Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): 17th issue
We are pleased to present the 17th issue of the International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice published by the Astana Civil Service Hub.
This issue includes several articles dealing with civil service training, public services digitalisation, anti-corruption measures, and recruitment systems in the public service. This publication is also hosting an article that focuses on youth unemployment and the factors that influence its levels, focusing on Kazakhstan youth employment marker. Despite its subject, which is somewhat outside the scope of this journal, this article was chosen for publication as it employs econometric analysis, in fact correlation regression analysis, to test its hypotheses; a new approach for the region. Its publication will contribute to raising the interest of other researchers to utilise statistical analysis while dealing with issues of public administration and the civil service to test their assumptions.
The first article is a contribution of Israilov Mederbek, Head of the International Cooperation and Training Department of the Agency for Civil Service and Local-Self Government Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. It analyses and compares the Japanese and Kyrgyz civil service training systems, and it provides some recommendations for improvement in the Kyrgyz case.
The second article is prepared by Tolkyn Omarova, Research Associate and Diana Sharipova, Digitalisation Transformation Expert, both at the Astana Civil Service Hub. Based on the results of a recent needs-assessment study it considers the progress seven countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus have made in their quest for the digital transformation of government. Its findings explicitly reveal where these countries stand across nine dimensions that are considered critical for the advancement of digitalisation transformation.
The third article is a review of the anti-corruption legislation in the civil service system of Uzbekistan, written by Golibjon Abduazizov, Chief Inspector in the Civil Service Development Agency, and a candidate for the Higher School of Judges of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The legislation review generated several recommendations on how anti-corruption measures may be improved to more effectively counter corrupt behaviour and activities of civil servants.
The fourth article is an analysis of the system of public sector recruitment in North Macedonia, written by Dr. Jahi Jahiya, Professor at the Tetovo University. The article focuses on the recruitment process for government positions in North Macedonia. In particular, the screening process of applications submitted for a government position, which is the first stage of the recruitment cycle.
The additional article is a paper using correlation and regression analysis to determine the factors that are likely to influence the levels of youth unemployment in the regions of Kazakhstan, written by Assel Bekenova, graduate student at the School of Public Policy of Nazarbayev University.
The Editorial Team