The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) is a premier international professional organization that promotes best practice and excellence in public administration and management in Africa through research, publications, training, seminars, consultancy, conferences and awards. AAPAM membership includes African governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations, practitioners, academicians and young professionals. AAPAM operates mainly but not exclusively in Africa.

Founded close to fifty years ago, AAPAM has led efforts to strengthen the administrative and management capacities of African public administration. These efforts date back to 1962, when a group of Permanent Secretaries in charge of Public Services from several African countries, met to discuss two main problems, among others, facing the African Public Services then. 

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 its first President, Kenya Cabinet Minister the late 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), Mr. Abdon Agaw Jok Nhial (South Sudan), Dr. Roland Msiska, (Zambia) and currently . AAPAM is governed through the General Assembly, Executive Committee, Council and Secretariat.

Our Mandate

AAPAM derives its mandate from the Constitution and Rules as approved by the General Assembly in Livingstone, Zambia, 7th December 2005

Our Vision

To be the leading professional association for African public service practitioners and managers.

Our Mission

To promote and spearhead Best Practice, Excellence and Professionalism in Public Administration and Management

AAPAM aims to:

  • Provide a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences between Public Administrators, Managers, Scholars and Teachers of Public Administration and Management in Africa.
  • Bring together top African Administrators and Managers to discuss topical managerial problems with a view to sharing experiences and trying to find solutions to Africa’s development problems.
  • Foster professionalization of Public Administration and Management in Africa.
  • Assist, encourage and contribute to the study of the problems and techniques of Public Administration and management in the African continent.
  • Promote research in Public Administration and Management on the African continent.
  • Foster affiliation and maintain liaison with other international bodies and organizations interested in public administration and management.

Our Core Values

  • Commitment to enhance delivery of quality public service in Africa.
  • Commitment to research and development to improve the quality of public services in Africa.
  • Commitment to the principles of good governance in member states
  • Results oriented.
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Commitment to teamwork