PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN DEVELOPING SOCIEIES
The Public Administration in the Third World Conference was held
to aid a project for boys and girls in Villa Mella. The activity
took place in the Professional Orientation Salon of the Autonomous
University of Santo Domingo´s (UASD) Pedro Mir Library on Monday,
March 30, 2009, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Dr. Michael Frazier (Ph.D.),
Director of the Department of Political Science at Howard University
in Washington DC, and his collegue Dr. Addul Karim (Ph.D.) were
the guest speakers. The conference was sponsored and organized by
the Guanín Cultural Tourism Center, Inc.
The conference was based upon the elements of development
and how public administration plays a principal role in helping
to achieve the developmental goals of both the people and
Dr. Michael Frazier has worked professionally in the field
of public administration and public service for more than
26 years, and has achieved the highest level of education
(Ph.D.) in the fields of public administration and international
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Doctor
of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Relations and Public
Administration, 1989. Master of Arts (MA) in American Government,
University of Cincinnati, Ohio Master of Community
Planning (MCP), 1975. Master of Communication Arts (MA), 1975.
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia Bachelors
of Arts in History and Political Science (BA), 1973.
Left to Right
Dr. Ph.D Micheal Frazier, Dr. Abdul Karim, Lic. Yovanny Severino
Polanco, Arq. Thereza Santiago and Dr. Lino Reyes Tamayo
Dr. Frazier is a member of more than 10 federal agencies, governmental
groups, volunteer and military organizations. He has presented talks,
lectures, and training programs in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland,
Latvia, Brazil, Japan, China, Serbia, Dominican Republic, and other
The Guanín Cultural Tourism Center, Inc. has had the privilege
of inviting these two experts in public administration and international
relations from Howard University, Washington D.C., U.S.A., to become
involved in the Center´s activities and to help in the development
of our country and the Dominican people.
The aim of the conference was to launch a project for boys and
girls in the community of Villa Mella, to develop a work agenda,
and to provide opportunities for Dominican students and professionals
who are interested in earning their Masters and Doctoral degrees
in the field of public administration. In his lecture, Dr. Michael
emphasized the quantity of fellowships that his university could
offer students and professionals in the Dominican Republic, and
he also talked about the various programs that could be supported
by his university, such as training and improvement programs, workshops,
and university courses.
These programs will be developed jointly between Howard
University and Guanín Cultural Tourism Center, Inc., which
will be the local institution responsible for the programs´
implementation in the Dominican Republic.
The distinguished visitors arrived in the Dominican Republic
on Saturday, March 28, 2009, and on Sunday the 29th went to
visit the community of Mata los Indios in Villa Mella, where
they participated in a presentation by the Cofradía de los
Congos del Espíritu Santo of Villa Mella; this syncretic expression
of culture mixes both Spanish and African elements. It definitely
caught their attention and they were both charmed and emotionally
moved by the music and the dancing.
Lic. Severino Polanco, President of the Guanín Cultural Tourism
Center, Inc., accompanied by Dr. Lino Reyes Tamayo, the Center´s
legal assessor, and others, went to visit the land that has been
selected for the boys´ and girls´ project. Dr. Michael Frazier and
Addul Karim had a good look at both the land and the outlines of
The project will include the following: Classrooms and various
rooms or areas designed for use as conference rooms, a library,
computer laboratory, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms for volunteers,
a recreation area, basketball court, volleyball court, baseball
diamond, and swimming pool, among others.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Master of Arts in Public Administration
(MAPA) degree Program at Howard University propose to establish
a cooperative relations between the Centro Cultural "Guanin"
Inc., and a public university in Santo Domingo. The purpose
cooperative relationship is to identify qualified graduate
students to study public administration at Howard University.
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo as well as the Government
of the Dominican Republic can enhance the initiatives with
visas and internship placements.
Collaboration will be undertaken, subject to the approval
of the Office of The Provost at Howard University and other
appropriate governmental and not-for profit institutions,
through such activities or programs relating to:
Arq. Thereza Santiago and Dr. Micheal Frazier
- Full-time study to earn a MAPA degree
(This professional degree is accredited by the National Association
of schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
- Exchange of faculty members
- Exchange of students
- Joint research activities
- Participation in seminars and academic meetings
- Exchange of academic materials and other information
- Special short-term academic programs " Professional Development
RATIONAL FOR COOPERATION:
For many public administration is the key instrument of economic
development in poor and developing societies. Howard University's
MAPA program can help train non-elected officials in public policy
and public administration subjects. That is, if adequate funding
can be secured. In this regard the MAPA curriculum can increase
these non-government officials as well as civil servants public
administration skills, abilities and competence in the following:
- Ethical guidelines concerning decision making
- Accountability of public agencies
- Technological complexities of government
- Economy of efficiency
- Effectiveness of programs
A collaborative exchange program is one way to foster increase
competence for officials managing public administration program
and activities in developing societies. A collaborative exchange
program is one way to foster increase competence for officials managing
public administration program and activities in developing societies.
The Dominican Republic's economy is highly dependent upon the US,
the source of nearly three-fourths of exports, and remittances represent
about a tenth of GDP, equivalent to almost half of exports and three-quarters
of tourism receipts. The need is greater than ever for talented
and well trained individuals to develop and carry out programs that
constitute a third of the gross national product in the Dominican
Republic. This program will promote U.S. society and values and
will contribute to share positive visions.
MAPA TIME FRAME: Two years of full time study including
a summer internship ideally somewhere in an appropriate assignment
in the Dominican republic, August - May.
AUDIENCE: University students and teaching staff; NGOs
and cultural institutions; media, broader audiences
PROPOSED FUNDING: USAID, religious institutions, scholarships,
grant from government of the Dominican Republic.
NAME OF COLLABORATIVE UNIVERSITY: A university is to be
identified by the Centro Cultural "Guanin" Inc.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: The program will be conducted in English.
For further information Contact: Lic. Severino Polanco firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish to thank the architect Thereza Santiago for her great efforts
and for having translated to English the presentations of the Conference,
engineer Manuel Eduardo Feliz and engineer Cristian Javier David
about the logistics of the project; arquitect Marlenin Antigua Nina,
designer of the project; Dr. Lino Reyes Tamayo, the Centro Guanín´s
legal assessor; Mrs. Rosa Wessin, President of the Neighborhood
Committee, Colonial Zone; Lic. Severino Polanco, President of Centro
Guanín; Dr. Ph.D. Lynne Guitar, Cultural Advisor, Melvi Moronta,
accountant; Marinnely, Esthel and others.