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Civil Service Reform in Times of Transition

This publication offers practical guidance for achieving an incremental approach to durable civil service reform.

Many countries grappling with the legacy of conflict or authoritarianism do not have effective civil services. However, political transitions present an opportunity to tackle the costs of a dysfunctional civil service and achieve the benefits of reform.

Drawing on lessons learned from recent civil service efforts across the globe – from Albania to Nigeria, Afghanistan to Guinea – this briefing outlines nine steps for achieving a gradual and tailored approach to civil service reform, one that is underpinned by a political strategy funded through the national budget, and led by an independent reform unit.

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