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Reforming Africa's Institutions

Ownership, Initiatives, and Capabilities

  • Author: UNU
  • Publication date: March 2003
  • Page count: 382
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 03.III.A.5

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This title looks at the degree to which recent reforms undertaken in Sub-Saharan Africa have enhanced institutional capacities across the breadth of government. It analyzes to what extent reforms have been internalized and defended by governments, paying special attention to the impact of public sector reforms on the economy. The question of whether ownership can be attained when countries continue to be heavily dependent on external support is also addressed. The book is divided into three parts. Part one is a comprehensive coverage of the issue of reform ownership. Part two examines the nature of incentives in the African civil service and the reforms undertaken in recent years to raise public sector efficiency in Africa. Part three discusses issues related to institutional capabilities in Africa and how they have been affected by reforms undertaken in the 1990s.