The Effect of Public Sector Reform on Good Governance in Somalia

Mohamed Omar Bincof


This paper aims to examine the effects of recent reforms on Somalia’s public sector and whether these changes will lead to the adoption of good governance practices. Somalia’s public sector has experienced immense challenges since the civil war broke out in 1991. Although some level of peace and reorganization has occurred in the country, lack of full support for the government, nepotism, corruption, and political instability continues to undermine efforts of achieving good governance. This paper revisits a less focused on the question of public sector reforms, which is often overlooked in policy and research in place of discussion on conflict and state fragility. Limited efforts have been made to explore the progress and impact of reforms in the Horn of Africa country. The study finds that amid the efforts by the government and development partners to bring reforms to Somalia, there is still room for more changes. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations that can help the country push its public-sector reform agenda forward.

Keywords: public sector reform, good governance, Somalia

DOI: 10.7176/PPAR/10-9-09

Publication date:September 30th 2020

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