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UCLG Africa Annual Retreat (18 -21 February 2019)

Initiated in 2017, the third edition of UCLG Africa’s annual retreat will be held from 18 to 21 February 2019 in Ifrane, at the Conference Center of the University of Al Akhawayne (Morocco).

This retreat provides a space for dialogue to reflect on how best the organization can help its members grow and how to strengthen their organizational capacities and abilities.

The meeting will be attended by all UCLG Africa staff (headquarters , regional offices: West Africa region, East Africa Region,  Southern Africa region and ALGA Ouagadougou) and some partners.

The retreat has four main objectives:

Develop a deeper understanding of the continental context;

– Refine the collective understanding of the purpose of UCLG Africa;

– Collectively assess the current state of the organization with a view to ongoing   improvement;

– Clarify the roles, functions, skills and capacities that UCLG Africa will need to thrive.

The program includes workshop work, round tables and plenary sessions.

Improve your Skills and your Profile for the Future

The International Institute of Administrative Sciences will organize the first edition of its Research and Professional Development Academy in Brussels from 25 February to 1st March 2019.

The IIAS Research and Professional Development Academy (IIAS Academy) aims to provide PhD Students, young researchers and young professionals (later stage of their PhD thesis or early stage in their professional life) from different regions of the world with an opportunity to develop their capacity to publish, write proposals, seek research grants, establish contact with Brussels-based institutions and start collaborations with other participants.

The idea is for participants to share their research experience in Public Administration/ Management (and related domains) and discuss their early plans/experience of integrating professional life. A key vehicle for this integration is how to use the results of their thesis work to set forward their professional careers.

Junior participants will have an opportunity to mingle with each other and senior professionals and share their experiences of early stage career development. The key objective of the IIAS Academy are:

*  Orient young professionals towards further developing their careers in different contexts: academia, public sector, and international organisations;

*  Provide participants with an opportunity to network with representatives from leading universities, Brussels-based local public organizations (ministries, agencies,..), multinationals (consulting companies);

*  Visit with national, regional and international organisations (EC, UN, and INGOs) to have better insights on the inner workings of those organisations, related career opportunities as well as career development paths that harness the link with the different types of organisations;

*  Offer participants the opportunity to assess their individual competencies and skills for career development and develop them accordingly.

Dates : 25 February 2019 – 1st March 2019

Venue :  IIAS Headquarters

IIAS-IISA

Rue du Commerce, 96 6th Floor – Block C

B- 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM Phone: + 32 2 536 08 80

Contact: academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>

Please send your complete application file to : academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>

Deadlines for application :  11 February 2019

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REGISTRATION

The first session of the IIAS Academy for Research & Professional Development (IIAS Academy) will take place at IIAS headquarters. The weeklong seminar will bring together young researchers and academics to develop their capacity to publish, write proposals to seek research grants, establish contact with Brussels-based institutions and start collaborations with other participants. Many world-class scholars that have already collaborated with IIAS and its entities have already enlisted in the academy to provide the training.

Registration available here.

Contact : academy@iias-iisa.org<mailto:academy@iias-iisa.org>  and f.maron@iias-iisa.org<mailto:f.maron@iias-iisa.org>

 

Forum: Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation 2019: UCLG Africa will reflect on the theme: ‘Cooperate around Migration’

Brussels will host the forum: ‘Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation’ on February 4 – 5, 2019. Jointly organized by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, the Forum will bring together European institutions and Local and Regional Authorities from the EU and partner countries with the aim of strengthening policy dialogues between these bodies.

UCLG Africa will take an active part in the event with a delegation led by its secretary general, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi. On the first day, February 4th he will act as rapporteur for the open debate on partnerships for sustainable urban development. On the second day of the forum, February 5th, UCLG Africa In Partnership with The International Institute of Administrative Science (IISA) & the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) will organize a side event on the theme, ‘Cooperate around Migration’.

