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Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers' Network (APS-HRMnet)

The Africa Human Resource Managers' Network (APS-HRMnet) was launched during the capacity building workshop of UNDESA in Arusha, Tanzania on 27 February 2009.  The main objective of APS-HRMnet is to enhance the capacity of human resource managers in the public service in Africa.   This website is dedicated to the members of APS-HRMnet and serves as a forum for a continuous exchange of ideas and best practices among human resources managers in order to enhance their capacities.  The site contains tools for on-line conferences and group discussion and serve as a forum for live discussion.  It also enables members to download and upload literatures on human resource management and facilitate access to the on-line training programmes on human resource management.

To become a member of the APS-HRMnet, you can either complete the on-line form below or download the form and send the duly completed form by mail. 

 


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Introduction

The quality of Human resources is critical to the development of any country. Global, regional and national commitments to sustainable and poverty reduction such as the millennium Development Goals (MDGs) need human capacities in the public, private, and civil society sectors to transform these commitments into results. Therefore, public sector human resource managers occupy a strategic position in the development of a country. However, in many African countries, it has been found out that this strategy position is not recognized in the formulation of development plans and programmes, and human resource managers in the public sector may not be professionally tuned to the critical role they should play. [Read More]


Constitution

PREAMBLE

Pursuant to the recommendation contained in the Communiqué of the 29th AAPAM Roundtable Conference which took place in Mbabane, Swaziland, from 3 to 7 September 2007;

And in order to promote, improve and strengthen excellence, integrity and professional standards in the practice of human resource management in the public sector in Africa;
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Events


Strengthening Human Resource Managers’ Capacities in Africa’s Public Service for Effective Performance Management and Service Delivery, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania, 12 to 16 November 2012


Managers of the public service in African countries including ministers responsible for public service, permanent secretaries, senior public servants in central and local governments, public administration and management trainers, directors of public administration and management development institutes, human resource managers from public sector institutions, and representatives of development partners, will gather during the 34th AAPAM Roundtable to discuss and share innovative ways of performance management in the public service in Africa.

UNDESA would organize a capacity building workshop on “Enhancing performance management to improve service delivery in Africa” during the 34th Round Table Conference of AAPAM in collaboration with the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Mangers Network (APS-HRMnet). Therefore it is planned that the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Mangers Network (APS-HRMnet) will hold an expert and practitioners panel on the role of human resource mangers in performance management during the plenary sessions of the AAPAM Roundtable.

The overall objective is to contribute to the development of the capacity of the Public Service managers and leaders especially human resource managers to effectively manage performance in the public service. The workshop will be integrated in the 34th Roundtable of the AAPAM not only to enable human resource managers benefit from the experts provided by the Roundtable but also to enable the leadership and management of the public service benefit from the input of the human resource managers.

Background Documents





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STUDY TOURS FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN AFRICA
  - 2012

Background information on the Study Tours

Human resource managers in the public service occupy a strategic position in the development of a country. The Seventh Africa Governance Forum (AGF 7), which took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, at the end of October 2007, discussed the issues related to public service reforms and enhancing institutional and human capacities in the public sector and recommended an emphasis on strengthening the capacities of human resource management in Africa’s public sector institutions. In response to this recommendation and recognizing the importance of sharing experiences and best practices among developing countries to find viable solutions to common problems, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with a group of African senior human resource managers, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), initiated the establishment of the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers’ Network (APS-HRMnet). The Network was launched on 27 February 2009 in Arusha, Tanzania, during the UNDESA sponsored Workshop on Capacity Building for Human Resource Development Policy and Strategy in the Public Service in Africa.

In order to strengthen APS-HRMnet, UNDESA, through its development account project has provided funding for the organization of two capacity building workshops and two expert group meetings; and designed a website for APS-HRMnet, and an online training programme on human resource management. Another activity planned under this project is a study tour for human resource managers in the public sector in Africa in order to promote the sharing and transfer knowledge and best practices in specific human resource management areas.

Thematic areas for the study tour and host countries that will provide training and facilitate knowledge transfer in the respective areas were identified by the Executive Committee of APS-HRMnet during a meeting held in Lilongwe, Malawi in November 2011. The choice of host countries took into account among other parameters the strength of various countries in specific areas of human resources management and development and their capacity to offer the training and undertake the necessary logistical arrangements.

