The African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) of United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG Africa) will organize the 2nd Focus Group of the Observatory on Human Resources of Local and Regional Governments in Africa, on Thursday 5 July 2018 at “La Tour Hassan” hotel, in Rabat (Morocco) from 8.30am. The topic is: “Human Resources Management at the local level in Northern Africa: Statutes and Mechanisms of motivation.”
This 2nd Focus Group is a follow up the 1st held in Accra, Ghana on 30 May 2018 and it fits in with the operationalization framework of the Observatory on the Human Resources of Local and Regional Governments in Africa. Indeed, UCLG Africa and its ALGA Academy are launching a study on “The State of the Human Resources of Local and Regional Governments in Africa” whose main objective is to conduct a first assessment of the situation of HRM at the local level in Africa, highlighting the main problems and challenges encountered in this area. The objective is also to enable UCLG Africa, its Members and Networks as well as all the other stakeholders involved to move resolutely towards a holistic, inclusive and participative approach able to put HRM on the path of reform and modernization in Africa.
It should be recalled that the African Union Agenda 2063 as well as other Global Agendas (The 17 SDGs, the New Urban Agenda, the Climate Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Risk Reduction and the Financial Agenda) have a prime territorial dimension. Their implementation has a local dimension by nature and a large part of their implementation comes under the responsibility and competence of the Local and Regional Governments. The International Community recognizes that over 60% of the SDGs and the Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (NDCs) cannot be implemented without the effective and active participation of the Local and Regional Governments. To achieve this implementation, it is essential for the Local and Regional Governments of the Continent to have quality human resources, committed, active, competent, professional and ethical. However, in most African countries, Human Resources Management (HRM) is presented as one of the weak links in the reform or modernization of public administration.
The launched study will lead to the preparation of the 1st Report on the state of HRM at the level of African Local and Regional Governments. In order to collect the data necessary for the preparation of this Report, UCLG Africa and its Academy will rely on several sources of information, namely the development and dissemination of questionnaires, the organization of 3 Focus groups in Accra, in Ghana (for the English speaking systems), in Ouagadougou, Burkina (for the French speaking systems) and in Rabat, Morocco (for the North African systems).
The main objectives of this 2nd Focus Group are to:
– Create a space, a moment of exchange and brainstorming between the stakeholders directly involved in HRM at the local level;
– Listen to and collect the opinions of participants on HRM at the local level in North Africa;
– Grasp the challenges facing HRM at the local level in North Africa;
– Identify the good practices in this area;
– Identify the experience of each participating country in terms of regulation of the status of the staff of Local and Regional Governments;
– Exchange on the mechanisms and good practices in terms of motivation of Human Resources at the local level ;
– Define the standards in terms of HRM of Local and Regional Governments with the participants.
The Focus-Group will be attended by about 30 people representing a sample including the main stakeholders concerned by the problems of HRM at the local level in Africa among whom: representatives of the Central Government, Local and Regional Governments, (Town/ City Clerks, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Technical Officers, Human Resources Managers), Professional Networks of Local Managers, representatives of Local and Regional Governments Staff Unions, Training Institutes targeting Local and Regional Governments in Africa, experts in HRM, resource persons and partners.
This activity will also witness the participation of representatives from Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia.
The 1st Report on the state of HRM at the level of the African Local and regional Governments will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech from 20 to 24 November 2018.
For further information, please contact:
Gaëlle Yomi: Tel.: + 212 610 56 71 45