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… The aim of this site is to let you tell us and all those in aid of your frustrations (and your triumphs, too). Get it off your chest, as we say, without putting yourself at risk. All names and addresses of those making submissions or comments will be kept confidential. While we try to be modest about our aspirations for the site, who knows, perhaps we can eventually generate a bit of discussion amongst donors and governments about what works and what does not. We can at least help you release a bit of tension … (full text Homepage).

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What the TOR didn’t tell me:    

  • Did you ever get to a job and discover you had been completely mislead?
  • The TOR were so out of date.There was no match with what stakeholders actually expected or wanted you to do.
  • The project design and funding would not allow you to complete your tasks.
  • The government or donor was totally opposed to your mission.

We don’t suppose it ever happens. Or does it?

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Civil Service Reform:

  • Reforming the civil service of a developing country is a popular aim for donors. In Afghanistan, for example, all the major players have their own projects attempting this, large and small, in a regrettably unco-ordinated way. The arguments are that civil services are over-staffed, not client-focused and not delivering the public services desperately needed, nor collecting the data needed for effective policy-making.
  • One such civil service reform project in an Asian country focused on changing the mindset of the top grades of civil servants, hoping to create a critical mass of reform-minded civil servants.

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