Strengthening Administration: Coordination and Intersectorality in Public Policy Administration (ES)

The online instructor-led courses are offered in a personalized mode with no more than 30 students in each class. Start and finish dates are clearly marked. Besides the online tools used for interaction in the virtual environment, courses provide students with continuous support from a technical assistant, the tutor and a program coordinator, who are experts in the course topics, and are able to offer effective feedback in all course activities and promote relevant discussion.


An analysis of public policy demonstrates that, historically speaking, Latin American countries have had a strong tendency toward centralization when it comes to the formulation of government policy. However, in the last quarter century, both global economic transformations and the political changes of democratic transition have contributed to transforming various regimes that drive the processes of decentralization and deconcentration. In this context, new conditions have a profound impact on the role of mid-level government in general, and on subnational entities in particular, in the administration of public policy. As the processes of decentralization deepen, problems arise that are linked to the scant articulation of public policy, limited government petitions, and low levels of cooperation among the different actors and levels of government.

Participants must: a) have completed higher education and b) exercise managerial responsibility over the implementation of social programs at the regional, provincial, local, or municipal level. Participants may come from public institutions (including those on a central and national level, provided that the participant’s responsibilities focus on program implementation at the local or regional level), regional governments or provinces, local governments or municipalities, or non-governmental organizations.
This course is subsidized through the Technical Cooperation of the INDES RG-K1196. The cost is $600, and the IDB will award a grant equivalent to 80% of that cost for candidates who are selected and are from IDB member countries. Selected applicants must pay a $120 registration fee (nonrefundable), which will entitle them to access the INDES Virtual Classroom and its resources, permanent mentoring with the teacher-mentors, technical support for the operation of the virtual platform, and the certificate earned. The subsidy described above will NOT be given to participants from countries that are not members of the Bank or who belong to other international agencies. To verify whether your country is a member of the Bank, we invite you to visit,6005.html. Selected candidates will have the option to apply for the following grant: Development and African Descendants Grant. The Gender and Diversity Unit, Social Sector, and the INDES have the honor of offering partial scholarships for this course to individuals committed to promoting the development of communities of African descent in Latin America. For more information about this grant, click here. If you qualify for this grant, you will receive a total discount of $60 from the total cost of the course. Each participant is responsible for his or her own costs for Internet access. Applicants who are admitted to the course will receive timely instructions on how to make payment. Note that this will not cover the entire cost of the course; the IDB, through its regional technical cooperation program will cover the balance of costs involved.
10 Hours per week
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N°1. What are we talking about when we speak of coordination?
N°2. Coordination among different levels of government as a challenge to the decentralization process
N°3. Intersectoral coordination, as a concept and in practice
N°4. Public policy networks and administration of the surrounding area
N°5. Synthesis of weaknesses and opportunities in addressing coordination successfully

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