African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) is an International professional organization that promotes Best practice, Excellence and Professionalism in public administration and management in Africa through; research, publications, training seminars, conferences and awards. AAPAM services extends to the private sector and non African States.
The Association was formed in 1971 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Its head quarters is in, Nairobi, Kenya. AAPAM has led efforts to strengthen the administrative and management capacities of African public administration systems. These efforts date back to 1962, when a group of Permanent Secretaries in charge of Public Services from several African countries, met to discuss and address the issues facing the African Public Services.
Similar meetings came to be held every year in rotation in various capitals of independent Africa, and by 1965 every Head of Civil Service looked forward to attending the Inter-African Public Administration Seminar as the meetings came to be known.
In 1971, this network of Heads of Civil Service decided to formalize their assembly – giving birth to African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM). The Association was inaugurated by the President of Sierra Leone, the late Dr. Siaka Stevens and had, as it’s first President, Kenya Cabinet Minister Dr. Robert Ouko.
Other Presidents of AAPAM include Mr. William Wamalwa (Kenya), Dr. Robert Dodoo (Ghana), Dr. Jonathan Chileshe (Zambia), Mr. John Mitala (Uganda), Mr. Tlohang Sekhamane (Lesotho) and currently Mr. Abdon Agaw Jok Nhial (South Sudan).
AAPAM has a membership database of over (500) five hundred top administrators and managers from African Nations and (50) fifty corporate members; which include Institutions and Schools of Public Administration and Management, as well as public sector institutions in Africa. African governments and donor institutions interested in enhancing the development and professionalization of public administration and management support AAPAM with subventions and grants.