Migration is one of the primary challenges facing African local authorities on a daily basis. During the 8th edition of the Africities Summit (November 20-24, 2018), African local authorities adopted the  Charter of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa on Migration where they agreed, on the one hand to, “enforce the rights of migrants in its locality, to facilitate their peaceful integration into hosting communities and to promote cohesion and conviviality between the hosting communities and the migrant populations,” and on the other hand, to draw the attention of National Governments to the fact that it is this ability to engage in free movement that stabilizes migratory flows and therefore request that National Governments facilitate the provision of legal entry and circulation visas to migrant populations in order to dry up the source of illegal and irregular migrations.

The main objective of the side event “Cooperate around Migration,” is to engage in dialogue about the content of the Charter and on strategies that can make migration a real opportunity for the different actors and stakeholders involved.

Specific objectives and expected results include to :

  • Situate the position and role of the regional and local governments in the global, African and European dialogue on migration;
  • Highlight the role and responsibilities of cities and territories in the management of migration flows and the reception of refugees and migrants, whether in countries of origin, transit or reception;
  • Identify and discuss good practices in governance and management of migration at the local level, including identifying the capacity building needs of local elected officials;
  • See to what extent partnership and decentralized cooperation can be strategic levers to change the perception of crisis migration to migration-opportunity;
  • Establish joint and concerted actions at territorial and local level to meet the needs of refugees and local populations and to meet international commitments;
  • Identify strategic areas to be pursued by European and African local and regional governments and articulate political dialogue with European authorities, particularly in the framework of the Post-Cotonou negotiation, which will include a fundamental chapter on migration.

Read the concept note of the side event. 

Register to participate

Visit the website of the Forum

Date and venue:
February 5, 2019, from 14:30 to 18:00. Venue: The Headquarters of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Street “Rue du Commerce 96”, 1040, Brussels, Belgium, Room C121.

Contact persons:

Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy of UCLG Africa

Email : najat_zarrouk@yahoo.fr

Mobile : +212 (0)661 120 552

Ms Lova Ramilijaona, of ALGA

Email : lramilijaona@uclga.org

Mobile: +212 (0) 658 33 30 27

Complete our Survey on Local Public Services and the quality of Service Delivery in African Cities

UCLG Africa, his African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and his Observatory of Human Resources of Local Governments in Africa, initiate the survey on local public services and the quality of service delivery in Africa Cities.  The objective of this survey is to assess quality in the delivery of services of Cities in Africa through the perception of citizens and users over the period from January to August 2018. The result will be incorporate in the 1st Report on the state of HRM at the level of African Local and Regional Governments, which will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech from 20 to 24 November 2018.

During the period from January to August 2018, you used your Municipality to request one or more services. We would like to know your opinion, your perception and your appreciation of the quality of the service (s) through your own assessment of the following topics:

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Participation of a UCLG Africa Delegation at the 5th Annual Conference of African Public Service-Human Resources Managers Network (APS-HRMnet)

As part of its mission of supporting and strengthening the professional networks of African local governments, UCLG-Africa through its Academy (ALGA) mobilized and supported the participation of a delegation at the 5th Annual Conference of APS-HRMnet Network from 27 to 31 August 2018 in Kampala, Uganda, on the theme: “Human Capital: Sustainable Future for Africa, Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063″.


This important meeting was organized by the APS-HRMnet, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Uganda through the Ministry of Public Service, the United Nations (UNDESA) and the National Chapter of the APS- HRMnet in Uganda (UPS-HRMnet), as well as with the support of several partners including UCLG-Africa and its Academy.

439 people from 28 countries mostly from Africa participated in the Conference, representing various institutions, including Ministries, Central Public Administrations, African Local Governments, Training Institutes, Professional Networks, private companies, representatives of Civil society and Media.

The UCLG-Africa delegation consisted of 14 people, namely:

– The Director of ALGA, Dr. Zarrouk Najat,

– The Special Adviser of UCLG Africa, Prof. Johnson Falade (Nigeria),

– The Director of the Regional Office for East Africa, Mr Juma Menhya Nyende (Uganda);

– The Officer in charge of the African Local Governments HR Observatory of ALGA, Mr. Kamate Ismael (Côte d’Ivoire),

– 10 members of the boards of the four Territorial Managers’ Networks of UCLG-Africa (Africa FINnet, Africa TECHnet, Africa MAGnet and Local Africa HRMnet) representing Burundi, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Senegal and Zambia.

