Africa: Revitalizing Civil Service Systems to Enhance Economic Performance

  • Ladipo Adamolekun
  • Dele Olowu


One of the most remarkable changes that occurred since the publication of the first edition of The Civil Service in the 21st Century is the drastically improved economic performance of African countries. It is particularly noteworthy because this upturn occurred at a time when the rest of the world was plunged into a profound financial and economic crisis. In contrast to the comparatively low performance of African economies in the years before the crisis, many countries in the region have posted 5–8 percent GDP growth figures. The reasons for this turnaround are multiple and complex but there is also a discernible worrying trend, and that is of the increasing fragility of states in the region. Most of these states have existed for 50 years and more since their independence from colonial powers but they systematically lost their authority, capacity and legitimacy to perform the basic state functions of security, welfare and representation of their people.


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