Rebuilding Public Sector to Support Implementation of Medium Term Plan

Many African countries including Zimbabwe are making efforts to ensure capacity development of the public sector is part of their development planning.

In Zimbabwe, the Government has called for public sector capacity building that broadens economic participation and the rebuilding of culture of implementing plans.  This underpins the need to support the Government in raising non state actors’ participation in the country’s economic management, monitoring and tracking of results of the Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2012-2015.
On 10 December 2012, at the inauguration ceremony of a new Office of Africa Capacity Development Foundation (ACBF) a high level five-person panel discussion was held to discuss the issues of public sector capacity development and effective economic governance.

As a member of the panel discussion, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Alain Noudehou said, “The United Nations has a very important role to play in terms of providing international best practices and financial support that are calibrated along national development priorities that aim to address well defined capacity needs.”

In general, the panel discussion noted on the need for public sector, civil society, private sector, the media and international organizations to work in synergy to achieve effective economic governance that manages public resource in a transparent and accountable manner.  In addition the panelists raised the following issues as vital elements for effective public sector and economic growth:
• The need for an enabling environment that is focused on results and performances and building a critical mass of leadership, planning and implementation capacity, institutional arrangements and knowledge development.  This calls for a strong leadership with a development vision and the need for training of middle management cadre of civil servants who would implement the vision.
• The need to create a strong linkage between policy design and policy implementation through a focused results based development approach that has an effective monitoring and evaluation framework.
• Capacity building should be comprehensive and should go sector by sector such as agriculture, education; health and there should be transparency and participation in the decision making process.
• Economic enablers that support infrastructure development to meet the needs of the economy such as energy, water, transport, information and communication technology should be given due attention for the recovery and growth of Zimbabwe’s economy.

The five-person panelists were Dr. C. D Ndlovu, Director of ZIPAM; Mr. Alain Noudehou, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator; Dr. F. Leautier, Executive Secretary, ACBF; Dr. S.A Misau, Director of Public Service Institute of Nigeria; and Dr. Huguette Labella, Professor at the University of Ottawa.