Newsletter 83rd

Newletter 83rd

The 83rd Newsletter features: Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development Training. Building Accountable and Inclusive Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities for the African Youth. The Second Edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers – Sadia, Kingdom of Morocco. Organization Development (OD) in Africa. Transforming Performance Management Competency to Ensure Inclusive Service Delivery. Ibrahim Governance Weekend: Public Service in Africa. The 2018 United Nations Public Service Forum - the Hallmark of Global Public Service Synergy. Africa Public Service Day (APSD)- Kenya- Public Service Innovations Award. The New Public Management Model, Leveraging Women in African Public Service. Mrs. Bridget Jubilee Katsriku- AAPAM Vice-President West Africa and the immediate past Chairperson of the Public Services Commission of Ghana. Milestones in the Ethiopian Public Administration: The Conclusion of KU Leuven and Ambo University Partnership. Policy Proposals for Cabinet.Technical Meeting on the organization of the 5 Edition of the All-Africa Public Service Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) and Reporting Guidelines on the Implementation of the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration. The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship program. 5 APS-HRMnet Annual Capacity Building Conference held from 27 to 31 st August 2018. Innovative Leadership for Organizational Growth and Excellence. The 2nd Roundtable Conference on Equity/Burden Sharing in Trade-Induced Industrialization, Intra-Africa Trade and Integration.

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The 82nd Newletter features: AAPAM 38 th Annual Roundtable Conference – El, Jadida, Kingdom of Morocco. UCLG-Africa Regional Information and Knowledge Resource Centers validation Workshop. A Decade of Debating Public Administration and Management Issues in an Era of Multiple Challenges and Constraints. Governance for Implementing the Sustainable Development Commitments in Africa Symposium. Home grown solutions to Service Delivery in Africa: AAPAM Innovative Management Award (IMA). African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Programme Post-Graduation Interview. Health and Safety in the Workplace. 

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The 81st Newsletter features: Productivity in the Public Sector: The way to go. AAPAM Digital Library. South Sudan Association of Public Administration and Management (SSAPAM) Elects New Executive Committee Members. Africa Celebrates the 6th Continental African Public Service Day (APSD) in Kigali, Rwanda Africa. The Human Resource Seminar- 2nd Edition. Invitation to The 38th Round-table Conference. AAPAM participated in the UN-Habitat 26th General Council held in Nairobi Kenya. AAPAM partners with Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) East Africa Regional Center. The African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Public Service, Local Government, Urban Development and Decentralization (AU-STC 8) Second Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) Conference Proceedings

Transforming Public Administration and Management in order to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
Report of the37th Roundtable Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

Hosted by
The Republic of Zambia
29th February- 4th March, 2016

The Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia, were delighted to host the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) 37 th Roundtable Conference (RTC) from 29 th February to 4 th of March 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. The theme of the conference was “Transforming Public Administration and Management (PAM) to contribute towards the Agenda 2063 within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals”. This was the second-time Zambia hosted an AAPAM Annual Roundtable conference. Zambia had earlier on in December 2005 hosted the 27 th RTC in Livingstone. The AAPAM conferences have been held annually for over thirty-seven years. The conferences are continental platforms to enhance knowledge, skills and experience of public administrators and managers through sharing of best practices. The conferences also serve as forums for networking and championing development within the continent. The rich mix of stakeholders and delegates attending the AAPAM conferences is a grand potential for addressing the current global socio-economic and political challenges. Consequently, AAPAM premised the 37 th RTC theme on the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for the 37 th RTC formed the first part of a three-year arch-theme on Transforming Public Administration in Africa. The 37 th RTC aimed at helping the actors in the local, national, continental and global arena to effectively drive the development agenda albeit from the public administration and management fronts. It is evident that Public administration and management is the nerve center for realization of such visions, hence the need for transformation. This report gives an insight to the proceedings of the conference. It highlights conceptual and theoretical issues in public administration and management regarding their contribution towards the achievement of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. It also captures the voices and deliberations at the conference with an aim of sharing knowledge and skills to stimulate and encourage the stakeholders and managers in public administration to contribute towards the development of the continent.


Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centred Sustainable Development
Report of the 36th Round table Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM)

Hosted by
The Kingdom of Morocco
March 2nd - 6 th 2015

The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) annual Roundtable Conference brings together public administration and management experts, practitioners and stakeholders across Africa and beyond. It is a premier event aimed at enhancing and sharing knowledge on international best practices. It is a forum that aims at creating awareness on global socio-economic successes, challenges and lessons learnt in the field of public administration and management. Various participants with diverse backgrounds and expertise come together to find common solutions to public sector problems, share experiences, discuss emerging issues and develop networks geared towards the development of Africa. AAPAM captures the proceedings of the conference sessions and publishes them as a knowledge sharing tool. The 36 th Roundtable Conference held from the 2 nd to the 6 th of March 2015 in Rabat, Kingdom Morocco, focused on the theme: “Effective Partnerships for Citizen Centred Sustainable Development”. The conference provided a rich platform for sharing knowledge, experience and practical skills in addressing concerns plaguing effective implementation of the citizen centred development in Africa. In this regard, the conference elaborately discussed the role of partnership in propelling development in Africa. The Rabat conference provided a forum for peer learning, mentorship and networking for stakeholders in public administration and management. It was conducted through scholarly and practical presentations, open discussions, and specialised group discussion sessions. It also witnessed the awarding of the 2015 AAPAM Gold Medal and 7 th AAPAM Innovative Management Award Winners. Africa needs to move forward as a continent and evolve from being labelled as a developing country to one characterized by efficiency, citizen’s access quality to services and overall effectiveness in governance and leadership. For this to take place, it is imperative that countries and governments across the continent should work hand in hand to achieve the “Africa We Want”. This report gives an insight to the proceedings of the AAPAM 36 th Roundtable Conference. It is an enriched knowledge sharing publication capturing the issues discussed and resolutions made in the conference in Morocco. The report voices the experiences and knowledge of a rich mix of experts and stakeholders drawn from all over Africa and beyond.

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Young Professionals Conference

15 TH – 17 TH SEPTEMBER 2014

Young professionals play a critical role in national development as they are vibrant, creative and innovative. Likewise the 21 st century public service’s ability to meet the growing and evolving demands of its current clients heavily hinges on the role of the Young Professionals. The African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) formed the Young professional Network (YPN) so as to mentor, build capacity and link together new and young professionals from across the continent. The network aims at equipping the young managers and administrators with the necessary skills, ethics, values and techniques that will mold them into highly respected professionals. It is against this background that AAPAM in collaboration with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Devolution and Planning hosted the first Young Professionals Network Conference at the Kenya School of Government (KSG), Nairobi from 15 th to17 th September 2014 under the theme: “Leadership, Game Changers: The Future of Africa’s Public Administration” . The theme purposefully covered key leadership competencies, skills and practices that are essential for the public service. The second part of the theme focused on elaborating innovative approaches towards the enhancement of service delivery. The conference essentially aimed at presenting a holistic learning environment covering both career advancement and growth as well as overall personal growth and development by integrating plenary, break-away, informative, networking, study tours and exhibition sessions. I believe that this report will further inform, shape and offer insights on discussions on youth participation in development. AAPAM is focused to promote best practice, professionalism and excellence among the young professionals to spur quality service delivery.


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Pursuant to the recommendations of the Inter-African Public Administration Seminar held in Botswana from the 3rd to the 9th of October, 1970; And recognizing the need for the development of competent administrators and managers for rapid economic and social development of the African continent; And in order to promote the study, practice and status of the profession of Public Administration and Management and the adoption of adequate administrative and management practices; And in recognizing the importance of co-operation among African States and institutions in the mobilization of resources for the achievement of these objectives; This representative meeting of the public administrators, managers, institutes of public administration and university schools of administration and management assembled in Freetown, Sierra Leone hereby formally resolve this 6th day of November, 1971 to form the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) and adopt this constitution.



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Gender Policy

In line with AAPAM’s mission to promote and spearhead Best Practice, Excellence and Professionalism in Public Administration and Management in Africa, this gender policy aims to promote gender equality and ensure its achievement in AAPAM programmes, projects, systems and activities. AAPAM is committed to achieve gender equality together with its partners, including African governments, management development institutes, universities and training institutions, other institutions and corporate bodies and individual members of the Association. Inspired by the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995), AAPAM’s gender equality policy is guided by the African Union Gender Policy (2009), the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003); the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (2004); the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Declaration on Gender and Development (1997) as well as the Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG3 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. AAPAM stands against all forms of discrimination based on gender as these constitute violations of human rights and pose barriers to the achievement of development objectives.

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Testimonial Lecture

The challenge is to undertake innovation in the public sector and change without un-duly destabilizing the current system. This is where the work of Govindarajan (2010) is helpful in leading change. He emphasizes the need to ensure that current operations are sustained while identifying change levers and planning a transformed future. How then to be successful is the task in effective leadership which authors like Kouzes and Posner (2007) and Kotter have developed into an art. For example Kotter articulates eight (8) points in leading which includes casting vision, forming a guiding coalition and communicating the plan effectively. What makes life difficult in managing change in public services is that the principal agents namely, our political masters and the typical public servants, we have to work it are risk averse and that for good reason. Neither wants to risk failure in the full glare of the public. That makes innovation in public service twice more difficult. Thus change and innovation in public service does not come easy even though the change drivers may look the same- strategy, organizational climate, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship and organizational resources (Marr, 2009).

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