THE 78th Edition Newletter 2015





 Greetings from the Executive Committee,Council and Secretariat of African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM). The year 2014 was truly an exciting year for AAPAM as we sought to address potent issues in public administration in the African continent. AAPAM 2014 programmes included; Leadership Capacity Building workshop, held in collaboration with the Kenya School of Government Nairobi (KSG); Governance and Financial Administration workshop, held in collaboration with the Center of Specialization in Public Administration and Management (CESPAM) of the University of Botswana; and the Young Professionals Conference, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Republic of Kenya. It is our sincere hope that the programmes offered went a long way towards building your capacity as a public administrator and leader. AAPAM has partnered with a number of organizations over the years. Since 2001, AAPAM and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) have collaborated on numerous programmes across Africa, delving on topics ranging from governance to gender mainstreaming. This year, AAPAM, IPAC and the Kenya School of Government (KSG) will hold a training course on Leading Change Effectively in Government from 27 th – 29 th January 2015 at KSG Nairobi, the training will be delivered by experienced public servants from across the world. For more 2015 programmes keep visiting our website to view a detailed calendar of events. From our books corner, AAPAM converted some of the papers from the Roundtable conference into books as a way to stimulate reserach and readership; this has resulted in the publication of two new books; Citizen Engagement, Decentralization and Service Delivery in Africa, and Performance Management for Improving Public Service Delivery in Africa. The Publications outline simple facts about the facets of public administration. Through our publications, we hope to spark debate on the various approaches of improving service delivery. We envisage that the books will be particularly helpful to public sector leaders tasked with the responsibility of ensuring quality and timely service delivery, scholars, researchers and avid readers. Due to unavoidable circumstances, the 36 th Roundtable conference scheduled for November 2014 did not take place. Our sincere apologies for any inconveniences caused due to the cancellation. After numerous consultations and an invitation from the Kingdom of Morocco, I am glad to announce that the 36th Roundtable conference will be held from 2 nd – 6 th March 2015, in Rabat Morocco under the theme: “Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centered Sustainable Development” The 36 th Roundtable Conference will also have an important element to it; members will recall that AAPAM elections for the Executive Committee are held after every 3 years; having completed the postulated time frame, the term for both the Executive Committee and the Council will end at the conference; the General Assembly will hold elections to elect new holders. I encourage all members to plan to attend this conference; we look forward to having fruitful deliberations as well as deciding the future leadership of AAPAM. Esteemed members, this Newsletter will mark my last editorial as AAPAM president, I humbly step down from this position; it has truly been an honor serving the Association. As AAPAM President and a public servant, I have had the distinct pleasure of interacting with public servants from across the world and witnessing changes in the African continent; an experience I will forever carry with me. Although I will make my farewell statement in the Kingdom of Morocco, allow me to acknowledge: African governments, and specifically my home country South Sudan, for their unwavering support to AAPAM; our development partners IPAC, UNDESA, AU, Commonwealth Secretariat; esteemed members for your continued support to me personally and to AAPAM and finally the zealous AAPAM Secretariat. I wish the incoming Executive Committee all the best as they step into this exciting role. Allow me to bid you farewell.

Yin aca leec,


Abdon Agaw Nhial

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The 36th AAPAM Roundtable Conference was held in Rabat, the Kingdom of Morocco, from 2 nd -6 th March 2015. This is the first time the AAPAM premier event was hosted in the Maghreb Region - North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Equally unique was the fact that this was the first AAPAM conference to be conducted in three languages namely; Arabic, English and French. The Annual International event held under the theme

Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centered Sustainable Development ”, 

was co-hosted by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco through the Ministry of Public Sector and the Modernization of Administration at the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Rabat. The 36 th Roundtable was initially scheduled for November 2014 but due to unavoidable circumstances the conference was held in March 2015.




