Competence in

Public Governance, Management and Finance

KDZ is a non-profit association that promotes the strengthening of the public sector and public governance.

Particularly, we are committed to...

  • Effective governance in and between public sector organisations
  • Multi-level governance & cooperation with citizens and civil society
  • Trust, accountability and legitimacy of state and administration
  • Resilience in response to global uncertainties
  • Transparent and fair financing of public services
  • Sustainable financial equalisation between local authorities
  • Smart and humane digitalisation
  • Social, inclusive and sustainable action by public administration
  • Administrative modernisation in the European context
With a membership you

enable the non-profit work of the KDZ...

  • Carrying out practice-oriented research projects
  • Running information and knowledge platforms
  • Exchange of knowledge between actors in the public sector
  • Producing publications on public governance and finance
  • Building networks on public administration issues
  • Running trainings and practical forums on public administration issues

of your membership

Institutional members receive reduced rates for fee-based services provided by the KDZ...

  • Research assignments
  • Organisational consulting
  • Further training events

Members receive exclusive access to...

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KDZ members platform (for institutional members only)

The KDZ member platform contains KDZ-internal knowledge that is made available to the members of the KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research. Our members can download and work with these documents free of charge.

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Members and customers of Bank Austria will find user-oriented and practical tools for analysing and planning community finances.

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Special member events

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Telephone information service of the KDZ experts

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KDZ library and documentation service

The knowledge centre of the KDZ sees itself as an information and documentation facility for the public administration in Austria and is open to all KDZ members. The focus of the collection is on well-founded municipal and administrative science documentation. We currently offer a stock of over 9,000 books and 20,000 selected journal articles from national and international journals.

In our digital knowledge centre, members of the KDZ can find all documents of the knowledge centre for download. Members can order documents that are not available online from us free of charge and will be sent by post.

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Forum Public Management

Forum Public Management is a specialist journal for the public sector. The contributions of the KDZ experts and external authors deal with current and future topics, trends and scientific approaches for politics and the public sector. Together with lively reports from communal practice and reviews of relevant specialist literature, the FPM offers its readers important support for innovative administrative action. The KDZ members receive a free copy of the latest publication.

See FPM issues

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KDZ Publications

The KDZ series contains the publications of the KDZ. The KDZ members receive a free copy of the latest publication.

See Publications

Become a member

The Board of KDZ decides on the admission of (supporting) members. Two types of membership are envisaged:

1. institutional membership: public sector institutions from Europe as well as institutions that cooperate closely with the public sector.

- The membership fee depends on the size and financial strength of the institutions.
- The representatives and staff named by the institution have access to all KDZ member services.
- Institutional members have free access to the KDZ practice planners.

2. personal membership

The membership fee is 150 Euros per year (value-secured).
Personal members can become
- Managers or experts from public sector institutions.
- Researchers and teachers with a connection to public sector issues.
- Persons whose professional activities contribute to the purpose of the KDZ Association
- Political office holders, if they contribute to the achievement of the association's purpose and the membership is not used for political purposes.
- Students with an interest in public sector issues (reduced membership fee of 50 euros - value assured).

Your contact for questions:



Board members

Supporting members - institutions / federal government / states / business

Supporting members - cities and municipalities

Lower Austria
Upper Austria
Kelmend Zajazi
Kelmend Zajazi | Executive Director of NALAS
The long-term cooperation with KDZ means a lot to us at NALAS. In KDZ we found a peer that fully understands who we are.
Isabelle Verschuren | Federal Public Service Policy and Support (BOSA), CAF correspondent of Belgium
In the last years Belgium has planned and organised many different CAF activities (e.g. CAF training, Certification of CAF label) together with KDZ.
Josep Medrano | Director of Strategic Planning and Taxation, City of Barcelona
For the City of Barcelona, the collaboration with KDZ through the European "Cities for Sustainable Public Finances (CSPF)" has reached a qualitative advance.


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Public Management Consulting

Our focus

  • Financial Management and VRV 2015
  • Organisational and Administrative Development
  • Control and Management Systems
  • Citizens and Customer Service
  • Strategy and Innovation Development
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European Governance and Urban Policy

Our focus

  • International Know How Exchange and Capacity Building
  • Urban Policy in Europe
  • CAF-Centre and Reform of Public Administration
  • Open Data
  • Knowledge Management and Networking