Auditing Good Government in Africa: Public Sector Reform, by M. Gustavson

By M. Gustavson

This ebook offers a entire assessment of the literature on improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa, and demanding situations the notions of African public officers provided there. It specializes in public audit associations and gives wealthy empirical study effects, which contradicts many assumptions made within the literature on improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The idea is not just to increase the capacity through technical solutions and an increase of resources. Rather, the focus is on the transfer of knowledge and practices between the authorities. One could argue that these administrative reforms and capacity-building programs, which seek to create good government, are similar to the efforts made throughout history to introduce Western structures (cf. Abrahamsen 2000). However, there is now a change in the discourse, and the idea is emerging that structures and practices need to be adjusted to suit the prevailing local circumstances.

10) Here, it is claimed that there is no fundamental difference in attitudes towards African societies during colonialism and how good government and modernization of these countries are discussed within the international community today. This critique has theoretical influences from postcolonial theory as well as from dependency theory. As discussed in the first chapter, the moral aspects of the relationship between the West and the rest of the world are well developed within postcolonial theory.

The choice of personal interviews was made because of the qualitative nature of the study: ‘Interviewing is necessary when we cannot observe behavior, feelings, or how people interpret the world around them’ (Merriam 2009 p. 88). Hence, to be able to capture the auditors’ thoughts and possible feelings about the relationship between the standards and their local conditions in Namibia and Botswana, personal interviews were chosen as the main methodology. The interviews conducted were semistructured, which allowed for aspects within the theoretical approaches to be covered well, as well as being flexible enough to respond to and explore new aspects revealed during the interview situation (Merriam 2009).

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