The main objectives of the Conference were to enhance awareness and knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 among Human Resource Managers in Africa. It was also about providing a space for sharing HRM best practices for improving performance, productivity and service delivery, as well as defining a road map for capacity building and leadership of public sector HRM to achieve the SDGs and the 2063 Agenda, and to raise awareness about the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Public Service adopted in 2011.

For the Delegation of UCLG Africa, its participation was animated by the will to strengthen the collaboration between UCLG-Africa and the other African and international networks engaged in the development of Africa, to allow the young networks set up by UCLG Africa to learn and exchange knowledge and experiences with their peers.

This conference was very enriching for the UCLG-Africa Delegation in more than one way:

  1. UCLG-Africa had the opportunity to present a Message of Solidarity to the Conference Organizers at the official opening of the Conference, along with the other Partners (copy attached).
  2. The delegation took part in all the proceedings of the Conference, divided into Plenary Sessions, Parallel Sessions and Statutory Meetings. It was also marked by the organization of an exhibition dedicated not only to innovations in promoting Human Capital, but also to the income-generating products and activities of the Civil Society, including the wives of the military and veterans.
  3. The UCLG-Africa Networks had the opportunity to organize a parallel session chaired by Prof. Johnson Falade, which was marked by an address by His Excellency the Deputy Minister to the Chief of Government in charge of Administration Reform and Public Service of Morocco. The Networks had the opportunity to ask him to be their Sponsor. His Excellency assured them that they can count on the support of his Department and that they will be invited next year to Morocco.

Experience Sharing, UCLG-African Networks

  1. During the Plenary Session on the Decentralization of Public Service Delivery in Africa, Dr. Zarrouk made a presentation on “Decentralization of Public Services Delivery in Africa: Implications for Public Sector HRM, for ODD and for the Agenda 2063 ” . The Session was also marked by the presentation of Mr. Ben Kumumanya, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Governance of Uganda.
  2. The Director of ALGA took part in working sessions organized by UNDESA to review 5 Training Modules on the Implementation of the SDGs by Public Administration, prepared by Dr John Mary Kauzya. These Modules will be finalized in mid-September, tested during the Conference of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) planned in Botswana, Gaborone from 6 to 9 November 2018, and during Africities Summit.

6. At the APS-HRMnet General Assembly, the Executive Board of the Network was renewed by co-optation or election of the following new officers:

Ms. Savia Nankya Mugwanya, Commissioner of Civil Service College of Uganda, President of APS-HRMnet;

Dr. Zarrouk Najat, Director of ALGA, Vice-President of APS-HRMnet. She was elected by 61 votes, against 10 for the competitor from Kenya;

Dr. Ngambo Fondjo Pierre Vincent, Member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, Cameroon, Vice President, Central Africa Region;

Mr. Amos L. NNKO, University Professor, Tanzania,  Vice- President East Africa;

Dr. Laila El Baradei, Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Vice-President North Africa;

– For West and Southern Africa, the two current Vice-Presidents will continue to serve as acting Vice-Presidents, until the election of the new Vice-Presidents at a future occasion.

