Reforming Africas Institutions Ownership Initiatives and Capabilities

Overview

There is not a single African country that did not attempt public sector reform during the 1990s. Governments no longer see themselves as sole suppliers of social services, frequently opting for partnerships with the private sector. Efficiency and choice have entered the language of the planning and implementation units of Africa's line ministries, while privatization is no longer the controversial subject it was a decade ago. There have also been moves toward more open and ...

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Overview

There is not a single African country that did not attempt public sector reform during the 1990s. Governments no longer see themselves as sole suppliers of social services, frequently opting for partnerships with the private sector. Efficiency and choice have entered the language of the planning and implementation units of Africa's line ministries, while privatization is no longer the controversial subject it was a decade ago. There have also been moves toward more open and democratic governments.

Reforming Africa's Institutions looks at the extent to which public sector reforms undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years have enhanced institutional capacities across the breadth of government, and to what extent the reforms have been internalized and defended by governments. The book also reviews the impact of reforms on different African economies and questions whether "ownership" can be attained when countries continue to be heavily dependent on external support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810820
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa is associated with the International Monetary Fund's Independent Evaluation Office in Washington, D.C. During 2000-2001 he directed the project on Institutional Capabilities, Reform Ownership, and Development in sub-Saharan Africa at the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of contributors
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I The political economy of reform ownership
1 Governance and policy in Africa: Recent experiences 15
2 Owning economic reforms: A comparative study of Ghana and Tanzania 30
3 Do donors matter for institutional reform in Africa? 54
4 Zambian policy making and the donor community in the 1990s 77
Pt. II Incentive structures and performance in the public service
5 Economic and institutional reforms in French-speaking West Africa: Impact on efficiency and growth 105
6 Reform of the Malawian public sector: Incentives, governance and accountability 127
7 Incentive structure and efficiency in the Kenyan civil service 149
8 Incentive structure, civil service efficiency and the hidden economy in Nigeria 170
9 The Mozambican civil service: Incentives, reforms and performance 199
Pt. III Developing institutional capabilities
10 Privatization in sub-Saharan Africa: On factors affecting implementation 227
11 Decentralization, local bureaucracies and service delivery in Uganda 254
12 Institutional development in Africa: The case of insolvency law 277
13 Non-formal institutions, informal economies and the politics of inclusion 301
14 The relevance of the Nordic model for African development 322
Concluding remarks 342
Index 347
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