Transforming Public Administration and Management in order to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
 
Report of the37th
 
Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

 
Hosted by
The Republic of Zambia
29th February- 4th March, 2016

 FOREWORD

The Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, were delighted to host the Africa Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) 37th Roundtable Conference (RTC) from 29th February to 4th of March 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. The theme of the conference was “Transforming Public Administration and Management (PAM) to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the  Sustainable Development Goals”. This was the second-time Zambia hosted an AAPAM Annual Roundtable conference. Zambia had earlier on in December 2005 hosted the 27th RTC in Livingstone. The AAPAM conferences have been held annually for over thirty-seven years. The conferences are continental platforms to enhance knowledge, skills and experience of public administrators and managers through sharing of best practices. The conferences also serve as forums for networking and championing development within the continent. The rich mix of stakeholders and delegates attending the AAPAM conferences is a grand potential for addressing the current global socio-economic and political challenges. Consequently, AAPAM premised the 37th RTC theme on the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for the 37th RTC formed the first part of a three-year arch-theme on Transforming Public Administration in Africa. The 37th RTC aimed at helping the actors in the local, national, continental and global arena to effectively drive the development agenda albeit from the public administration and management fronts. It is evident that Public administration and management is the nerve center for realization of such visions, hence the need for transformation. This report gives an insight to the proceedings of the conference. It highlights conceptual and theoretical issues in public administration and management regarding their contribution towards the achievement of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. It also captures the voices and deliberations at the conference with an aim of sharing knowledge and skills to stimulate and encourage the stakeholders and managers in public administration to contribute towards the development of the continent. This report is certainly an important resource material to policy makers, scholars and the general public.

Dr. Roland Msiska

AAPAM President
 

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Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centred Sustainable Development

Report of the 36th Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

Hosted by The Kingdom of Morocco

March 2nd - 6th 2015

AAPAM Partners

1. United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
2. Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)
3. Deloitte East Africa
4. African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD)
5. African Cabinet Government Network (ACGN)
6. International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS)
7. Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada (DFTAD)

FOREWORD

The   African   Association   for   Public   Administration   and   Management   (AAPAM) annual Roundtable  Conference  brings  together  public  administration  and  management  experts,  practitioners  and  stakeholders  across  Africa  and  beyond.  It  is  a  premier  event  aimed  at  enhancing  and  sharing  knowledge  on  international  best  practices.  It is a forum that aims at creating awareness on global socio-economic successes, challenges and lessons learnt in the field of public administration and management. Various participants with diverse backgrounds and  expertise  come  together  to  find  common  solutions  to  public  sector  problems,  share  experiences, discuss emerging issues and develop networks geared towards the development of Africa. AAPAM captures the proceedings of the conference sessions and publishes them as a knowledge sharing tool. The 36th  Roundtable Conference held from the 2nd  to the 6th  of March 2015 in Rabat, Kingdom Morocco,  focused  on  the  theme:  “Effective  Partnerships  for  Citizen  Centered  Sustainable  Development”.  The  conference  provided  a  rich  platform  for  sharing  knowledge,  experience and  practical  skills  in  addressing  concerns  plaguing  effective  implementation  of  the  citizen centered  development  in  Africa.  In  this  regard,  the  conference  elaborately  discussed  the  role  of  partnership  in  propelling  development  in  Africa.  The  Rabat  conference  provided  a  forum  for  peer  learning,  mentorship  and  networking  for  stakeholders  in  public  administration  and  management.  It was conducted through scholarly and practical presentations, open discussions, and specialized group discussion sessions. It also witnessed the awarding of the 2015 AAPAM Gold Medal and 7th AAPAM Innovative Management Award Winners. Africa needs to move forward as a continent and evolve from being labelled as a developing country  to  one  characterized  by  efficiency,  citizen’s  access  quality  to  services  and  overall  effectiveness in governance and leadership. For this to take place, it is imperative that countries and  governments  across  the  continent  should  work  hand  in  hand  to  achieve  the  “Africa  We  Want”. This report gives an insight to the proceedings of the AAPAM 36th Roundtable Conference. It is an enriched knowledge sharing publication capturing the issues discussed and resolutions made in the conference in Morocco.  The report voices the experiences and knowledge of a rich mix of experts and stakeholders drawn from all over Africa and beyond.  This report is a timeless knowledge fountain for even more years to come.

Dr. Roland Msiska

AAPAM President

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Strengthening Citizen Engagement through Decentralization to Enhance Public Service Delivery in Africa

Report of 33rd Roundtable Conference of the Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM).