The new Executive Board of APS-HRMnet (2018-2020)

  1. The Director of ALGA was invited by the Organizers to take part in the Ministerial Panel on “Attracting and retaining talents in the Public Service for the attainment of 2030 & 2063 development goals.
  2. The Delegation had a working session with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Governance. Several issues were discussed: the signature and ratification of the African Charter on the principles and values of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development, membership of UCLG-Africa, preparation of AFRICITIES, support to ALGA, to the Territorial Managers’ Networks and the East Africa Regional Office; the preparation of a MoU project to be signed with the Civil Service College at the Africities Summit.
  3. A working session was also held with the Honorable Haji Majid Batambuze, Mayor of Jinja and President of the Association of Urban Authorities of Uganda. He was briefed on the Africities Summit. Given the similarities with the city of Khénifra of Morocco (source of Oued Oum Rabii), the Director of ALGA proposed to the Mayor to think about a twinning project with this city.
  4. During the excursion, the participants visited the Civil Service College where a presentation was made on this Institution created in 2010 and inaugurated in 2014 by the Head of State of the Republic of Uganda. As an ecological Establishment, each country represented had the opportunity to plant a tree in the College Garden. Thus, the UCLG-Africa Delegation planted no less than twelve (12) trees, each bearing the name of the country concerned. At the request of the Director of ALGA, a tree was planted in the name of UCLG Africa and its Academy, next to the trees of UNDESA and the Commonwealth.

The Tree of UCLG Africa and ALGA

  1.  The UCLG-Africa delegation had the opportunity to present a Vote of Thanks and Encouragement at the closing ceremony of the Conference, read by the “Dean” of Territorial Managers participating in the Conference, Mr. Itum Boneyk Kimina, Vice President Africa Technet, DRC (copy attached).
  2. During the closing ceremony, the Representative of the Deputy Minister to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration Reform and the Public Service of Morocco announced the candidature of the Kingdom of Morocco to host the 6th Conference of the APS-HRMnet in 2019; proposal unanimously approved by the participants.
  3. The Delegation discussed several cooperation, collaboration and partnership projects and did a lot of lobbying for the Africities Summit.
  4.  ALGA had a desk to present communication documents on UCLG-Africa, on Africities and on the projects of the Academy.
  5. The members of the Board of the Networks took advantage of this Conference opportunity to discuss the evolution of their networks, the mobilization for Africities and the preparation of their next General Assemblies./.

 

African Day of Decentralization and Local Development : UCLG Africa Joins the Kingdom of Morocco for a Successful Celebration

One year after its return within the African Union (AU), the Kingdom of Morocco, like the other countries of the continent, marked the celebration on 10 August 2018, of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development (JADDL).

The Government of Morocco, the Pan-African Organization of Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) organized a conference on the central theme adopted by the AU for this day: “Fighting corruption at the local level: a sustainable way to transform Africa from its territories”. The meeting was held on Friday 10 August 2018 at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The conference attracted the interest of several government officials, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Morocco, representatives of international organizations, experts, researchers and academics. The meeting witnessed the opening addresses by: His Excellency Mr. Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National Spatial Planning, City Planning, Housing and City Policy, Mr. Abdelouahhab El Jabri, Governor, Director of Training of the Administrative and Technical Executives, Representative of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Benyacoub, Director of Arts, Representative of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Mohamed Aouad, Vice-President of ARM, Mr. Mohamed Yassine Daoudi, Vice-President of AMPCC, Ms. Leila Rhiwi, Representative of the UN Women’s Multilateral Office for the Maghreb and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The various speakers welcomed the legal instruments that already exist in the field of the fight against corruption and the efforts deployed by Morocco for their implementation, particularly at the local level, notably through its policy of advanced regionalization. “The fight against corruption requires the operationalization of legal systems, the realization of tools for the promotion of participatory democracy and digitalization which is also an effective means through the dematerialization of procedures,” said Governor Abdelouahhab El Jabri. He also announced that Morocco would adopt its charter of administrative deconcentration by October 2018. According to the Minister of City Planning, Mr. Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, the fight also requires the strengthening of decentralized services. He urged local and regional governments to refocus on urban planning. The Vice-President of AMPCC, Mr. Yassine Daoudi expressed the wish for his country to sign and ratify the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development, so as to be endowed with a specific legal instrument for continental local governance. This charter was adopted at the Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government, held from 26 to 27 June 2014 in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

To fight corruption at the local level, the gender approach must be taken into account because “women are in the majority of cases, victims of the negative acts of corruption. They are more affected by this evil and it reinforces inequalities between genders,” said Ms. Leila of UN Women. “The eradication of corruption is a process that involves integrating the gender perspective in the fight. There is a need to understand properly the link between gender and corruption and promote the adoption of participatory budgeting with a gender approach,” she insisted.

