What We Do

A key feature of our international services to international clients lies in our privileged access to Irish public sector experience and civil servants. Providing a gateway to the Irish model of governance and economic development, we facilitate the transfer of practical expertise, grounded in more than 30 years of EU membership and of significant processes of change, to partner countries and institutions pursuing similar reform and development agenda. In particular, we tend to focus on a number of key strategic topics where Irish experience is of relevance:

Public Administration Reform in a Globalised World 

It is our firm belief that the work of government, including all aspects of public policy and public management, must increasingly be considered in a global context, where policies of governments in one region are evaluated and formulated in the light of the development of policies in other regions of the globe. This means that top public servants must be ‘policy literate’ at an international level and be familiar with experience and practice in comparator sectors and countries. In this context, the formulation and implementation of public policy in the European Union, United States as well as within Ireland and other individual European countries can significantly inform ongoing policy development and implementation in other regions, as well as supporting the objective of developing modern and responsive public administration.

As an English speaking country situated between Europe and the United States, Ireland is uniquely positioned to act as a development hub for both emerging economies and countries in transition. This can be through focused development programmes and workshops on topics such as Strategic Management, Leadership, Project Management, Human Resources Management but also study visits and specific high level educational programmes which can also provide opportunities for engagement with an international faculty and an international cohort of students. Finally, interested governments may wish to access specific commissioned research on various aspects of government performance or best practice so as to assess progress against targets and to compare with experience in other countries.

Example of a recent project in this area:
Country Taiwan
Project Title Capacity Building for Global Competitiveness and Innovation
Date September 2016
Project Overview The overall objective was to provide to around 40 senior civil servants from Taiwanese public administration and semi-state bodies with a direct insight into Ireland’s competitiveness and innovation agenda, enterprise development and FDI, engagement with diaspora policies as well as its recent public sector overhaul and public administration; additionally, the participants also benefitted from development and learning opportunities learning from Irish experts into managerial areas such as performance management, coaching and motivation and team-building.


National and Regional Economic Development 

We provide tailor-made assistance in the field of National and Regional Economic Development, using Irish experience as a basis for our range of consultancy, high level advice and technical assistance in Management of EU Structural and Cohesion funds, National Development Plans, SME, Industrial Policy, Taxation issues.

Example of a recent project in this area: 
Country Serbia
Project Title Public Policy and National Competitiveness
Date October 2015
Project Overview The training programme was designed to facilitate concrete sharing of experience in shaping public policy in the areas of enterprise development and regional policy in an EU-oriented environment, looking at issues of government coordination, strategic management, job creation and competitiveness.


EU Integration

Building on our successful EU Accession Programme which we have been running since 2002, we have developed a new multi-face training programme for Civil Servants of the remaining EU accession countries on EU Affairs, EU Institutions and EU Common Policies. This programme has been delivered in Dublin and benefitted civil servants and government officials notably from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia in learning how successfully preparing for the challenges of enlargement but also how to maximise opportunities offered by accession in a variety of fields and sector of  the economy and society.

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