The study tours are expected to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of APS-HRMnet, especially the second objective, which is “identifying and sharing best practices in human resource management so as to assist public sector organizations improve their performance in human resource management and public service in general.”

    • Study Tour in the Kingdom of Morocco from 1 to 8 October 2012



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      Expert Group Meeting on “Strategies for Attracting the best talent in the Public Service in Africa” ,  Crossroads Complex, Lilongwe, Malawi, 14 to 18 November, 2011

      In connection with the 33rd Annual AAPAM Roundtable Conference, this Expert Group Meeting is being organised jointly with APS-HRMnet and AAPAM. UNDESA and the APS-HRMnet will work with AAPAM during its 33rd Roundtable Conference and organise discussion panels and an Expert Meeting on “Attracting the best talent in the Public Service in Africa”. One of the issues to be discussed during the Expert Group Meeting is how to attract the best talent in the public service in African countries to serve in local governments especially in rural areas.

      Objectives:
      The main objective is two fold: to highlight the challenges related to attracting high performing public servants to serve in local governments especially in rural Africa and to propose strategies for attracting the best talent to boost improvement in the delivery of public service at local level. The Expert Group Meeting will provide a forum for sharing information and knowledge as well as providing advice to policy formulators (especially human resource managers in the public service) and policy makers (especially Ministers responsible for public service and local government ) on the elements of policies and strategies that should be instituted in the public service to attract the best human resources to serve at local level for effective implementation of government policies and programs especially those related to the achievement of the MDGs and other internationally agreed development agenda.

      Background Documents:



      Capacity Building Workshop on “Promoting Professionalism in the Public Service: Strengthening the Role of Human Resource Managers in the Public Sector for the effective implementation of the Charter for Public Service in Africa” , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 14 to 18 March 2011

      This is the second major training workshop to be implemented under the development account project of UNDESA. The rationale behind this Charter is to build trust in government by establishing predictable and consistent service delivery standards and conduct of public officials that will ensure that citizens are treated fairly, equitably and without bias wherever they access government services. If well implemented and followed to its letter, the Charter holds potential for promoting and ensuring professional and ethical behavior, transparency, accountability, and integrity in the public service. It is a strong vehicle for promoting professionalism in the Public Service in Africa. However, it is realized now that without the direct engagement of the managers of the Human resource in the Public service in the application and enforcement of the Charter, it is likely to remain just a framework. This is why the capacity building workshop for public sector human resource managers in the public service in Africa which is planned in Addis Ababa in March 2011 is focused on promoting professionalism through strengthening the role of human resource managers in the implementation of the Charter for Public Service in Africa. As Africa’s Public Service strategize on how to build professionalism, the human resource managers in any public sector institution need to be taken as a strategic partner, adviser, and even coach in this endeavor. But for this to be effective, the human resource managers must be equipped with knowledge, skills, networks, attitude, and predisposition that enable them to play this role.

      Background Documentation:

      Session Two

      1. Reflections on Strengthening Capacities for Professionalism in Africa’s Public Sector, by Dr. John Mary Kauzya  /  French Version
      2. Hard Power:  Soft Power, by Mr. John Lavelle

      Session Three

      1. Promoting and strengthening professionalism in the civil service: The Ethiopian case, by Mr. Adebabay Abay Gebrekidan
      2. Liens de collaboration, de partenariat et de travail en réseau pour promouvoir le professionnalisme dans le secteur public et la mise en œuvre de la Charte Africaine des valeurs et principes du service public et de l’administration, par Simon Mamosi Lelo  /  English version
      3. Strengthening Professionalism in the Public Service: An African Context and Perspective, by Tunji Olaopa, PhD.
      4. Civil Service in Ethiopia: the Marriage between  Profession and Politics, by Tesfaye Debela (PhD)

      Session Four

      1. Implementing the African Charter for the Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration: Challenges and Strategies by Alfred Tjirorua Tjihambuma:  English / French 

      Session Five

      1. Public Sector Human Resource Managers Promoting Professionalism and Implementing the Public Service Charter at National Level: Roles, Facilitating and Inhibiting Factors and Strategic Actions, by Ms. Florence Wachira :  English / French
      2. Le role de directeurs des ressources humaines dans la promotion du proffessionalism dans la fonction publique et la mise en œuvre de la Charte Africaine sur les valeurs et principes de la fonction publique et l’administration, par M. Maurice Limbaya Kasonga :  French Version  /    English version
      3. Public Sector HR Managers Promoting Professionalism and Implementing the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Public Service, by Mr. Mashwahle J. Diphofa

