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What value orientations matter for this function?

For persons:
Objectives for the recruiter and civil servant.
Options: Leadership coaching, staff exchanges and visits, peer-to-peer learning

For organizations:

A well-functioning public service, accessible to all citizens.

For the function in a territory:

What are feasible objectives & options for delivering this function of government? Taking into consideration dependencies on the country's resource endowments, what options exist to achieve which objectives for this function of government?

Civil service commissions should avoid cronyism, nepotism, and other forms of favoritism. They should introduce merit-based recruitment, and ensure a representative and service-oriented public service.
As an employer, the public sector should tap the full potential of all segments of the population. There should be a legal framework with clear policies for managing diversity in the public service.

A representative, merit-based, service-oriented public service can provide a model for participation, inclusive decision-making, reconciliation and social cohesion, and proactive peacebuilding.

Gaps and diagnostics: What goes wrong and why?

Gaps can be articulated with respect to a result framework or the Sustainable development goals (#SDGs). One must take into consideration the level of scope, and its level of development (in a peer group).

In the diagnostics we must also clarify cause-effect relationships in a diagnostic hypothesis.javascript:;

Government needs an accurate count of a country’s public servants and an accurate picture of their knowledge and skills.

In broad terms two regimes are described as follows:

  1. Regime 1: A situation where political parties in power protect certain ethnic, political or religious interests, and corruption and nepotism flourishes (Regime 1).
  2. Regime 2: A pluralistic public sector workforce of high-performing public servants (Regime 2).

What guidelines can be formulated for delivering this function of government?

The guidelines for actors at the various level of scope had better be informed by a Theory of Change that is aligned with a strong diagnostic hypothesis for the function of government.

pico: recruiter, candidate, civil or public servant, (party) leaders
micro: the public service organisation
meso: civil service commission


  1. Public private partnerships which may involve cooperatives1 may offer suitable models for delivering certain functions of government! What are (open access) best practices? What are workable public-private boundaries in delivering this function?
  2. The level of scope in guidelines is reflected in the socio-technical level of roles. Each role must be defined in one of Pico roles, Micro roles, Meso roles or Macro roles. When a role is referenced here, its definition page should also contain a link to this page.


For each function of government a substantial number of online resources are available. Some of these resources are listed here. Additions can be suggested in comments, or posts using #cofog0131.

Resource links
Reconstructing Public Administration after Conflict: Challenges, Practices and Lessons Learned, World Public Sector Report 2010 (United Nations Public Administration Network, UNPAN)
Model Code of Conduct for Public Officials


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