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

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Nadeem Ul Haque

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Jahangir Aziz

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Asia and Pacific Department

Date Written: November 1998

Abstract

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.

Keywords: public sector, human capital, migration, growth

JEL Classification: H11, F22, J31, O55

Suggested Citation

Ul Haque, Nadeem and Aziz, Jahangir, The Quality of Governance: "Second-Generation" Civil Service Reform in Africa (November 1998). IMF Working Paper No. 98/164, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=883046

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