Investment levels and natural resource endowments do not account for the patterns of growth and poverty observed in Africa. Increasingly, economists have pointed to institutional design and capacity as important ingredients of development success or failure. Using this recognition as a point of departure, this seminar asks how to make public services work under the conditions that prevail in different parts of continent today. It uses an eclectic array of resources, drawn from several fields, to provide background and stimulate discussion and research.
This course is designed for two groups of people: public managers with no background in Africa, on the one hand, and those who know the region but want to think hard about institutional capacity building and development management in an African context, on the other.