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Title:Administrative and civil service reform in Equatorial Guinea
Author:Mangué Nnandongo, GuillermoISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Equatorial Guinea
Subjects:administrative reform
civil service reform
Abstract:In Equatorial Guinea, various administrative and public service reform efforts aimed at improving government efficiency in service delivery have been undertaken since independence in 1968. The author examines these reform efforts, distinguishing two historical periods: the first regime, under the dictatorship of President Francisco Macias Nguema (1968-1979), and the second regime (1979 to date), commonly known as Una Guinea Mejor (A Better Guinea), under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. The author concludes that the numerous changes in structure, operating style and orientation have failed to achieve any of their objectives, because of inappropriate diagnosis of the root problems confronting the civil service. Administrative reforms often were a by-product of broader political and/or administrative changes with no direct links between administrative reforms and civil service performance and the efficiency of the public administration as a whole. The almost exclusive focus on staff reduction to reduce costs resulted in an unbalanced personnel structure. The reforms generally did not seek the participation of the key stake holders, the civil servants themselves. This has resulted in a low level of support from senior civil servants, which has hampered the successful implementation of the reforms. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]