The Quality of Governance : “Second-Generation” Civil Service Reform in Africa

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

November 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper argues that the development of human capital in the public sector should be an important ingredient in any proposed set of “second-generation” reforms for Africa. In the post-colonial era the quality of governance has seriously declined, and the stock of human capital in the public sector has been eroded by a flight of human capital from many countries in response to compression of wages. The paper develops a simple theoretical framework to discuss these issues and the continent’s experience with foreign technical assistance in supplementing the low level of domestic human capital.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/164

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451980240/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1641998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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