Contribution of UCLG Africa

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa recalled that during this year 2018 designated by the African Union as the Year for the fight against corruption, it is important to take action so that “the people do not continue to have the impression that nothing is changing.”

UCLG Africa has joined Morocco in this celebration for the exemplary nature of the country in terms of advanced regionalization. Nevertheless, I request your support, Honorable Ministers, for  your country to sign and ratify the charter that will contribute to the improvement of local governance,” he pleaded.

As a contribution to the fight against corruption, UCLG Africa recommends to its members and the local and regional governments of the continent to:

  • Ensure that the local governments adopt a charter of service delivery to the people and that this charter be known and posted in their administration, and disseminated in the media;
  • Adopt one-stop shops for all administrative services to the citizens;

Adopt the participatory budget tool that allows citizen involvement in the management of the local government’s finances,

  • Adopt local budgets sensitive to gender.

In partnership with Transparency International, UCLG Africa will name and shame the local and regional governments performing poorly in the field of transparency and integrity, during a pilot phase which is currently implemented in volunteer local governments in Uganda, Namibia and Kenya. This tool will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit from 20 to 24 November 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Moroccan local elected officials are also invited to promote the territorial coaching approach within South / South cooperation, a tool launched in 2009 by UCLG Africa with the Oriental Region of Morocco and which is already gaining momentum in Senegal, in the Kaolack Region of this country, since 2017.

The participants also debated the two sub-themes of this day, namely:

  • Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in the management of local affairs: an impediment to the delivery of (i) basic services to the local people, (ii) social justice and (iii) peace;
  • Good Local Governance and promotion of the role of the Civil Society and the Media: A guarantee of success for the fight against corruption in the territories.

In his intervention, Mr. Mouatadid Moulay Abdellatif of the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption (ICPC), noted that the concept of conflict of interest remains difficult to grasp. “It is often confused with incompatibility or multiple mandates. To manage properly conflicts of interest, one must always put the general interest first. The media must play a very important role in raising awareness. They must disseminate a zero tolerance policy against acts of corruption, mobilize public opinion to denounce and counter these practices, have a code of ethics, review the regulations on the status of journalists who are often characterized by this phenomenon during the fulfillment of their function, build up the capacities of the information professionals especially in terms of investigative journalism,” he explained. As recommendation, Mr. Abdellatif advocated for comprehensive and integrated approach where each stakeholder fulfills his role.

The European approach to fighting corruption at the local level was also shared. Mr. Jose Luis Herrero Ansola, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Morocco presented the 12 principles of good democratic governance. This tool promotes the values ​​of transparency, accountability, sound management and accountability. “The Council of Europe has a monitoring mechanism to evaluate municipalities that respect their commitment. The evaluation is conducted in 3 stages: self-evaluation by the local authorities themselves (via a questionnaire), the evaluation of the public (citizens’ survey), satisfaction of the elected officials through interviews with them,” he explained.

A presentation was also made during the meeting on the principles of good governance under the decentralization laws of Morocco. The document was presented by Mr. Adil El Moudden, of the Department of Local Governments. Mr. Said Chakri of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) presented a paper on “Africa and Climate Justice”. He said corruption is an impediment to  the fight against climate change because the gateway to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is environmental, including SDG 16, which aims to reduce markedly corruption and the practice of bribery in all their forms (Target 16.5) and to set up effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels (Target 16.6). “40% of Africans live in an extreme poverty yet Africa is endowed with a huge human potential that will be 2 billion by 2050. In terms of vulnerability to climate change, no African country is immune yet Africa is the continent that pollutes the least,” he lamented.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi:  Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email:  gyomi@uclga.org

 

ALGA represented UCLG Africa at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes for Administration (IASIA)

The International Association of Schools and Institutes for Administration (IASIA), organized his annual Conference in Republic of Peru, from 23 to 26 July 2018 on the theme “Globalization, Territories and Integration”. UCLG Africa, was represented by Dr Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA).

