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Reforming Africa's Institutions

Ownership, Incentives, and Capabilities

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
  1. Part I: The Political Economy of Reform Ownership
    1. Governance and Policy in Africa: Recent Experiences
    Abdalla Hamdok
    More Working Paper | Governance and Policy in Africa
  2. Part I: The Political Economy of Reform Ownership
    2. Owning Economic Reforms: A Comparative Study of Ghana and Tanzania
    Yvonne M. Tsikata
    More Working Paper | Owning Economic Reforms
  3. Part I: The Political Economy of Reform Ownership
    3. Do Donors Matter for Institutional Reform in Africa?
    Tony Addison
    More Working Paper | Do Donors Matter for Institutional Reform in Africa?
  4. Part I: The Political Economy of Reform Ownership
    4. Zambian Policy-Making and the Donor Community in the 1990s
    Hendrik van der Heijden
    More Working Paper | Zambian Policy-Making and the Donor Community in the 1990s
  5. Part II: Incentive Structures and Performance in the Public Service
    5. Economic and Institutional Reforms in French-Speaking West Africa: Impact on Efficiency and Growth
    Anders Danielson
    More Working Paper | Economic and Institutional Reforms in French-Speaking West Africa
  6. Part II: Incentive Structures and Performance in the Public Service
    6. Reform of the Malawian Public Sector: Incentives, Governance and Accountability
    Dick Durevall
    More Working Paper | Reform of the Malawian Public Sector
  7. Part II: Incentive Structures and Performance in the Public Service
    7. Incentive Structure and Efficiency in the Kenyan Civil Service
    Damiano Kulundu Manda
    More Working Paper | Incentive Structure and Efficiency in the Kenyan Civil Service
  8. Part II: Incentive Structures and Performance in the Public Service
    8. Incentive Structure, Civil Service Efficiency and the Hidden Economy in Nigeria
    Mohammed Salisu
    More Working Paper | Incentive Structure, Civil Service Efficiency and the Hidden Economy in Nigeria
  9. Part II: Incentive Structures and Performance in the Public Service
    9. The Mozambican Civil Service: Incentives, Reforms and Performance
    Jose A. Sulemane and Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa
    More Working Paper | The Mozambican Civil Service
  10. Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
    10. Privatization in Sub-Saharan Africa: On Factors Affecting Implementation
    Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa
    More Working Paper | Privatization in Sub-Saharan Africa
  11. Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
    11. Decentralization, Local Bureaucracies and Service Delivery in Uganda
    Moses L. Golola
    More Working Paper | Decentralization, Local Bureaucracies and Service Delivery in Uganda
  12. Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
    12. Institutional Development in Africa: The Case of Insolvency
    Clas Wihlborg
    More Working Paper | Insolvency and Debt Recovery Procedures in Economic Development
  13. Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
    13. Non-formal Institutions, Informal Economies, and the Politics of Inclusion
    Aili Mari Tripp
    More Working Paper | Non-formal Institutions, Informal Economies, and the Politics of Inclusion
  14. Part III: Developing Institutional Capabilities
    14. The Relevance of the Nordic Model for African Development
    Arne Bigsten
    More Working Paper | Relevance of the Nordic Model for African Development
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