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Title:An enabling and sustainable framework for leadership and governance in Africa
Authors:Maphunye, Kealeboga
Busieka, MataywaISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:civil service
African agreements
Abstract:Global changes and internal transformations in many African countries have radically transformed the principles and foundations of public administration practice. In particular, greater emphasis has been placed on the principles of transparency and accountability, participation and responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness, equity and access to services. This paper examines the draft African Public Service Charter (APSC) and its gradual evolvement into a thematic area within the framework of the Pan African Conference of African Ministers of Public/Civil Service. The APSC was adopted in October 2008 at the 6th Conference of African Ministers of Public/Civil Service as a transformation tool for public services in Africa. Subject to review by the AU member States' legal experts, the charter will be presented to the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government for ratification. The paper first outlines the key elements of the APSC. It then argues why it would be a useful instrument for South Africa. The paper concludes that the APSC is an innovative continental framework, but that as a result of its topdown approach, it may fail to garner grassroots' support. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]