n Journal of Public Administration - Network management to strengthen local management and governance in a NEPAD environment
|Article Title||Network management to strengthen local management and governance in a NEPAD environment|
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Publication Date||Mar 2004|
|Pages||185 - 199|
|Keyword(s)||University of the Free State|
Traditionally, government programmes and services were for the most part delivered through government departmental organisations. Fragmentation and the lack of appropriately coordinated government services were widely considered to be costly, impeding effective and efficient government service provision. However, this is no longer the case as governments are increasingly entering into networking arrangements with more independent agencies to deliver public goods and services to improve the general welfare of inhabitants. They are going beyond contracting out the delivery of service and increasingly involving other levels / spheres of government, the private and / or the non-profitable sectors in policy formulation, planning and design and decision-making regarding how and to whom government services are delivered. Network management therefore aims to produce practices that improve the quality of life of all inhabitants.
In this article the focus is on the local government sphere in South Africa and how networking can assist them to deliver effective services in a New Partnership for Africa' Development (NEPAD) environment. NEPAD themselves can learn from this scenario to capacitate Africans to determine their own destinies.
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