Spotlights Public Service Leadership in Africa

In recent years, there has been extraordinary investment in African youth leadership and employment in critical spheres from entrepreneurship to the media. But creating and supporting opportunities for top talent in public service has been overlooked and underinvested.

Yet a strong, effective civil service is essential to leveraging other innovative developmental efforts — and is “the secret sauce” in a country’s ability to deliver services to its people, scale innovation and ensure inclusive growth and good governance.

So what are the opportunities, challenges and deficits in building civil service capacity in Africa? How can government recruit and support top talent? And why is investing now so important?

This series of articles, in partnership with Emerging Public Leaders, will bring together the views of new, disruptive changemakers and established leaders to tackle these and other critical questions around building a modern civil service across the continent.

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