Establishing a Capacity Development Facility at BIPA in the Kingdom of Bahrain


  Senior Government officials attending a workshop on Result based Management

Bahrain has a large public sector, with Bahraini nationals accounting for 90% of the public sector work force in the year 2000. Rapid population growth, a high proportion of youth and dependence on foreign labour all increase the pressure for job creation, training and education. Bahrain has taken on the challenge of expanding job opportunities for its growing young population, in order to ensure higher productivity at the national level. Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 aims to meet these challenges by transforming the Bahraini economy by focusing on developing the quality and number of jobs for Bahrainis and improving skills for job seekers. Vision 2030 highlights the important challenges facing the Government, including the need to provide better policy making, better strategic planning and better services to the public. The Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) was established with the aim of developing public administration and training in Ministries and State institutions and contributing to qualifying and training the staff of those Ministries and institutions. This project will provide critical and immediate capacity development interventions in policy, management, leadership and institutional reform, in support of sustainable national capacity development within the public sector.

Key achievements

  • Given the highly specialized subject matter of the project, a project manager has been recruited through a highly competitive process as per UNDP’s rules and regulation .
  • Detailed Work plan has been prepared.
  • A comprehensive capacity assessment for BIPA has been carried out by two UNDP o  missions from the regional centers in Bratislava and Cairo. The main outcomes of the work of the two missions were:
  1. Organizing a workshop to present and explain the Capacity Development (CD) concept/methodology to BIPA 
  2. Preparing a comprehensive assessment for BIPA where the gaps/issues related to developing BIPA’s capacity were highlighted and a set of recommendations/actions has been identified for BIPA to consider tackling through the project venue.
  3. Designing an operational plan for the project
  • Conducting a specialized one week training workshop on Results Based Management (RBM) for BIPA and other government institutes employees. The  main objectives of the workshop were as following:
  1. Improve understanding of results management and its importance to achieving results.
  2. Improve knowledge of the basic concepts and approaches in results management, including the results cycle, planning, monitoring and evaluating.
  3. Enhance critical thinking and analytical skills, along with partnership outreach strategies
  4. Develop greater appreciation for the value of monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  5. Strengthen skills in applying effective M&E practices and setting up an M&E system.

Resources of Fund

BIPA (Government of Bahrain) $442,127.50  
UNDP $442,127.50  


US $ 250, 120

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