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Title:The development management task and reform of 'public' social services
Author:Robinson, DorcasISNI
Periodical:Development in Practice
Geographic term:Tanzania
public sector
public health
Abstract:With its emphasis on target-setting and performance measures, the New Public Management (NPM) appears to offer a coherent and 'no-nonsense' approach to public sector reform and the public management task. This article suggests that three questions require further thought: 'Management of what?', 'Management by whom?', and 'How to manage?' These questions are discussed with reference to the philosophy and practice of Community Based Health Care (CBHC) in Tanzania. The focus of CBHC is on individuals and households within the community setting, and beyond the formal health service delivery unit. The main actors involved in developing and implementing CBHC have been NGOs. The article argues that the task of public management is one of managing an arena of public action which includes (and excludes) a range of actors and agendas. Once this is taken into account, it becomes clear that the challenge to all development managers is how to manage more effective interdependence. Bibliogr., note, sum.