UCLG Africa was admitted as a Corporate member of the International Institute of Administrative Science (IIAS), while ALGA was admitted as Corporate member of IASIA since February 2017 by the Boards of this 2 Organizations, based in Belgium (Brussels).

The Conference organized in Partnership with the Peruvian Authorities was attended by 250 participants representing 48 Countries.

The main activities where the Director of ALGA was involved are as following:

  • The Director of ALGA served as the Chair of the Working Group II of IASIA on Ethics and Culture of the Public Sector on Monday 23 July 2018;
  • Presentation of a paper on “Financial Autonomy of Territorial Collectivities in Morocco: Between Achievements and Challenges of Local Self-Government & Subsidiarity”, on 25 July 2018;
  • Presentation during the Working Group IV on “Subnational Governance and Development” on “Empowering and Equipping Local Governments to deal with the SDGs: Roadmap and Progress in Localizing the Global Agendas in Africa on Thursday 26 July, 2018;
  • Participation to the General Assembly of IASIA on Thursday 26 July 2018;
  • Organization of a meeting with the Operators identified to be involved during Africities 8 Summit (20-24 November 2018 , Marrakesh, Moroco) namely the UNDESA, the IISA, the AISIA, and BIPA/MENAPAR. She presented the theme of the Summit, the concept note, the methodology and the conditions required.
  • Dissemination of a large documentation on UCLG Africa, Africities Summit 2018, and ALGA.

Read the full report of the Director of ALGA here.

Capacity Building: Register for the MOOCs on SDGs, Corruption Prevention & Urbanization

The African Local Goverment Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa shares the following training offers available online on topics related to local governance :

MOOC on the SDGs of ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency): End of registration on 03 October 2018 :

MOOC “Building sustainable in tropical humid zone” of the ADEME

MOOC on the prevention of corruption in the local public management carried out by the CNFPT and the French Anti-corruption Agency: free registration and open to all. The next class will begin on September 24, 2018.

Online course offer from UNPAN Available topics include: Citizen Engagement and Development Management, Electronic and Mobile Government, Institution and Human Resources Management and Knowledge Management in Government.

 

“Corruption must be eradicated, firstly at the local level.” Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi

UCLG Africa participated in the United Nations Forum on Public Service which was held in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco, June 21-23, 2018. The forum was organized around the topic:“Transforming governance for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals,”, and was attended by 800 participants from 165 countries, including 44 ministers.

During the second day of the forum, the African Union Specialized Technical Committee No. 8 on Public Service, Local Governments, Urban Development and Decentralization (STC No. 8), organized a “Side Event” on the topic: “Transparency, Integrity and the Fight against Corruption: A key requirement for the achievement of Sustainable Development.”The event was organized in partnership, and with the support of, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); the Ministry of Reform of Administration and Public Service of the Kingdom of Morocco; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) with its African Local Governments Academy(ALGA).

In his opening address, the Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, stated, “Corruption tarnishes the image of local authorities. The issue at stake is restoring respect and trust between local elected officials and the people. We are here to make commitments to eradicate this scourge, which renders Africa unable to achieve the expected development. Corruption destroys the meaning of youth efforts. This issue needs to be eradicated firstly at the local level.”

The Ugandan Minister of Public Service, H.E. Wilson Muruli Mukasa invited participants to make their recommendations.

The first panel dealt with the “International and African instruments in the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency and integrity: Roles, responsibilities and commitments.” Ms. Susanne Kuehn, Senior Technical Advisor for Anti-Corruption and Strengthening of National Integrity Systems, UNDP, presented a paper on the UN Convention against Corruption and SDG 16. “Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for all for the purposes of sustainable development, ensuring access to justice for all, and establishing effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

Mr. Mohamed Boussraoui, Director of Programs at UCLG, stressed the importance of support for the implementation of SDG 16, including at the level of the world organization of local elected officials, stating, “Corruption is a serious obstacle to equality.” As part of its process for localizing the SDGs, UCLG created a series of instructional videos on the SDGs, including SDG 16, which was produced in partnership with UNDP. The working group on Transparency and Accountability also made its contributions to the issue.

