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Title:Redesigning African Civil Service Reforms
Author:Olowu, Bamidele
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:administrative reform
Politics and Government
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161466
Abstract:Since the late 1980s, many African countries have been reforming their civil service as part of the process of State redesign. Unfortunately, these reforms have had limited impact so far. This article argues that better designed civil service reforms (CSRs) are required which focus on the sustainable enhancement of the capacity of both State and non-State institutions. It first outlines the major elements of civil service reform, based on evaluations of a number of African CSRs, including those of the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Then it shows that the majority of CSRs have failed to address the serious human resource problems confronting civil services in the countries concerned. Five strategies for improvement are suggested: restoring a competitive pay system, improving accountability, decentralizing operations and structures, mobilizing resources, and improving the information base. Bibliogr., sum.