September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: World Bank
Public Sector Governance Group (PRMPS)
Sabina is an international student from Kazakhstan. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Economics. After graduation, she worked both in the private and public sector. In the year of 2007 Sabina was granted a government scholarship (Bolashak) and came to Monterey to gain more knowledge in the Public Sector Management Field.
Sabina’s passion and focus of study is good governance and development in the Central Asia region. In particular, she is concentrating on the issues of effectiveness and better performance in executing public programs. Besides that, Sabina has always been engaged in journalistic activities combined with her main competencies. From writing numerous articles on behalf of the organizations she worked with, to producing her own TV-show; journalism has always been, for Sabina, a tool to promote ideas of better governance and a better life in Kazakhstan.
The International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) was an opportunity for Sabina to get her dream internship at the World Bank’s Public Sector Governance Group (PRMPS). IPSS was her first experience working at an IGO of such caliber. At the PRMPS she worked on the Public Accountability Mechanisms (PAM) project. Within this project she mainly focused on two themes: research on Assets and Income Disclosure, and Freedom of Information (FOI) regimes. Sabina completed research evaluating the access to information held by the government in Kazakhstan and drafting a model law which could ensure that the FOI regime in Kazakhstan is compliant with recognized best practices and criteria of the PAM project.