At the African level, the Member-States of the African Union (AU) dedicated the year 2018 to, the fight against corruption with a number of legal instruments existing to be used in that fight: The African Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Corruption; the African Charter on Public Service; and the African Charter on the Values ​​and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development. “The fight against this scourge occupies a salient position at the heart of Agenda 2063, whose content has already been adopted by 36% of countries,” observed Professor Johnson Faladé, Special Advisor to UCLG Africa.

“Corruption increases the cost of investment and scares investors. It promotes the capture of the State by interest groups.” Mr. Yassir Chokairi, Director of the Partnership and Development Pole of ICPC, Morocco.

The Director of the Partnership and Development Division of the Moroccan Central Corruption Prevention Body (ICPC) explained Morocco’s anti-corruption efforts, which began in 1999, with the first anti-corruption program launched from 2005 to 2009. The Director described the Moroccan experience as one that could be a source of inspiration for others. However, he pointed out, “There is not a single realistic method. We must set up simple and realistic techniques.”

Dr. Ethelbert Chinedu Nwokorie, from the School of Public Management at Vaasa University (Finland) presented a study entitled “How corruption affects management.” The study, conducted in Ghana and Nigeria, revealed that corrupt managers did not make themselves accessible to others and that they did not respect other employees.

Actions, tools and means

The second panel presented actions and tools that could be used in fighting corruption. In Azerbaijan, where there is an emphasis on transparency and accountability, citizen radio debates are held between ministers and the public, “They answer citizens’ questions about their management,” explained Mr. Azad Jafarli of the National Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the chairmanship of Azerbaijan’s Head of State (ASAN). “Major countries, such as Canada, are highly ranked in the fight against corruption. However this does not mean that the country is in a position to be safe from certain scandals.

To this, Ms. Fatima Houda Pépin, International Consultant, stated, “We must put in symbiosis all the bodies involved at different levels of governance.”

Chantal Uwimana, International Consultant, observed that, “Without transparency, the pillars of governance will not be achieved. Cape Verde is a good example of transparency with a participatory approach.”

Mamadou Mansour Diagne, from ENDA-Ecopop, referred to the promotion of participatory and inclusive governance through participatory budgeting, stating, “Participatory budgeting is a powerful tool to fight corruption.”

Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of the African Local Government Academy of UCLG Africa presented the paper, “Investing in the human capital of local and regional governments”. She observed that quality training for officers of public services, as well as local and regional governments, wiould help to empower stakeholders and create a professional conscience.

Participants formulated recommendations in a declaration that was adopted at the end of the workshop.

The main recommendations are to:

• Establish strict compliance with the rules of transparency in the award of local public procurement contracts and the application of contractual clauses, and the implementation of exemplary sanctions in the event of non compliance and rewarding incentives for compliance.

• Subject the administrative and financial management of cities and territories to regular audits whose results are to be made public in order to develop the culture of accountability;

• Launch public campaigns to promote transparency and integrity in the governance of cities and territories with the support of the media highlighting notably the dangers of corruption and mismanagement of public property and its impact negative on the promotion of the values ​​of effort and equity, especially among young people.

• Develop support systems for local and regional governments to establish the culture of performance in the management of local public institutions and the delivery of basic services to the citizens;

• Define a strategy for the deployment and recruitment of quality human resources in the administrations of cities and territories, and build up their capacities, relying especially on the mechanism of the African Local and Regional Government Academy (ALGA) set up by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa;

• Protect by the legislative texts the whistleblowers providing information on corruption acts, and prosecute relentlessly the perpetrators of revealed corruption crimes.

ALGA  Organize the 2nd Focus Group of the Human Resources Observatory of Local and Regional Governments in Africa 

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
Email: gyomi@uclga.org

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