The Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners, co-organized by SPP, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) from November 11-13, 2015 supported 20 young political advisors to play a stronger role in shaping democratic institutions and defining the future trajectory of their nations.
Over three days, participants engaged in a fast-paced and practice-oriented discussion of topics such as the role of political advisers, policy analysis, shaping complex political environments, engaging internal and external stakeholders, and mastering communication and advocacy skills.
Competitively selected, the participants represented government ministries and agencies, presidential administrations and parliaments from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
"SPP is becoming a training hub for cabinet advisers in the region and we will be looking forward to expanding our professional development offers to Central Asia next year", said Bernhard Knoll-Tudor, Director of SPP's Global Policy Academy. "This training was also an opportunity for SPP to build and expand professional networks between academia and the world of applied policy-making."
"Increasing the capacities of young policy advisers plays a crucial role in developing democratic institutions," said Nighina Azizov, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family in Moldova.
"The training course surprised me in the way it gave me a better understanding of the skills and competencies necessary to be effective in my job," observed Tamara Boronnikova, Deputy Head of the Department for Public and Corporate Governance Improvement at the Ministry of Economy in Belarus.
In the video below, Eteri Buziashvili from Georgia, Oleg Naumenko from Ukraine and Oxana Paierele from Moldova tell mentor Karin Limdal about their reasons for applying, their expectations, and their reflections from the first day of the course in Budapest.