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    African State-formation and Bureaucracy in Comparative Perspective

    Venue: Wits Professional Development Hub (PDH) University of the Witwatersrand.

     September 17 2013

    On the 17th till 18th September 2013, The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) hosted a conference on African State-Formation and Bureaucracy in Comparative Perspective​ at the Wits Professional Development Hub. 

    The scholarship on state formation has argued strongly for the significance of bureaucratic structures in the development and creation of functional states. This conference examined state formation through the lens of bureaucracy. 

    Focusing primarily on Africa, discussions looked at state formation through the lens of bureaucracy, primarily on Africa.The question posed was ‘what is the relationship between bureaucracies and state formation’?

    The conference was launched with a panel Panel Discussion on the topic: "When Governments Work: Why the Public Service Matters?"


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    Chaired By Ferial Haffajee, Editor of City Press, the panelists included: 

      Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director (MISTRA) and former Director of Policy in the Presidency

    EghosaOsaghae, Professor of Comparative Politics and Vice Chanchellor at Igbinedion University

    Eun-Jeung Lee, Professor in the Institute of Korean Studies at the Freie Universitat, Berlin 

     Ketso Gordan, Former City Manager of Joburg and Advisor in the Presidency. Currently CEO of Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC)


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    During the conference deliberations MISTRA Director Operations, Mr Abba Yacoob Omar, presented a paper on “State formation paradigms in Africa”. Whilst MISTRA Head of Political Economy, DrMcebisi Ndletyana, participated as a discussant under the theme “Colonial Bureaucracies and state formation”. 


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    Download theConference programme.pdfConference programme.pdf

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