Disentangling conceptual antecedence for indigenous paradigm

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title Disentangling conceptual antecedence for indigenous paradigm
Creator Ndaguba, Emeka A. Ijeoma, Edwin O.C.
Subject public administration; development studies; native administrative; governance; local government and traditional governance Public administration; indigenous paradigm; decolonisation; community indigenous public administration; indigenous public administration.
Description Background: This is the first in a series of articles seeking to provide an African perspective on the public administration discourse, especially regarding its development as a discipline. Theories and concepts utilised in the discipline within the African context to inform practice were largely borrowed. This field has gained from Western administrative thought, and the principles and culture of the West are applied in the development of the discipline.Aim: This article explores the opportunities the Indigenous afford African Public Administration (IAPA) by critiquing the Western philosophical orientation of public administration to underscore Africa’s influence on the development of the discipline.Setting: The premise of this article is Africa, with public administration acting as a leverage for discussion.Method: In gathering data for this article, the secondary source of data collection was explored, triangulation, Afrocentric perspective, and social constructivism were utilised. For the analysis, both narrative and theme analysis were employed.Results: A key finding in this article is that scholarship in the community IAPA is both lacking and to some extent non-existent in the public administration discourse. The lack of understanding and documentation of Africa’s institutions and administrative thoughts is prominent, thereby, creating a vacuum or knowledge gap in Africa’s governance lexicon.Conclusion: The essence of the indigenous public administration is to acknowledge the principles of indigenous African knowledge towards the growth and development of public administration as a discipline and be able to incorporate African principles like Ubuntu in the furtherance of public administration in praxis.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2019-09-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v7i1.325
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 7, No 1 (2019); 8 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
Relation https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/325/487 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/325/486 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/325/488 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/325/485
Coverage Africa — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Emeka A. Ndaguba, Edwin O.C. Ijeoma https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0