The path of state reconstruction post-violent conflict is arduous and intricate. Yet, revisiting the role of public administration and governance in forging a strong foundation for sustainable development and ensuring a peaceful and prosperous state, as part of the longstanding working groups and panels of NISPAcee annual conference, is the need of the hour. The literature offers comprehensive insights, spanning from security governance to administrative-economic and political governance, as well as external aid’s significant role in post-conflict reconstruction. Be it the European Union's conditionality and socialization, or the United Nations' and other global organizations’ emphasis on nation/state building and resilience – these frameworks and their correct applications are indispensable in ensuring a sustainable peace. 

The 2024 NISPAcee Annual Conference is not just an academic forum. It is a beacon of hope and a gathering of minds dedicated to effective governance post-conflict. We focused is to compile the wealth of state-building experiences, revisit best practices, and harness the transformative power of digital technologies, thereby creating novel approaches to post-conflict public governance and administration in the CEE region and globally. 



The conference was opened by an Opening Ceremony.
Opening was chaired by: Eka Akobia, Welcome by the NISPAcee President , Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Several distinguished speakers presented their welcome and opening speeches on this occasion:
Kakha Shengelia, President, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia
Kety Tsanava, Head of Department, Policy Planning and Governmental Coordination Department , Administration of the Government of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Jean-Michel Eymeri-Douzans, President, European Group for Public Administration EGPA, Brussels, Belgium
Gyorgy Hajnal, EAPAA Chair, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee, Astana Civil Service Hub , UNDP Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan
Mohamad Alkadry, Vice-President of NASPAA , University of Connecticut, Hartford, United States

At the end of this session a signature of MoU between EAPAA and NASPAA by Gyorgy Hajnal, Chair of EAPAA, Taco Brandsen, Secretary General of EAPAA and Alkadry Mohamad, Vice-President of NASPAA took place. 

The Opening Ceremony was followed by Keynote presentations delivered by:

Wolfgang Drechsler,
with the theme: Public Administration in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Check advisors, focus on capacity, and don‘t hurry too much, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy,
with the theme: Public Administration Reconstruction and Development in Post Conflict States: A Critique of Global Trends and Experiences, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

The next programme included:
presentations of more then 142 academic papers presented within 1 research panel sessions and meetings of 9 NISPAcee Working Groups
Additional conference activities included:

PhD Pre-conference Seminar, USAID-UNDP/UK panel on Georgia, EAPAA Panel - Accreditation as a tool for learning: what and how?, ACSH Panel Session: Public Administration in the New Reality, Meeting with editors of CEE public administration and policy journals, Workshop Engaged Research: Insights from Engaged Scholars

NISPAcee Annual Conference included activities and research on various topics of Public Administration, you can find reports from 2024 activities here: 

    Invitation to the 33rd NISPAcee Annual Conference 2025

NISPAcee Awards

NISPAcee Awards presented at the NISPAcee Annual Conference 2024:

Alena Brunovská Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration 2024

Was presentated by Eka Akobia, NISPAcee President to the winner Kulli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Title of the presentation: "The size of countries: does it matter for governance"?

Mzia Mikeladze PhD Thesis Award 2024

Was presented by Juraj Nemec, Member of the Award Selection Committee to two winners:
Jaanus Muur, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Title of Thesis: Place-Based Innovation in Place-Blind Innovation Policy Context
Matej Babšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia/ University of Rijeka, Croatia
Title of Thesis: Evaluation of the Social Work Centres’ Reorganisation in the Republic of Slovenia from the Perspective of Selected Public Governance Models

NISPAcee Merit Award

was presented to Kakha Shengelia, President, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Best Comparative Policy Paper presented at the 32nd NISPAcee Annual Conference 2024

Awarded paper: "How blame avoidance and credit claiming influence experimental policymaking.”
by authors: Ringa Raudla, Külli Sarapuu, Johanna Vallistu, Kerli Onno, and Nastassia Harbuzova

INVITATION TO 33rd Annual NISPAcee Conference

Invitation to the 33rd NISPAcee Annual Conference 2025 was presented by: Miroslav Šipikal , Head of Department of Public Administration and Regional Development, University of Economics, Faculty of National Economy, Bratislava, Slovakia
Main Conference Theme of the next years conference will be: Polycrisis and multi-level governance: Impacts, lessons learned, challenges and opportunities
Term: May 22-24, 2025 Venue: University of Economics, Faculty of National Economy, Bratislava, Slovakia

    Invitation to the 33rd NISPAcee Annual Conference 2025