Strengthening public sector human resource management

Strengthening public sector human resource management (UN Photo/Tim McKulka)A capacity building workshop on “Innovation and Performance Evaluation in Africa’s Public Service: The Role of Human Resource Managers” will be organized in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11-13 December.

The event is arranged by UN DESA in partnership with the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers’ Network (APS-HRMnet) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The main objective of the workshop is to exchange ideas and best practices and explore strategies for strengthening the role of human resource managers in promoting innovation and performance evaluation of the public service with the aim of building the capacity of the public service in Africa for efficient public service delivery.

Innovation is not an exclusive phenomenon that is happening only in the private sector. The public sector has also demonstrated capability to innovate in order to improve delivering public services. To validate that, one has just to look at the increasing rate of nominations to the United Nations Public Service Award each year which has gone up from 81 in 2003 to 601 in 2013.

However, most innovative practices so far nominated focus on improving service delivery in the areas including health, education and gender equality. Very few addresses the improvement of performance of the human resources that are delivering the services. While it is critical that the services delivered become better, it is also important that the capacities for innovation especially in terms of human resources are supported and improved.

For more information:

“Innovation and Performance Evaluation in Africa’s Public Service: The Role of Human Resource Managers”