Dear Esteemed Readers, it is an honor to present to you the 79 th Newsletter edition on behalf of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Executive Committee 2015-2017. First and foremost, allow me to appreciate the outgoing AAPAM Executive Committees for their immense dedication and excellent leadership. Under the leadership of the former AAPAM president Mr. Abdon Jok Nhial-Secretary to the Cabinet Government of South Sudan, the Executive Committee continued to strongly fortify the AAPAM networks, memberships, partnerships and programmes. Their efforts have certainly and greatly contributed not only to the progress of AAPAM but also to the development of the African continent. We sincerely thank the outgoing Executive Committee and Council for a job excellently done. We equally appreciate AAPAM members and entire fraternity for granting us the privilege to serve as a new Executive Committee and Council. We plan to further fortify the partnerships and programmes initiated to enhance AAPAM’s mission and vision. The year 2015 was a busy and exiting time for AAPAM. The year began with the 36 th Roundtable Conference, held for the first time in the Maghreb Region by the Kingdom of Morocco from 2 nd -6 th March 2015. The conference under the theme, “Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centered Sustainable Development” was delivered, for the first time, in 3 languages; Arabic, English and French. This was a major achievement for AAPAM. This 79 th Newsletter edition highlights programmes conducted in partnership with various organizations for the purpose of knowledge sharing and capacity building. AAPAM In partnership the Centre of Specialization in Public Administration and Management (CESPAM) of the University of Botswana, delivered a three day executive course on ‘ Enhancing Public Governance and Management in Africa ’ at Tlotlo Conference Centre, Gaborone, Botswana from 11th to 13th August 2015. In the same month, AAPAM in collaboration with the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), held a seminar on Development from 18th to 20 th August 2015 at the ASCON complex in Lagos, Nigeria under the theme “ Capacity Building for Transforming Public Sector Organizations in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Options”. AAPAM in partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning- Kenya held a successful forum focusing on the Devolution and Development in Nairobi Kenya from 8th -10th December 2015. The Forum whose theme was “ Devolution Agenda- Reflections” was premised on the need to explore the devolution agenda in Kenya. African countries in attendance included; the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Nigeria, Lesotho, and Sudan. Under the aegis of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), AAPAM and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), started the African Leaders of Tomorrows programme. The program seeks to award scholarships to African professionals for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Public Policy in Universities in Canada. The scholarship programme which started in 2015 will continue until 2019. I encourage all interested individuals to visit the AAPAM website for more details on the scholarship programme. The Association was also represented in continental and global policy programmes including the African Union Public Service Day in Brazzaville Congo, the 14 th Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administratio in New York, USA and the 7th Edition of the Africities Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am delighted to inform you thatAAPAM continues to disseminate knowledge through its biannual and annual publications. AAPAM’s book on Performance Management for Improving Public Service Delivery in Africa is based on the articles presented at the 34th Roundtable Conference held in November 2012 in Zanzibar. The book seeks to provide the public with literature based and practical and empirical research on the significance of quality leadership in the effective and efficient delivery of public service in Africa. The book is now available. Esteemed Reader, I also take this opportunity to welcome you to the 37th AAPAM Annual Roundtable Conference from 29th February -4th March 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. I personally invite delegates tojoin us as we explore the theme “Transforming Public Administration and Management (PAM) in order to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals As I conclude, it is my hope that we continue to grow and holistically serve people without restrictions or delay. I will end with the words of Margaret Chase Smith who said “public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation” . It is my desire that as we strive to cause effectiveness in the public sector to ensure development at a national and continental level, that the personnel in the public sector would equally be dedicated to learning and being the change they wish to see in Africa. Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Roland Msiska- AAPAM President

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AAPAM 38th Annual Roundtable Conference - El,

Jadida, Kingdom of Morocco.

Over the years, AAPAM Roundtable conferences have grown to be one of Africa’s premier events foundational to public administration and management in the continent and beyond. The conferences have registered not only an increase in the number of participants but also an upsurge in activity critical to fostering development in Africa. The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) held its 38th Round-table Conference (RTC) from 6th to 10th November 2017 atMagazan Beach & Resort, in El, Jadida, Kingdom of Morocco. The conference held under the theme

"A Transformed Leadership: Managing Natural Resources to achieve the Objectives of African Union Agenda 2063 within the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals"