      Session Six

      1. La Promotion du professionnalisme et la mise en ouevre de la Charte du service public dans le Secteur public en Afrique:  Role des gestionnaires des ressources humaines, facteurs de facilitation, facteurs d'inhibition et actions strategiques, par Jean Yves Djamen, Ph. D., Ing. / English version
      2. Public Sector Human Resource Managers Promoting Professionalism and Implementing the Public Service Cherter at the National Level: Facilitating and Inhibiting Factors and Strategic Actions, by Dr. Faisal Issa 
      3. The Role of Human Resource Managers in the Public Service in Promoting Professionalism and Implementing the Charter for Public Service in Africa, by Mrs. Adah K. Muwanga  

      POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS

      1. Reflections on Strengthening Capacities for Professionalism in Africa’s Public Sector, by Dr. John Mary Kauzya
      2. Presentation of the updated APS-HRMnet website and the on-line training on human resource management by Ms. Almaz Atnafu Woldekidane 
      3. Le role de directeurs des ressources humaines dans la promotion du proffessionalism dans la fonction publique et la mise en œuvre de la Charte Africaine sur les valeurs et principes de la fonction publique et l’administration par Maurice Limbaya Kasonga
      4. Accessing Human Resources Managers Capacity Development Online Course 

      OTHER DOCUMENTS

       COMMUNIQUE

      FINAL REPORT

      EVALUATION REPORT
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      32nd AAPAM Annual Roundtable Conference:  Expert Group Meeting on Human Resource Management Policy in the Public Sector in Africa.  Durban, South Africa, 15 – 19 November 2010

      Presentations:

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      Capacity Building Workshop for Public Sector Human Resource Managers in Africa on "Strengthening Human Resource Capacities for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Africa's Development" will be held from 12-16 April 2010 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

      Public sector human resource managers occupy a strategic position in the development of a country, however, in many African countries, this strategic position is not recognized in the formulation of strategies, and human resource managers in the public sector may not be professionally tuned to the critical role they should play. 

      The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs working with UNDP and African partners has embarked on a coordinated program to strengthen the human resource management function in the public service in Africa.  In this context, this workshop is being organized with its main objective to enhance the capacity of human resource managers in the public service in Africa to carry out the various functions of HRM in the public service to improve performance.

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      FINAL REPORT:  English / French

      EVALUATION REPORT
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      Workshop on Capacity Building for Human Resource Development Policy & Strategy in the Public Service 

      The Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DPADM/UNDESA) is organizing a training workshop in collaboration with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania in Arusha, Tanzania from 23 to 27 February 2009, at the Arusha International Conference Center, to launch the African Human Resources Management Network - APSHRMnet.

      The idea to establish this Network was born in Cape Town (South Africa) during the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Conference in April 2007. Following the meeting in Cape Town, a selected group of human resource managers established a Working Group and met at various meetings organized by DPADM/UNDESA in Mbabane (Swaziland) in September 2007, in Kampala (Uganda) in April 2008 and finally in Accra (Ghana) in October 2008.

      This workshop marks the culmination of the work of the UNDESA and a selected Group of Human Resource Managers of the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda to establish the network through which professional management of human resources in the public sector in Africa can be institutionalised to sustain capacity development.

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      Enhancing the Performance of the Public Service in a Development State with a Focus on Human Resource Capacity Building, Accra, Ghana- 6-10 October 2008

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      AAPAM Roundtable Conference in Swaziland, September 2007

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      Meeting of Human Resource Managers from African Countries who Participated in the IPMA International Symposium and International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa- 17 April 2007

      Note on establishing a network by Human Resource Managers in the Public Sector from African Countries

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      Contacts

      John-Mary Kauzya, Dr.
      Chief, Governance and Public Administration Branch
      Division for Public Administration and Development Management
      United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
      Room DC2-1742
      New York, N.Y. 10017
      Phone: (212) 963-1973
      Fax: (212) 963-2916
      Email: kauzya@un.org

      or

      Almaz Atnafu WOLDEKIDANE, Ms.
      Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer
      Division for Public Administration and Development Management
      Department of Economic and Social Affairs
      Room DC2-1740
      New York, N.Y. 10017
      Tel: +1-917-367-9994
      Fax: +1-212-963-2916
      Email: almaz@un.org
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