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24

Aug

Mobilising communities around school feeding

Starting in 2009, Mali’s national school feeding programme established criteria for the regions and, within them, schools to be funded by the state. Dogoni Second Cycle was one of a handful of schools in the cercle of Sikasso that joined the programme for the 2011–2012 school year. However, early 2012 the National School Feeding Programme identified 166 vulnerable communes as priority zones for state funding, excluding the cercle of Sikasso. As a result, funding for school feeding programme at Dogoni Second …

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24

Aug

From Old Public Administration to the New Public Service

Public administration in the 21st century is undergoing dramatic change. This is the case not only in advanced economies, but also in many parts of the developing world. Problems faced by governments are increasingly complex, ‘wicked’ and global, rather than simple, linear, and national in focus.  But prevailing ideas about public sector reform often do not fully encompass the significance or implications of these wider developments. This paper argues that public sector reform efforts in developing countries should embrace these …

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19

Aug

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa

Between 2011 and 2015, the Southern Africa Trust supported innovative collaborations between research institutions, advocacy organisations and media outlets towards influencing the development and implementation of public policy in Africa. Led by the Trust’s partner organisations in six countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana), the initiative interrogated whether and how such a “model” of partnership could enhance the effectiveness of policy advocacy towards improved social accountability across the continent. In a newly released learning report, Partnerships for …

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22

Jun

Contributing towards Corruption Free and Transparent Service Delivery in ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS)

A documentary on the project ‘‘Contributing towards Corruption Free and Transparent Service Delivery in ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS)’ through Civic Engagement in Jaipur and Tonk Districts of Rajasthan, India’’ and nicknamed as CitizensUp

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15

Jun

When free healthcare is not free. Corruption and mistrust in Sierra Leone’s primary healthcare system immediately prior to the Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone is one of three countries recently affected by Ebola. In debates surrounding the circumstances that contributed to the initial failure to contain the outbreak, the word ‘trust’ is often used: In December 2014, WHO director Margret Chan used ‘lack of trust in governments’; The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, wrote how Ebola has exposed the ‘… breakdown of trust between communities and their governments.’ This article explores the lack of trust in public healthcare providers in Sierra Leone, predating the Ebola …

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