University description (as per official university website)
The American Institute of Public Administration, ICAP, is an intergovernmental international organization, serving the Central American region. Had its origins in the School of Public Administration in Central America, ESAPAC, created in 1954 by the governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, joining in 1961 the Republic of Panama. Its main purposes are to develop human resources in the government sector in the region, collaboration with member governments in the study and implementation of reforms to modernize public administration and support for Central American integration process.
ICAP's governing body is the General Board, composed of the Ministers of Economy of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
The permanent site is located in the city of San Josť, Costa Rica.
ICAP objectives are the following:
Collaborate with Governments of Member States in the improvement, modernization and harmonization of their government.
Develop training programs aimed at training and updating the Central American government officials.
Cooperate with regional organizations in the study, guiding and promoting the Central American integration process.
Provide technical support to public institutions in the study and implementation of administrative improvements.
Promote the exchange of experiences in the field of public administration, deepening and disseminating relevant and innovative approaches.
Horizontal cooperation among member states and other states, who wish to collaborate with them.
The areas of activity of ICAP include: training of human resources, technical consulting, research and information dissemination.
This area includes the Master of Public Administration:
Development Project Management
The Master of ICAP programs are recognized by all Central American universities with which cooperation agreements have been established, by which they exchange a series of services.
Permanent program consists of various kinds through which offered short courses, national and regional in nature, conducted both at headquarters and in member countries of the ICAP. These courses are aimed at government officials according to the needs of the region, in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of government.
The main topics that ICAP has been accumulating experience, among others: Public Management, Health Management, Social Management, Project Management Development, Public Investment, Municipal Administration, Municipal Environmental Management, Local Government, Public Policy, Public Finance, the Central American Integration Management, International Negotiations, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Government, International Cooperation, Strategies and Policies for Informatics.
By request of the governments of member countries, ICAP specific consults each, which are intended to give practical answers to problems of institutional management. The area also promotes horizontal cooperation among member countries of the ICAP.
This area is responsible for updating the knowledge of the American public, nourished with the results of regional and national efforts to encourage the exchange of ideas and reflection on current issues in public administration. This will conduct research and applied basic type, which address different problems, both public policy and general conduct of government affairs.
ICAP maintained a vigorous publishing program, emphasizing not only technical works and updated on issues relevant to public administration, but also publishes the American Journal of Public Administration. In addition, the Documentation Centre specializes in public administration, government and Central American integration is aimed at a Resource Center and Learning Information, CRIA, promoting a strategy to make visible and manage the knowledge generated in this area in Central America . It has a database of more than 15,000 records in his collection, virtual library and a presence in local, regional and global information