Warm greetings from the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Executive Commitiee and Secretariat. It is my hope that you are all in good health and are keeping safe. Since early March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged African countries compromising already fragile economics and undermining essential service delivery to citizens who have never needed these services more! It is our hope that you have remained steady in your commitment to enhance service delivery in the continent and have adopted to the agile and innovation approaches to service delivery that have proven necessary for this period. As an organization we continue to reaffirm our commitment towards building professional resilient public servants who are capable of steering African countries through the darkest of times with tenacity.
On this edition, we continue to focus on transforming public administration in Africa in line with African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the COVID- 19 era. To this end, we have embarked on more partnerships that have culminated into training programmes, policy documents and research agenda. So far, we have entered into agreement with the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI), i C U B E FA R M , C e n t r e f o r E n v i r o n m e n t a l Management and Participatory Development (CEMPD), Stellenbosch University and United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN).
We look forward to our continued collaborations with the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC),African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA),UNDESA, UCLGA, National Integrity Academy – Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of Kenya (EACC) , Uganda Institute of Management (UMI) , National Institute of Public Administration(NIPA), Observatory of Public Service Innovation (OPSI/OCED) among others. We begin this edition with conversations with the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship programme alumni, you will recall that the ALT programme was a partnership between AAPAM, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), supported by the Mastercard Foundation.
Our featured alumni from Nigeria and Gambia share their experiences in Canada as well as their aspirations for the Continent in terms of public administration. AAPAM has sent out letiers to all heads of public service informing them of the presence of the alumni, I encourage all senior level administrators to take an interest in these alumni and where possible give them opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to build your respective countries. I am also pleased to announce a series of leadership capacity building webinars that will be conducted between February and October 2021 as a follow up to the ALT programme. All young Professionals are welcome to join the series.