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Title:APRM and the quest for capable public administration in Africa in the 21th century: issues and challenges
Authors:Bandora, Musinga T.
Mulikita, Njunga M.
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:public administration
Abstract:A core element of good governance is a capable democratic State underpinned by a capable and result-oriented public administration. Such a State must be embedded in the public will, relying on legitimacy through the democratic process, with strong institutions promoting the public interest and not the interests of a minority elite. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). It is argued in this article that APRM, despite its limitations, offers civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders strategic space that can be used to leverage from ruling elites administrative reforms which facilitate the transformation of inert public bureaucracies into capable public administrations which can serve as catalysts for sustainable human development and realization of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]