Reforming Africa’s Institutions: Ownership, Incentives, and Capabilities

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  • Edited Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1082-0,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1082-0
    United Nations University Press
    July 2003

    There is not a single African country that did not attempt public sector reforms in 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 towards more open and democratic governments.

    Reforming Africa’s Institutions looks at the extent to which reforms undertaken in Sub-Saharan Africa in recent years have enhanced institutional capacities across the breadth of government. To what extent have reforms been internalized and defended by governments? The authors also look specifically at the impact of public sector reforms on these economies and pose the question whether ‘ownership can be attained when countries continue to be heavily dependent on external support.

    Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Political Economy of Reform Ownership
  • Governance and policy in Africa
  • Owning Economic Reforms: A comparative study of Ghana and Tanzania
  • Do donors matter for institutional reform in Africa
  • Zambian policy making and the donor community in the 1990’s
  • Part II: Incentive structures and incentives in the public sector
  • Economic and institutional reforms in French speaking West Africa: Impact on efficiency and growth
  • Reform of the Malawian public sector: Incentives, governance and accountability
  • Incentive structure and efficiency in the Kenyan civil service
  • Incentive structure, civil service efficiency and the hidden economy in Nigeria
  • The Mozambican civil service: Incentives, reforms and performance
  • Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
  • Privatization in sub-Saharan Africa: On factors affecting implementation
  • Decentralization, local bureaucracies and service delivery in Uganda
  • Institutional development in Africa: The case of insolvency law
  • Non-formal institutions, informal economies, and the politics of inclusion
  • Relevance of the Nordic model for African development
  • List of Contributors:
  • Tony Addison
  • Arne Bigsten
  • Anders Danielson
  • Dick Durevall
  • Moses L. Golola
  • Abdalla Hamdok
  • Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa Damiano Kulundu Manda
  • Mohammed Salisu
  • Jos
  • A. Sulemane
  • Aili Mari Tripp
  • Yvonne M. Tsikata
  • Hendrik van der Heijden
  • Clas Wihlborg