Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) Director General Dr. Raed Mohammed Bin Shams stressed that the current phase of government work requires the application of innovation as a permanent culture within the institutional work system.
This can be achieved by employing a number of scientific and applied methodologies to come up with innovative projects and initiatives that promote government outcomes, he said.
The innovation program, launched by BIPA in early 2019 in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has contributed to the development of five innovative government projects that will form a new path for the development of the government’s future, Bin Shams said during a speech BIPA’s virtual meeting to review projects resulting from the government innovation program.
He explained that BIPA based its design of the innovation program on the best scientific methodologies in the field of international innovation, in addition to the use of international experts specialized in this field to take advantage of innovative international applications and practices.
The program, for which a selected group of employees in the government sector was chosen from various bodies and ministries in accordance with international standards, provides new mechanisms to deal with the daily government challenges in different ways in order to identify alternative solutions and innovative projects.
“This joint project with BIPA originates from the observation that innovation should be from and for the public sector, to respond to the increasing demands and expectations from the population, and the ever-changing environment that requires more flexibility, adaptation, and renovation in practices and methodologies,” Stefano Pettinato, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program in Bahrain, said.
“Through this endeavor we hope to contribute to the government employees’ capacity to think differently as they effectively find solutions to current and future challenges. In recent months, despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project moved on by adopting online methodologies, allowing final prototypes to evolve and progress until today.”