CESPAM aims at:
Providing quality training in public administration and management
Promoting & disseminating best-practice in the region
Improving organisational performance primarily in the public sector
Improving the skills of practising administrators and managers
Increasing the number of trained personnel in the region
Ensuring a continuing supply of highly trained graduates in public administration and management
Contributing toward improved performance of the economies of the SADC member states
In attaining these objectives, the programme will take into consideration the relevant developments that have taken place in the region. These include, amongst others:
Changes in administration and managerial roles and styles
An emphasis on policy analysis and coordination
The shift in emphasis from procedural enforcement to effective service delivery to private enterprise and to the public at large
An emphasis on public sector reform
The privatisation and commercialisation of public entities
The change from central planning to sectorial planning
A general emphasis on political and economic liberalisation
The emphasis on good governance, accountability, ethics, leadership and codes of conduct
Concerns with value for money and performance management
CESPAM undertakes the following activities:
This consists of two components:
Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA)
Short-Term executive programmes (STEPS)
Research is conducted into those primary areas and issues which will:
Lead to improvement in organisational performance primarily in the public sector
Contribute toward improved performance of the economies of SADC member states
Improve feedback to training materials development for the enhancement of public administration and management
Consultancy services are provided by CESPAM as requested by SADC member states, public and private sector insitiutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.
CESPAM networks and creates linkages with institutional and relevant professional organisations, both within and outside of the SADC region, to deliver cost-effective programmes. These services are being enhanced by the use of the Internet and Web-based resources offering:
Content on Institutional Development, Public Service Management, Human Resource Development and E-Government
Links to the world-wide information resources in the area of Public Administration and Management
Directories of useful contacts
Moderated electronic discussion and expert advice on topical issues affecting policy-makers and senior management
Information on educational and consultancy programmes offered by CESPAM and other relevant institutions
CESPAM is housed in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. It is headed by a Director and two bodies are responsible for governing it.
A Management Board and
An Advisory Committee
The Management Board advises and supports the Director in dealing with the day to day management of the Centre and the Advisory Committee is responsible for ensuring that an appropriate link is maintained between CESPAM and SADC and that all regional aspects of CESPAM’s mandate are taken on board. The Advisory Committee meets at least once per year to review the work of CESPAM.
CESPAM received seed funding from the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of Belgium and other donors.
Partnerships are being developed to reinforce the breath and depth of treatment of those areas of interest to the SADC community. CESPAM’s current partners include the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) and the Commonwealth Network of Information Technology for Development (COMNET-IT).