Public administration and governance

The Commonwealth advances good governance by helping members to build public service capacity, strengthen their public institutions and improve service delivery. Research in this area includes decentralisation, local government reform, legislation and financing, e-governance, public expenditure management, public–private partnerships and promoting good governance.

Contributor: Roger Koranteng
Publication date: 26 November 2018
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Tackling Corruption in Commonwealth Africa identifies the institutions in five countries that have taken the lead in reducing the impact of corruption and accounts for the factors – both technical and political – that have enabled these institutions to implement successful anti-corruption strategies.

Publication date: 1 August 2018
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book contains case studies from Cameroon, Ghana, Grenada, India, Kenya, Rwanda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania and Trinidad and Tobago on the policy reforms, strategies and methodologies that support national priorities and greater policy coherence for sustained development and growth.

Publication date: 16 April 2018
Format: Paperback

The complete reference book of local government in the Commonwealth. Updated and revised, the 2017/18 edition details the systems of local government in Commonwealth countries, as well as two new sections on how countries are localising the SDGs and data on national urban policies.

Series title: The Commonwealth at the Summit
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 24 November 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

The Commonwealth at the Summit: Volume 4 brings together the full text of declarations, statements and communiqués issued by Commonwealth Heads of Government between 2007 and 2015.

Contributor: Munawwar Alam
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 22 July 2014
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This research study examines different approaches to intergovernmental transfers (ICTs) in developing countries in the Commonwealth, and assesses their relative strengths and weaknesses. It includes detailed case studies of India and Kenya, lessons learned from IGT systems in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Publication date: 17 April 2014
Format: Paperback

This reference book examines the various models by which the private sector can partner with governments. It brings together various perspectives and experiences of public–private partnering for national development from experts and senior officials within government, industry, academia and the development community.

Publication date: 30 September 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This collection of papers shows how the role of local government is evolving throughout the Commonwealth and provides practical examples of new local government at work. It showcases emerging practice, and highlights success stories from new ways of working and challenges confronting local government in both developed and developing countries.

Publication date: 18 July 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

ICTs can create digital pathways between citizens and governments that are affordable, accessible and widespread. This book aims to strengthen the understanding of policy-makers by outlining the conditions and processes involved in the planning and execution of e-government projects.

Contributor: Graham Sansom
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 10 April 2013
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study is designed to help local government practitioners in Pacific island countries review and strengthen their existing legislative and regulatory frameworks. It identifies best practice, examines case studies of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Samoa, and presents ten key principles for effective legislation.

Contributor: Andrew Graham
Publication date: 15 September 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This collection of case studies from Commonwealth developed and developing countries examines innovations in public financial management and provides practical information on best practices and recommendations for new initiatives. It will be valuable for public sector leaders and policy-makers.

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