across the country. LIPA and CSA are co-host for this training which takes place next April, 2019 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County,” Dominique explained.

For his part, LIPA’s Acting Director General Hon. Amara Kamara told the FBA Delegation that in a recent meeting with FBA, LIPA already committed itself to partner with the Swedish organization in integrating the Rule of Law into its training program.

Director Kamara said LIPA being the government arm responsible for building the capacity of both private and Public Servants, believes training in all areas will help improve the performances of Liberians.

Meanwhile, the delegation which arrived in the country on Saturday, March 2, 2019 is also expected to hold discussions with other Ministries and Agencies including the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Governance Commission (GC).

Members of the delegation include: Maria Nystedt head of the Swedish Rule of Law Program, Emma Ostaker Project Director Rule of Law, Carl Norman Swedish Peace Archives and Dominique Gorska Desk officer for the Rule of Law.

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