From the President

Dear Esteemed Members, Happy New Year greetings from African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Executive Committee, Council and Secretariat, we send you good tidings of joy and prosperity for the year 2018. It is my distinct pleasure to bring you the 82nd Newsletter edition, as it has been our tradition, this newsletter details the activities, plans and programmes. Friends, I wish to begin by thanking all of you who joined us at the 38th Roundtable Conference in El Jadida, Kingdom of Morocco as we discussed management of national resources in conformity to continental and global development aspirations. This conference was hosted in collaboration Ministry of Civil Service and Modernization of Administration, under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed IV of Morocco. I believe that all those who attended gained immensely from the conference programs and activities. I am also pleased to announce that AAPAM has developed a 5-year Revenue Mobilization Plan (RMP). The plan highlights synergies that will be created to collate AAPAM resources so as to assure the mandate of professionalizing public administration byknowledge sharing is actualized. The RMP also adopts strategic homegrown solutions to optimize resource sustainability. In this edition, read more about the School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA)- University of Pretoria’s 10th Annual International Conference on Public Administration programme where AAPAM Secretary General Dr. Scott delivered a presentation on key theoretical perspectives of public administration and how these perspectives could be applied to enhance the functioning of public administration. We are grateful to the Director, Prof. Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu who extended courtesies to AAPAM. We continue to encourage partnerships with research-based organizations such as Universities and Management Development Institutions (MDIs). AAPAM was privileged to participate in the Symposium on Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa held from 11th to 13th December 2017 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia. The symposium was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). This edition likewise shares with you the discussions on how governments could integrate the Agenda 2063, SDGs and other relevant international agreements into their national planning processes, policies, strategies and public institutions as reflected in the symposium In October 2017 AAPAM participated in the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa) validation workshop of the Regional Information and Knowledge Resource Centres (RIKRCs) study in Arusha, Tanzania. The forum focused on the establishment of regional resources centers in the Eastern, Southern and West Africa regions. These centres will act as a reservoir for information and knowledge resources for stakeholders in Local Governments. We will continue to provide more information on the development of the Executive Master course in public administration. Since 2015, AAPAM in partnership with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) have been conducting the African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Programme, funded of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the MasterCard Foundation. I am glad to announce that the first class graduated in 2017. The class of 2017 comprised of seven exceptional young men and women ready to contribute to the development of the continent. Read about their Canadian study experience and the research finding that emanated from this programme. We welcome back the returning graduates and wish all the aspiring ALT scholars best of luck. In our ‘Healthier you’ segment, we focus on workplace safety. This article gives insights into staff-oriented policies that focus on creating a conducive work environment for all employees. This article is especially important in creating work safety awareness to promote the overall wellbeing of employees. The article rightly deduces that safety starts at the individual level. I continue to encourage you to enlist your participation in AAPAM’s other professional courses in 2018 including; the Regional conference in collaboration with the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) from 28th May to 1st June 2018. The African Public Service Day (APSD) celebration hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco 20th -23rd June 2018. Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies: the role of public administration and management seminar in collaboration with National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Zambia from 15th to 17th August 2018. and the Citizen participation and inclusivity seminar in South Africa in September 2018. I wish to remind you all that the AAPAM 39th Annual Roundtable Conference will be hosted by Government of Botswana in Gaborone, this November under the theme Innovation, resourcefulness, integration and inclusivity; fundamentals for the transformation of Governance and Public Administration in Africa to achieve the Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals. This 2018 conference will feature the Innovative Management Awards, Gold Award and Election of AAPAM Executive Committee and Council. Keep visiting the website for more information on the conference. Allow me to congratulate Prof. Margaret Kobia and Mrs. Bridget Katsriku who were recently appointed members of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA). Furthermore we applaud Prof. Kobia on her appointment as Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, Kenya. AAPAM wishes them, and all other AAPAM members venturing up the ladder nationally, continentally and globally in fostering development, all the best. I encourage you to read on, page after page and keep abreast with the news within the public administration and management realms.

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The 37th Roundtable Conference was held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka Zambia from 29th February- 4th March 2016 under the theme;

“Transforming Public Administration and Management (PAM) in order to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The theme forms the first part of the three-year arch theme Transforming Public Administration and Management (PAM). Zambia, having hosted the 27th AAPAM RTC in 2005 was honoured to host the Roundtable more than ten years later.






From the President

Dear Esteemed Readers, it my pleasure to present to you the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) 80th Newsletter edition. AAPAM newsletters are bi- annual magazines aimed keeping you informed of our strides as we foster development in the continent. This edition offers you an insight to the AAPAM programmes and activities in 2016. We commenced our year by hosting the AAPAM 36thAnnual Roundtable Conference in Collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia. I was more than delighted to welcome the AAPAM delegates to Lusaka, Zambia to discuss ways of Transforming Public Administration (PAM) to contribute towards the agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Without pre-empting the conference report, I would like to point out the centrality of this topic in modern public administration and management. As I mentioned at the 37th Roundtable Conference, the overriding theme for the Roundtable conferences from 2016-2018 will be Transforming Public Administration in Africa. I therefore encourage all of us to commit ourselves to the ethics, values and attitudes that will transform the processes and institutions of public administration. Kindly, allow me to appreciate the President of Zambia H.E Edgar Lungu for graciously officiating the opening of the 37th Roundtable conference. In his address, His Excellency the President paid homage to the founding fathers of Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism is the bedrock our today’s continental and global development agendas embodied in Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030. This year, the executive course on enhancing public financial governance and management in Africa was for the third year held in Gaborone, Botswana. The course which was hosted by AAPAM and the Centre of Specialization in Public Administration and Management (CESPAM) has continued to sharpen the financial skills of public and private managers and administrators in Africa. AAPAM once again participated in the Committee of Experts Meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. We realize the importance of aligning our goals with continental and international goals and fully commit to Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030. During the 15th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), AAPAM made presentations on ‘Strengthening the Confidence of Citizens in the Effectiveness, Validity and Integrity of Public Administration through Enhanced, Targeted Efforts to Use Good Governance to Prevent, Expose and Deal with Corruption.This edition also highlights on key aspects of the 2016 Committee of Experts  Meeting. Building up from the 2015 Johannesburg, South Africa Africities Summit, AAPAM in a tripartite arrangement in collaboration with the Department Public Service and Administration (DPSA) South Africa and School of Public Management and Administration (SPMA) – University of Pretoria held a seminar on Human Resource Strategies for Sustainable Development Seminar from 31st August- 2nd September 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. The seminar was an initiative of  propelling the continental and global visions at the public management circles.
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