Wachstumspole, Potenziale und Perspektiven
Plateaus not Summits: Reforming Public Financial Management in Africa
Editor Nour’s Introductory Note
One of the main challenges Sub-Saharan African countries have been facing with regard to the rational utilization of their rich potentials for economic development is the deficiency of their Public Administration. It is regarded as being due to any number of causes, including: the colonial heritage of bureaucracy without the technical capacity to pilot bureaucratic structures; bad governance and the corruption, embedded in the public sector as well as in the private sector and in society at large; lack of resources for effectuating structural reforms in the public sector; weakness of driving forces for change and modernization. Many strategies, built on the assumption of such causes, were addressed, in the context of Development Aid, to improving the efficiency of the Public Administration as a way toward a better use of national resources and potentials which, however, repeatedly proved to be futile.
Dr. Stephen Peterson suggests in his contribution to this lecture series a plausible explanation of the reason why the donor strategies were not successful with regard to Public Administration reform in many Sub-Saharan African countries and he presents a model for an effective Public Finance Management reform which proved to be tellingly effective in the case of Ethiopia. Dr. Peterson is a distinguished scholar and practitioner in the field of Public Finance Management. He has a unique experience of not only doing research, reflecting and teaching for many years at the Harvard Kennedy School...
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