Responsible public Governance : an authentic and universal alternative for more efficient human and ethical public services
Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo GD. CAFRAD Yaoundé May 2017
Cultural Dimension of Administrative Reform in Africa


The conference is organized on the one hand to take stocks of the reforms carried out since the dates of independence until today, and the other to trace the ways to lead to reforms to be undertaken during the 21th century. It is therefore expected that at the end of the conference, participants will have a good understanding of reforms as they are obtainable in various African countries, challenges encountered and the means used to carry out these reforms. It is also expected that participants draw lessons and conclusions on these activities of the past to better prepare future reforms.
The organizers also expect that participants, while considering the options to be adopted in their future reforms, will take them into account in their current programs. It is certain that the conference will build the capacity of participants in reforms and improve the performance of public services and state institutions. Finally, it is expected that this meeting will serve as a reflection on the past to better understand the current opportunities and better establish the economic and social development programs. A report will be prepared at the end of the conference and all the activities will be published and distributed throughout the continent.


This conference is intended as a framework for the exchange and sharing on the very crucial issue for African States which initiate decisively the actual construction of their economic and social emergence. Indeed, beyond the discussions that surround the issue of emergence, it goes without saying that no country or no system, called of reference, was built without previous cultural roots. Therefore, as an organization in charge of Pan-African problems of governance and administrative reforms, it seems indispensable to establish a privileged framework for consultation between African countries to enable them to build themselves and build an integrated system of reform at the African level, so as to enable them to build their administrations marrying contexts, while remaining open to the world and able to respond adequately to the current challenges of the globalized society. To do so, various topics will be covered.

Arrival of Delegates - Participants
08:30 - 09:00
Registration of delegates - participants
09:00 - 10:00
Opening ceremony
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Welcome address by the Director-General of CAFRAD (Dr. Stéphane MONNEY MOUANDJO)
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Presentation of Participants
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Presentation of the Programme
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 12:30
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Chairperson: M. Dawda D. FADERA (The Gambia)
10:30 - 11:45
Culture, cultures and traditions in the practice of the reform of public governance and governance of administrations in Africa: the problem of culture in the construction of the State; (Dr. Stéphane MONNEY MOUANDJO – Director-General of CAFRAD)
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 16:45
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Chairperson: Mr. Amara CAMARA (Guinea)
14:00 - 14:45
Are the charters on shared principles and values of the Administration and Governance a start of a solution for ''in-cultures'' reforms in Africa; (H.E. Mr. Martial SOUNTON – Benin)
14:45 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 16:45
Universality and contextuality of administrative reforms in Africa: can we go or should we go towards the demand for a 'cultural exception'? (Prof. Gabriel GUNDU – Nigeria)
16:45 - 17:45
09:00 - 12:45
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Chairperson: Dr. Gabriel GUNDU (Nigeria)
09:00 - 09:45
Reform as a cultural expression or cultural deconstruction in Africa: the role and place of public institutions in supporting administrative and governance reforms. (Mr. Alphonse MEKOLO)
09:45 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45
Role and place of schools and administrative training and governance institutes in building cultural roots of administrative reforms and governance in Africa
11:45 - 12:45
12:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 17:00
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Chairperson: M. Abdoulaye DJIBEYE (Niger)
14:30 - 17:00
Sharing of countries experiences
14:30 - 16:00
First Session
16:00 - 16:15
Coffee break
16:15 - 17:00
Second Session
09:00 - 13:00
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Chairperson: H.E. Mr. Sékou KOUROUMA (Guinea)
09:00 - 11:00
Group sessions: Topic 1: The experience of the cultural dimension in the administrative reforms of implementation in Africa since the independence: Q1: what are the major challenges faced? Q2: How will the challenges be addressed successfully? Q3: What are the main valuable lessons to be learned from this experience? Topic 2: The prospects of administrative reforms in Africa in the 21st century: Q1: What are the Global Emergent remarks on the continent change that would have an impact on the implementation of this phase of administrative reform in Africa? Q2: What are the key success factors? Q3: What are the appropriate strategies that should be adopted?
11:00 - 11:15
Coffee break
11:15 - 12:00
Presentation of groups’ reports
12:00 - 12:30
Presentation of the summary report of the Conference
12:30 - 13:00
Closing session
13:00 - 14:30
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Departure of participants