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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Reforming the Malawian public sector: retrospectives and prospectives
Editor:Tambulasi, Richard I.C.ISNI
Year:2010
Pages:110
Language:English
Series:CODESRIA book series
City:Dakar
Publisher:CODESRIA
ISBN:9782869783140
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:public sector
decentralization
administrative reform
subsidies
fertilizers
Abstract:This collective volume argues that the new public management model that Malawi, like most African countries, adopted under the influence of donor organizations has not led to the development that it was intended to deliver. The book examines decentralization (Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza), performance contracting (Richard I.C. Tambulasi), and public-private partnerships (Happy M. Kanyuni) as key aspects of the reforms. It comes to the conclusion that at best, it can be argued that the failures have been due to poor implementation and that this could be attributed to the fact that the process was led by donors who lacked the necessary institutional infrastructure. The final chapter (Blessings Chinsinga) discusses the 2005/2006 fertilizer subsidy programme, which the government embarked on despite donor resistance that it went against market models, but which turned out to be overwhelmingly successful. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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