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The government of Morocco is engaged in an ambitious programme of public sector reform. Some eight years into the programme, experience shows that such reform is time consuming and requires cross-ministerial support and robust regulation to be successful, writes Pierre Hennebert, E4 EuropeAid in a new report.
Can the complexities and challenges of public sector reform be explained in understandable language and clear terms? Test it yourself - for this is what the new reference document produced by unit E4 in EuropeAid sets out to do.
European Commission staff are already participating in online discussion forums and recently, a discussion group was launched on decentralisation and local governance, feeding into a workshop in Brussels in July. "I am a task manager for local governance and civil society in A. I only arrived a month ago and I am therefore still trying to get my head around this very complex issue. I greatly welcome this initiative both in terms of support but also in terms of having a good channel of communication with other delegations."
At a recent debate at the European Commission's EuropeAid headquarters, Theodore Trefon, who is also a contributor and editor of the 2005 book, "Reinventing Order in the Congo", sparked a lively debate with his hard-hitting assessment of donor short-comings in Africa's largest nation.
The regional workshops provide an occasion for colleagues working on democratic governance to meet and exchange experiences and ideas. This year, key topics included presentations and discussions on:
The European Commission, like many other donor agencies, is providing growing levels of funds to support decentralisation and local governance in partner countries.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 2 October 2009
The European Commission's experience in Haiti in support of a government-wide strengthening of the executive branch provides an encouraging example of government-driven donor co-ordination and an imaginative approach to capacity development and technical co-operation in a fragile or post-conflict environment.
Capacity4dev Team uploaded a new Document 5 January 2010

This is the report of the seminar, organised by EuropeAid Unit E4 with the support of ECDPM.  

Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake, but its leaders don’t want the humanitarian relief operation to detract from the country’s long-term development objectives and the Commission has offered its support, according to top officials.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 23 February 2010
Cars, computers and formal training may often be requested as part of a public sector reform programme, but it’s changes in the behaviour and mindsets of people that produce lasting results, according to a recent blog post by World Bank experts.

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