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Reforming the Malawian Public Sector

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Reforming the Malawian Public Sector argues that the new public management model that Malawi, like most African countries, adopted under the influence of donor organisations has not led to the intended development. The book examines decentralisation, performance contracting, and public�private partnerships as key aspects of the reforms and comes to the conclusion that at best, it can be argued that the failures have been due to poor implementation and this could be attributed to the fact that the process was led by donors who lacked the necessary institutional infrastructure. The book uses the 2005/6 fertiliser subsidy programme, which the government embarked on despite donor resistance that it went against market models, but which turned out to be overwhelmingly successful to demonstrate the state�s developmental ability and potential. This volume is essential reading for academics, students, and practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of public administration, management, policy, development and governance in Africa and the rest of the developing world. The book is dedicated to the memory Guy Mhone, a Malawian, who was among Africa�s leading scholars in public administration and governance. His works focused mainly on public sector reforms and development.

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Reforming the Malawian Public Sector Retrospectives and Prospectives
Edited by Richard Tambulasi
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
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ISBN: 978-2-86978-314 -0
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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is an independent organisation whose principal objectives are to facilitate research, promote research-based publishing and create multiple forums geared towards the exchange of views and information among African researchers. All these are aimed at reducing the fragmentation of research in the continent through the creation of thematic research networks that cut across linguistic and regional boundaries.
CODESRIA publishes a quarterly journal,Africa Development, the longest standing Africa-based social science journal;Afrika Zamani, a journal of history; theAfrican Sociological Review; theAfrican Journal of International Affairs;Africa Review of Books and theJournal of Higher Education in Africa. The Council also co-publishes theAfrica Media Review;Identity, Culture and Politics: An Afro-Asian Dialogue;The African Anthropologist and theAfro-Arab Selections for Social Sciences. The results of its research and other activities are also disseminated through its Working Paper Series, Green Book Series, Monograph Series, Book Series, Policy Briefs and the CODESRIA Bulletin. Select CODESRIA publications are also accessible online at www.codesria.org.
CODESRIA would like to express its gratitude to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA/SAREC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Danish Agency for Inter-national Development (DANIDA), the French Ministry of Cooperation, the United Na-tions Development Programme (UNDP), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Rockefeller Foundation, FINIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), IIEP/ADEA, OECD, IFS, OXFAM America, UN/UNICEF, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Government of Senegal for supporting its research, train-ing and publication programmes.
Contents
Notes on Authors............................................................................................................... v
Critical Perspectives on Public Sector Reforms: An Introduction Richard I.C. Tambulasi.................................................................................... 1
Public-sector Reforms and Decentralisation of Public Services: Lessons From Malawi (1994-2006) Asiyati Lorraine Chiweza............................................................................... 29
Public-private Partnership in the Malawian Local Assemblies: A Failed Reform Package? Happy M. Kayuni........................................................................................... 57
No Key Opens Every Door: The Failure of NPM-Based Performance Contracting in Malawi Richard I.C. Tambulasi................................................................................... 69
Resurrecting the Developmental State in Malawi: Reflections and Lessons from the 2005/2006 Fertiliser Subsidy Programme Setting the Context Blessings Chinsinga........................................................................................... 81
Notes on Authors
Richard I.C. TambulasiPolitical andis a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He is currently reading for his PhD in Public Policy and Management at the University of Manchester in England. He holds a Bachelor and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Malawi. His areas of interest include public policy, public management, public governance and political science. He has published over 16 articles in international journals. He has also contributed chapters to some books in his field. One of his journal articles entitled “Who is Fooling Who?: New Public Management–Oriented Management Accounting and Political Control in the Malawi’s Local Governance” which appeared in the 2007Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change,won the 2008 Highly Recommended Paper Emerald Awards for Excellence.
Asiyati Chiwezais a Senior Lecturer and head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (Public Policy) from Curtin Univer-sity, Australia; a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, Canada; and a Bachelor of Social Science from University of Malawi. Her fields of research and expertise include decentralisation and local governance, public policy, development administration and public financial management. She has done extensive research in the field of decentralisation and local government and has published book chapters and journal articles in local and international journals.
Happy M. Kayuniis a Senior Lecturer and deputy head of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Malawi as well as a Bachelor and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His areas of specialisation include party politics, management and public governance and development. He has published more than seven peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in these areas. He has been teaching, among other courses, Strategic Management, International Relations and Development Studies.