Lilongwe,Malawi 14 – 18 November 2011

Hostedby
Republic of Malawi

Principal Sponsors

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
The Commonwealth Secretariat
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Canadian international Development Agency (CIDA)

Acknowledgements

AAPAM successfully held the 33rd Roundtable in Lilongwe Malawi, a feat that was made possible by the commitment and dedication shown by the Government and the people of Malawi. Hon. Henry Chimunthu Banda, Speaker of the Malawian National Assembly delivered a speech on behalf of the President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency President Professor Ngwazi Bingu Wa Mutharika, in addition, the culture of Malawi was showcased through the traditional songs and dance that the delegates were graced with. Special thanks are extended to the National Organizing committee (NOC) team under the stewardship of Mr. N. Mhura, Deputy Chief Secretary in the office of the president and Cabinet, for their proper planning and logistic arrangements. Sincere gratitude goes to the team of Rapporteurs who documented proceedings of the conference with precision. AAPAM wishes to acknowledge the consistent technical and financial support provided by our Developmental partners namely: The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), through the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), the Commonwealth Secretariat through the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
 

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Quality Leadership for Efficient and Effective Management of Public Service in Africa

Report of the 35 Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public

Administration and Management (AAPAM)

Hosted by

The Government of Rwanda

November 18th - 22nd 2013

 

FOREWORD

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Annual Round- table conference brings together experts, practitioners and stakeholders in the public administration and management spheres in Africa and beyond. It is a premier event aimed at enhancing knowledge on international best practices. It is a forum to create awareness on global socio-economic successes, challenges and lessons learned. Various participants drawn from diverse cadres thus come together to find common solutions to public sector problems, share experiences and develop networks geared towards the development of Africa. The 35th Roundtable Conference held from the 18th – 22nd November 2013 in Kigali Serena, Rwanda, focused on the theme: “Quality Leadership for Efficient and Effective Management of Public Service in Africa”. The theme accurately recognized that the end product in all public service sectors is determined by the quality of leadership. For many years, development redundancy in Africa has been attributed to lack of quality leadership. The public service in Africa has been daunted for poor services both by the citizens as well as the experts. Nevertheless visible progress has been made in service delivery across the continent. One of the pertinent issues as far as public service is concerned is leadership. Hence the conference elaborately discussed quality leadership and its linkage to effective management of the public service in Africa. This report gives an insight to the proceedings of the 35th Roundtable conference. The participants gained from the diverse country's experiences and expertise presentations that formed the epicenter of the event. The conference was also enriched with different stakeholders' participation that enlisted the breakaway sessions for the various groups present like the academia, the human resource, African union CAMPS and AAPAM Young Professionals Network. As illustrated in these proceedings, the conference underscored the need for African leaders to be innovative and creative and committed to addressing the ever dynamic and complex contemporary challenges plaguing the continent. The conference called on African leaders to be competent and adopt behavioral change management strategies. It advocated for strengthening execution capability and diverse implementation and monitoring mechanisms. Quality Leadership was cited as a product of institutions hence insightful institutional transformation through effective reform administrative systems is key. The conference also highlighted the importance of human resource managers who are seen as pivotal in helping leaders to grow and deliver. Transformational leadership that results to Africa's prosperity and sustainable development is a concerted effort, which no one country or leader could achieve alone. To this regard, I call upon member states, the entire international community, African managers and administrators to utilize the skills and knowledge highlighted in this conference report.

Abdon Agaw Jok Nhial

AAPAM President
 

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Performance Management for Improving Public Service Delivery in Africa

Report of the 34th

Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

Hosted by

The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar

November 12th -16th 2012

FOREWORD

The 34th Roundtable Conference held from 12th - 16th November 2012 in Zanzibar Tanzania focused on the Theme: “Performance Management for Improving Public Service Delivery in Africa”. The Conference theme reflects the reality in many parts the world, where citizens’ day-to-day engagement with government largely revolves around the delivery of public services. In Africa, more and more citizens are zealously putting governments to task and demanding results. Hence, improving public service delivery remains one of the greatest concerns of most governments in the contemporary society.  In assembling papers for presentation, AAPAM always invites the public to submit original works based on the Conference theme. The purpose of the worldwide ‘Call for Papers’ is to provide an open forum where researchers, practitioners and the general public can submit well researched original works. After a rigorous vetting process, selected papers are presented at the Conference and subsequently published into a report. The conference papers and discussions offered participants an in-depth comparative analysis drawn from diverse contexts. By creating such platforms for sharing knowledge and foster professionalism, AAPAM continues to stimulate and encourage research in administration and management discipline. This report is an account of the presentations at the 34th Roundtable Conference. It details conceptual and theoretical issues on performance management with reference to improving service delivery. It integrates the plenary discussions which offer practical questions of application and utility of performance management models. The raison d’être being to make a determination of what worked, what failed and for what reasons, as well as questioning what the future indicates for the efficacious application of the service delivery improvement interventions. The eclectic presentations in the report are as a result of research conducted in different African countries. It also contains presentations from other countries beyond Africa such as Korea and Canada. This Report is an important resource material to give guidance to policy makers, researchers, students and the general public.

Abdon Agaw Jok Nhial

AAPAM President

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