Public Policy and Private Sector Development
The performance of the private sector is key to a country’s development, and government policies and programmes can stimulate or inhibit it. More importantly, the individuals who design and implement these impactful government initiatives have a critical role to play.
These local professionals – from all sectors – must have both domain-specific technical knowledge and analytical skills, as well as the agility needed to operate in complex state-market environments. Policies to develop a country’s private sector must be anchored in a solid understanding of context-specific economic, financial, political, and cultural realities. Policymakers must know how to set priorities, sequence actions, manage conflict, and build coalitions.
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, in partnership with the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) – an initiative of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Stanford University, offers an executive programme on “Public Policy and Private Sector Development” for government officials and private sector executives in Asia.
To equip government officials and future business leaders with insights, skills, andanalytic frameworks that enable them to serve as catalysts for policy reforms in complex, sometimes contentious, settings.
### PROGRAMME CURRICULUM A few key lectures provide the conceptual framework for a largely case-based curriculum, which draws material from LAD’s own library of specially-written case studies. Offering an interactive learning experience, each case describes how decision makers addressed obstacles or managed the political, cultural, or social impediments to a policy or its implementation. Recognising that every country offers a unique context, there are no “best practices” or “right answers” – students are encouraged to draw from their own experiences to enrich classroom discussions and stimulate debate as they weigh real life trade-offs whilst juggling the changing dynamics of their home country.
The case studies address a wide range of topics, including:
- Privatisation of public resources
- Outsourcing of regulatory functions to combat corruption and improve efficiency
- Managing the demands of international finance institutions and multilateral banks
- Challenges of establishing a stock market and consumer credit information system
Who should attend
- Mid-level government practitioners and private sector executives with 5–10 years of working experience
- The next generation of leaders in Asia