GPPN Annual Conference
March 4 to 6, 2022
Hosted by the Hertie School, Berlin
GPPN Annual 2022 Conference
The Hertie School in Berlin hosted the 2022 international conference of
the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) in an online format from Friday 4 March to Sunday 6 March 2022.
Students selected to participate had the opportunity to compete against teams
selected from seven of the most prestigious schools of public affairs
and to network with students from all over the world.
The GPPN invited students from GPPN member schools to identify an important policy challenge in any public policy field and in any regional, international or national context. Students were asked to form teams between 3 and 5 members and work together to develop their proposals.
We were looking for student presentations on public policy proposals that:
Identified an important and pressing public policy problem;
Presented a convincing and innovative solution and demonstrate why this proposal is appropriate to solve the policy problem identified;
Explained how the solution shall be implemented and what implementation challenges will need to be overcome, taking into account available knowledge and the context in which the policy challenge occurs.
Information on the winning teams and projects of the 2022 GPPN Annual Conference can be found here.
The student projects were assessed against the following criteria:
25% Problem Analysis
20% Strength of Solution & Real-World Feasibility
15% Implementation Analysis
15% Long-Term Sustainability
25% Quality of Presentation
Teams and proposals selected by their policy school to participate in the GPPN Conference at the
Hertie School each gave an “elevator pitch” presentation of up to 3 minutes on the first day, followed by questions of the jury.
The Jury, composed of the Deans of the GPPN schools, selected up to 10 teams/proposals. The teams competed against each other on the second day of the conference. The second presentation was for up to 5 minutes per team, followed by questions from the Jury. The presentations sought to answer the questions raised by the Jury and integrate the feedback provided during the first round of the competition.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in academic and social events organised by the Hertie School during the conference.
Please see the Conference Booklet for the Conference Schedule, abstracts of the students' projects, participating teams and the 2022 GPPN Jury Members.
In 2021 and 2022, several of the countries that are home to GPPN member schools have seen important transitions in power or have consequential elections coming up. Public Policy Schools can be affected by the outcomes of elections, as politics and policy change after an election. They accompany elections as scientific observers of the processes surrounding elections. And they can play an active role in elections and transitions through their alumni, faculty and student body.
This roundtable discussion heard the Deans of GPPN member schools share their views on the voice of public policy schools in elections and transitions of power, drawing on their experiences working within different institutional approaches as well as political contexts.
In light of the current COVID-19 developments, the Hertie School, in consultation with the GPPN partner schools, concluded it was no longer possible to plan for an in-person Conference nor guarantee the safety and health of participants. Therefore, the GPPN Network decided to move the Conference to a fully online format, meaning that participants will not travel to Berlin to participate in-person, but will access the Conference via an online platform.