Myanmar Joins Countries in Global Study on Public Service Motivation

Jul 12, 2017

Bhutan, Brazil, Kenya, Moldova, Myanmar, Seychelles, Tonga and Vanuatu are part of a global study on public service motivation.

Myanmar has joined Bhutan, Brazil, Kenya, Moldova, Seychelles, Tonga and Vanuatu to become part of a group of countries participating in a global study on public service motivation. The study has been initiated by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence based in Singapore.

The Global Study of Intrinsic Motivation in Developing Countries will be a first step for Myanmar to inform the implementation of its Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan launched earlier this week in Nay Pyi Taw by the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB). Motivation has been prioritized by the Government of Myanmar and the UCSB as a key factor underpinning effective civil service transformation.

In many developing countries, poorly paid public servants remain dedicated, engaged and still deliver high quality work and results, suggesting that despite huge challenges and poor incentives, they continue to work faithfully because they are motivated by intrinsic factors, including professional pride, passion for public welfare, and patriotism.

Harnessing the untapped resource of intrinsic motivation in public officials can help strengthen public sector reform and performance. It can also help in the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE) study will help policy makers in developing countries to tap into public servants’ intrinsic motivation as a tool for transformation, reform and improved public service delivery.  

The global study is expected to be completed in early 2018.

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