PA News : 12/10/2015

Capacity Building

CBIE – BCEI | The Canadian Bureau for International Education | » African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program

The African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Program commemorates the late Nelson Mandela’s commitment to social justice and equity by supporting young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The ALT Scholarship Program will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit to young professionals from sub-Saharan Africa. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in collaboration with The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) will implement the ALT Scholarship Program with the objective of contributing to a strong and effective public sector in sub-Saharan Africa.  Special consideration will be given to equitable representation across the continent and to the advancement of women leaders.

Public administration reform and transition from MDGs to SDGs in Nigeria By Otive IgbuzorDiscussion: Building core leadership skills-set for Africa’s transformation

The African economic transformation demands strong and skilled leaders as well as healthy workforce equipped with the knowledge and skills to be highly productive in the workplace and to generate innovations in technologies, processes, products, and services. However, there is concern that there is a challenge of leadership skills in Africa, that needs a greater and immediate response from all African states ( Africa Capacity Report 2011) and Allam Ahmed, Kobena T. Hanson, (2011), because lack of strong political leadership is an impediment to development. Notably the recent conflicts in several African nations are part of the evidence of compromised leadership. On the other hand, the African Union Agenda 2063 calls for industrialization for the transformation of the African continent that requires prompt development of human capacity, including the leadership capacity to formulate, implement, and monitor development policies and programs. African universities and business schools have significant role to play in providing core leadership skills to drive the transformation processes. Nevertheless, there is a concern that these institutions themselves also lack adequate and necessary human capacity to capacitate leaders to adapt to Africa’s needs. Lessons from ACBF’s interventions in this areas, however show that, while institutional, political, demographic as well as resource challenges exist, African universities today, are exceptionally positioned to enhance institutional leadership and positively contribute to African transformation as a result of strengthened private-public partnerships, advancement in ICT, increasing in number and quality etc.

Diversity in the Public Service

Public administration reform and transition from MDGs to SDGs in Nigeria By Otive IgbuzorPresentation of the ‘White Paper on access and inclusion in public employment of people with disabilities’

The National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) today jointly with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) and the ONCE Foundation with the ‘White Paper on access and inclusion in public employment of people with disabilities‘.

It was at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the ONCE Foundation led by Francisco Botia  CEO of ILUNION Human Capital, which was attended by Manuel Arenilla, director of INAP; Alberto Duran, executive vice president of Fundación ONCE; and Luis Alonso, manager of CERMI, and the closure was chaired by the Secretary of State for Public Administration, Antonio Beteta.

Local Governance

Yangon, September 8, 2015 — Power to administer territory lies at the crux of Myanmar’s multiple ethnic armed conflicts. Rural and mountainous areas across many of Myanmar’s non-Bamar regions are contested by multiple governance actors with overlapping claims to territory, including: the Myanmar government and armed forces, numerous state-backed ethnic militia, and dozens of opposition ethnic armed groups. Therefore, one of the key challenges that must be addressed in the current peace process is the nature of subnational governance in conflict-affected regions. In light of this situation, The Asia Foundation released, Ethnic Armed Conflict and Territorial Administration in Myanmar – a report examining the administration systems of ethnic armed actors and how they relate to those of government. Read the report here.

Public Sector Reform

Malawi: Political administration in context of public service reforms

It is a fact that for the first time in Malawi’s history of attempting to reform the Public Sector, this time around the drive has massive momentum like a train in motion.

However, with the political government system that as a country we follow and practice it is important to underscore and put under the microscope the need to give more insights into the political-administrative interface.

Miller and McTavish (2009) have defined Political- Administrative interface as the intersection of leadership roles within a tradition of dichotomous relationship between political and administrative realms. The political realm is the presidency and ministers which form the cabinet. The administrative realm is the public service composed of civil service and parastatals.

The political realm is headed by the president who by Malawi laws is elected every five years. The administrative realm is headed by the Chief Secretary to Government. The administrative realm is thus the hardware part of government while the political realm is the software that can be changed from time to time. Both the political and administrative parts form the executive but with different roles as shall be expounded in the following paragraphs.

Public administration reform and transition from MDGs to SDGs in Nigeria By Otive IgbuzorEU support to analyze areas of public administration in Moldova

The joint EU-OECD initiative SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) has launched an assessment exercise and evaluation of public administration in Moldova, upon the request of the EU Delegation to Moldova. The launch event took place yesterday in Chisinau, 23 September, aimed at raise awareness among the high-level representatives of all of the public institutions in Moldova in relation to the importance of public administration reform and to identify fields of improvement.

The findings and recommendations of the SIGMA review will help the Government to design and implement reforms in this sector. The final version of the report will be published in the first half of 2016. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Leadership

The skills of the managers of tomorrow – 02/10/2015

The managerial functions have been, in recent years, affected by various factors (societal evolution, economy, service sector, activities increasingly based on the cognitive …).

The following emerged:

  • new forms of work;
  • accelerated rhythms and time;
  • more transversality and cooperation in organizations and ways of working.

The result is a growing complexity of systems of organization of work and uncertainty in a context of permanent change and continuously..