Advancing public administration in South Asia and beyond Connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners Collaborating for fair governance and inclusive development Connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners Collaborating for fair governance and inclusive development

Welcome to SANPA

South Asian Network for Public Administration (SANPA) was established on the 8th day of the month of November in 2020 as a network of knowledge community to foster research, knowledge production, capacity building, knowledge dissemination, and strengthening regional and international partnerships in areas of Public Administration in South Asia and beyond.


Professor Akhlaque Haque awarded the 2023 Donald C. Stone Service Award

SANPA Vice President Professor Akhlaque Haque has been selected to receive an award for his contributions to the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. Haque is a professor of political science and public administration at UAB. ASPA has invited Haque to receive the award at its 2023 annual conference, which will take place March 20-24. The Donald C. Stone Service Award was created to honor members who have made significant contributions to society.


SANPA organized its first webinar in 2023 on 12 February via zoom platform. Professor Leslie Pal of Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Professor Ishtiaq Jamil of the University of Bergen presented the keynote on ‘publishing scholarly writings: how and where’. Professor Habib Zafarullah, President of SANPA, moderated the webinar and Dr Shabana Naveed, SANPA General Member and of the University of Central Punjab, made the concluding remarks. Many scholars and practitioners from different universities and countries attended the webinar. SANPA’s institutional partner South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG), provided logistics assistance in hosting the webinar.

EC Meeting

The first meeting of 2023 of the Executive Committee was held on 22 January 2023 with Professor Habib Zafarullah, President, SANPA, in the chair. The meeting adopted the annual work plan (AWP) for 2023. One of the key targets for 2023 is to publish a book on Sustainable Development Goals and Experiences from the Global South. The meeting emphasised stronger partnerships with its institutional partners and, as such, approved a joint work plan with the South Asian Institute for Policy and Governance (SIPG), North South University. The meeting accepted some scholars and practitioners as its Honorary, General and Associate members.

Recent Academic Outputs

Handbook on Asian Public Administration has been released recently by Edward Elgar. SANPA members: Professor Noore Alam Siddiquee, Professor Alex Bello Brillantes, Jr, Professor Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, Professor Habib Zafarullah, Professor Yaamina Salman, Dr Sidra Irfan, Dr Amani Moazzam, Professor Ishtiaq Jamil, Dr Shabana Naveed contributed several chapters in the book.

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