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Title:Building Sustainable Professional Capacity in African Public Sectors: Retention Constraints in Kenya
Authors:Cohen, John M.
Wheeler, John R.
Year:1997
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Volume:17
Issue:3
Period:August
Pages:529-540
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:civil service training
government departments
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-162X(199708)17:3<307::AID-PAD953>3.0.CO;2-C
Abstract:Significant investments are being made by aid agencies to increase Master's-level training of African professionals serving in the public sector. Yet no case studies present detailed data or analysis of past efforts to build sustainable human capacity in governmental institutions. This article reviews career and retention data on 169 economists, planners and statisticians trained under funding provided by six long-term aid projects for targeted posts in ministries in Kenya. After reviewing retention constraints revealed by this data and other evidence, the article offers recommendations that might assist governments and aid agencies to design and implement capacity building initiatives with a higher probability of ensuring that returned graduates serve for adequate periods of time in the positions for which they were trained. The evidence supporting the paper is based on years of direct involvement in Master's degree training by the authors in the Kenyan context, data drawn from government archives, and interviews from civil servants. Ann., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.

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