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Title:African Bottlenecks: Public Sector Management Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: The World Bank Experience
Author:Adamolekun, Ladipo
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:capacity building
public sector
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
international relations
Abstract:During the 1980s, the World Bank paid increasing attention to Public Sector Management (PSM), particularly to freestanding loans for institutional development in sub-Saharan Africa. By mid-1987, the Bank was involved in supporting PSM improvement measures in more than 30 sub-Saharan African countries. The thrust of these efforts had to do with staff reduction and growth control, salary and compensation policies, and training. With regard to economic and financial management, the activities included strengthening economic planning, the formulation of economic policy, and external financial management. Based upon a 1990 study, only five out of 19 projects were judged successful. Generally, technical assistance was more successful in strengthening specific technical, accounting or financial units. More ambitious PSM efforts usually failed. The World Bank needs to intensify its efforts, combining civil service reform with the strengthening of economic and financial management and donor coordination. However, the Bank must constantly assess and insist upon the borrower's commitment. Note, sum.