Call for Papers
You are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for the 2012 ASSADPAM Conference to be held from 31 October 2012 to 1 November 2012.



Effective Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Good Governance



There shall be 5 sub-themes, viz. Public Sector Reform; Curriculum Review and Development; Public Administration, Management and Governance; Mainstreaming Monitoring and Evaluation; and Global Public Governance in Theory and Practice – linking these concepts to the main theme and implications for practice in developing states


Sub-theme 1: Public Sector Reform

Reform of the public sector is not a new phenomenon. Essentially, public sector reform entails the transformation of the public sector in order to meet the needs of society. The changing role of the state has prompted many governments to re-assess their capacity to deliver services. The effectiveness, efficiency and economy of the public sector are vital to the success of development activities. Business process re-engineering, sound financial management, a professional public service and transparent administration that are free of corruption all contribute to the principles of public sector reform.

We invite is made for contemporary and empirical based papers reflecting the main theme of the conference, and addressing the above broad sub-theme in public sector reform.

Key words: public sector reform; transformation; 3 E’s service delivery; business process re-engineering; financial management; professionalism; transparency.


Sub-theme 2: Curriculum Review and Development

In keeping with the transformational imperatives in Higher Education in South Africa, Curriculum Review and Development is high on the agenda of universities. For this reason, the alignment of university offerings with societal challenges/needs and globalization requires on-going review and development of its curricula to address the complexity and diversity of society, and to contribute to emergent new forms of knowledge production as opposed to knowledge re-production. A pertinent question is: how does curriculum review and development in Public Administration contribute to transformation in South Africa?
This theme calls for thought-provoking papers on Curriculum Review and Development, linking them to Effective Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for good governance.

Key words: curriculum review and development; curriculum review and globalization; curriculum review and transformation; knowledge production versus knowledge re-production


Sub-theme 3: Public Administration, Management and Governance

As countries democratise, the call for accountability and transparency in the public sector has increased the demand by citizens for greater public value. The recent global credit crunch has placed immense strain on the use of public resources with resultant need for cost cutting and more prudent management of public resources. All these necessitate a shift from the traditional public administration characterised by continuity, hierarchy and impartiality to a public administration that is more prudent in its use of resources, managerial in approach but people-centred in its values. The changing relationships between the state and society require, among other activities, the enhancement of public management, public governance and public value. Corollary to this is the need to redesign planning, monitoring and evaluation activities to meet new governance processes.

We call for empirical and conceptual papers to help explore these and related questions and to shed light on contemporary public administration, management and governance in developmental states.

Key words: Public administration; public management; public governance; public value


Sub-theme 4: Mainstreaming Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation is central to government performance. Public service delivery is a major challenge in South Africa given the large number of public protests recorded since the beginning of the new millennium. The establishment of the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation within the Presidency is a visionary initiative to address the on-going service delivery challenges. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a public sector tool that tracks and assesses performance of the public service, contributing to delivery outcomes (GWM&E Framework, 2009). It has cascaded to the three spheres of government to integrate all aspects of public sector governance. In mainstreaming monitoring and evaluation, some key issues are: what are the legislative and policy considerations governing the process at the three spheres of government; what are the current challenges relative to implementation and how should they be addressed? To adequately reflect the main theme of the conference, papers in this sub-theme should be in the form of theory of M&E, utilisation of M&E studies, appraisal of M&E systems, local case or country studies showing how M&E facilitates good governance.

Key words: Evaluation; good governance; monitoring; performance; public service delivery


Sub-theme 5: Global Public Governance in Theory and Practice

Globalisation is changing the face and function of public governance at all governmental spheres and across geographical scales. This theme calls for papers that empirically reveal or conceptually map the current state of the internationalization of local governance and of evolving regional and global public governance in theory and practice, including the participation of non-state actors. Key issue areas revolve around planning, monitoring and evaluation underlying international relations among and between local governments; regional organizations such as BRICS, SADC, ECOWAS, the AU and EU; and global governance organizations like the UN, World Bank, IMF and NGSs. This theme takes into account emerging theories evident from monitoring and evaluation practices pertinent to the rise of public-private partnerships and networks of local, national, regional, continental and global dimension. Empirical and theoretical (working or completed) papers - particularly trans-municipal and cross-national studies that help grapple with the complexity of global public governance - are especially encouraged.

Key words: global governance; regional governance; network governance; multi-level public-private partnerships.


Kindly note that a two-day Research Workshop shall precede the Conference and is scheduled from Monday 29 October 2012 to Tuesday, 30 October 2012. The Research Workshop will be limited to 15 emerging/novice researchers (academic staff who are paid-up ASSADPAM members and participants of the Conference). The Workshop will be facilitated by Professor Christelle Auriacombe (University of Johannesburg), Professor Chris Thornhill (University of Pretoria), Professor Gerrit van der Walt (University of North-West and Professor Natasja Holtzhuizen (University of Pretoria).

The 2012 ASSADPAM Conference will commence on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 with a Keynote Address.

The focus on the morning of the 1st day of the Conference will be on the Re-curriculation Process at member institutions. Heads of Departments of Public Administration/ Management/ Governance will engage in presentations on the subject, after which a way forward for the Discipline shall be chartered.

Guidelines for Authors
  • Format of Abstract and final paper: electronic format as MS Word document.
  • An Abstract in English - 250-400 words.
  • Name and address of Author to whom correspondence should be addressed to be provided in a separate Title Page.
  • All Abstracts will be reviewed and may be selected for presentation.
  • English will be the medium for presentations.
  • Notification of acceptance/non acceptance will be e-mailed to the Author.
  • Failure to register by the presenting Author will automatically render the Abstract excluded from the final Programme.
  • Final papers should not exceed 6000 words and must include an Abstract of no more than 200 words, typed in double-spacing, 12pt Times New Roman.
  • The Harvard style of referencing should be used.
  • Language editing of Abstracts and Final Paper is required.

Kindly submit your Abstract to Professor Betty Mubangizi at


 Closing date for Abstracts: 14 August 2012
 Notification of Acceptance: 25 August 2012
 Submission of Final Papers: 28 September 2012

Final papers to be sent to Professor Yogi Penceliah at


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