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Title:Kenyanization and African Capacity 'Shuffling'
Author:Wilson, L.S.
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:labour force
civil service
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Abstract:J.M. Cohen (1992) discusses the problem of 'Kenyanization' of positions filled by expatriate advisors in the Kenyan civil service. He outlines six possible solutions to the problem, four of which involve the funding by donors of higher than civil service level salaries to attract Kenyan staff to the donors' particular projects. While Cohen is critical of these options he does not discuss the most serious danger in their use, the danger that resources will be seriously misallocated. In this article the traditional approach of supplying new resources to Kenya is compared with this new alternative of using donor funds to induce the reallocation of existing Kenyan staff. It suggests that donors must be extremely careful in using their funds to entice workers to their own projects without consideration of where these resources are drawn from. An alternative explanation to those discussed by Cohen for the lack of success with 'Kenyanization' is also proposed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.