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Title:Goal displacement in African administration: a preliminary investigation
Author:Bongyu, Moye Godwin
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Africa
civil service
Abstract:Why have Africans not broken the vicious circle of poverty? Why is it that the African situation is becoming tragic? This can be explained by the displacement of goals of African administrations. Public administration occupies a strategic position and should be responsible for development. Its legitimizing ideology is that it stands for the public good. However, African elites preach the goal of development, but neglect the means to this end. The State is seen as a source of personal wealth accumulation. As if in imitation of the colonial era, in the neopatrimonial State in Africa, the administration is exploitative and, as a logical consequence, repressive. Stagnation of society is the result. In order to reverse this situation, the civil servant must be made to believe that public welfare is his sole end. Control is necessary to ensure administrative responsibility and to transform African administrations into real instruments of development. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]