Senior Lecturer, Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam
Focus: Civil Service
Topics: Corruption in the Civil Service, Pay Reform, Civil Service Recruitment, Downsizing
Keywords: recruitment, presidential appointees, Civil Service Commission, performance management, pay reform, corruption, downsizing, reform sequencing, Tanzania
Interviewer(s): Andrew Schalkwyk
Country of Reform: Tanzania
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008
Benson Bana details the history of Tanzanian civil service reform efforts and talks about the goals of the 1992 reform program, including reforming an extremely interventionist public sector that had become a drain on public resources. He describes the system of presidential appointees in the civil service, the problems of politicization of public service posts, and the safeguards provided by the Civil Service Commission. He identifies some of the difficulties of implementing performance management systems. He also describes the Tanzanian civil service's pay reform program to ensure all civil servants received a living wage that was closely comparable with the private sector, to prevent the loss of skilled employees and to reduce the need for employees to take second jobs. He also talks about the national strategy to weed out petty corruption, and the difficult retrenchment program that saw 91,000 civil servants lose their jobs, and which also eliminated 14,000 so-called ghost workers.
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At the time of this interview, Benson Bana was a senior lecturer on public administration and human resource management for the Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania program at the University of Dar es Salaam, and he was doing research and consulting in the same areas. A Tanzanian citizen, he earned a doctorate in the U.K. and worked in the Tanzanian public service and as a human-resource training and development manager in a multinational company.