Using training to promote civil service reform: A Tanzanian local government case study

William Mccourt, Willy McCourt, Nazar Sola

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Abstract

Since 1993, Tanzania has been pursuing a programme of civil service reform which has emphasized job reduction. In local government the importance of reform and the lack of previous training for the manpower management officers (MMOs) responsible for job reduction are an argument for training, while the complex institutional arrangements of local government and the difficult circumstances in which the MMOs work are a potential constraint on its effectiveness. A programme of training for the MMOs and its theoretical underpinnings in terms of transfer of learning are outlined. Discussion of the programme's effectiveness leads to a discussion of the limited effectiveness of even well-designed training in isolation, and of the complementary organizational and institutional development interventions which are desirable in order to increase its effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration and Development
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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