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|Title: ||Assessment of capacity development through public private partnership a case study of the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs in the Eastern Cape|
|Authors: ||Sogoni, Mbulelo|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||University of Fort Hare|
The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a capacity development programme initiated by the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEA) as a mechanism to enhance the performance of the employees in order to improve service delivery to the people of the Eastern Cape. The public service is enjoined by the Constitution to provide services that citizens need, and for this reason it is in need of educated, trained and professional public servants, especially in the technical, professional and managerial categories. The department also recognized the potential of public–private partnerships (PPPs) to improve performance in the areas of transformation and service delivery, and that it required investments aimed at developing and strengthening public management capacity. However, the effectiveness of the PPP as a mechanism for capacity development, remained unknown.
The literature reviewed overwhelmingly supported the assertion that human capital development is critical for performance in the public service. The review also highlighted the importance of partnerships, especially the role of the private sector in the area of capacity development, advancing the argument that PPPs should be pursued in order to leverage ideas, resources, and capabilities to achieve public service goals.
Various research tools, namely interviews, questionnaires and document analysis were used to conduct the study. Data collected and analysed provided empirical evidence of improved performance of both the individual managers and the department in the functional areas of financial governance and management; programme and project management; as well as ethics and professionalism. It suggested a strong correlation between training, capacity development and service delivery.
This research found the DEDEA/National Business Initiative (NBI) PPP initiative, as a capacity development mechanism to enhance the performance of the department‟s employees, effective. On strength of the overwhelming evidence gathered through this research, it strongly recommends that the programme be rolled out to other employees.
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
AFS Annual Financial Statements
APRM African Peer Review Mechanism
ASGISA Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa
DEDEA Department of Economic Development|
|Description: ||Thesis (MPA)--University of Fort Hare,2011|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings: ||Human capital--South Africa--Eastern Cape|
Public private sector cooperation--South Africa--Eastern Cape
Economic development--South Africa--Eastern Cape
Sustainable development--South Africa--Eastern Cape
Community development--South Africa--Eastern Cape
|Appears in Collections:||Theses and Dissertations (Public Administration)|
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