Designing Reforms That Win
The theme of the November 9, 2017 Roundtable was “Designing Reforms that Win”. The event was the third of the GPRN Policy Dialogue Series and had the main objective of identifying strategies for closing the gap between reform design and implementation. The discussions at this event were informed by the output of the September Roundtable that identified the critical challenges facing public service reform in Nigeria and sought to determine ways to secure political ownership of reforms.
The expected output of the November Roundtable is a Position Paper that would be presented to the Federal Government at a public event. The Position Paper is expected to address the following points:
- How to make public service reforms one of the most critical issues for the government cognisant of the fact that it would be challenged to deliver any meaningful and sustainable results with an ineffectual public service.
- Discuss the benefits that would accrue to the government and people from a significant focus on public service reforms.
- Map out the challenges and risks of embarking on a reform of the public service and outline their mitigating strategies.
- Develop an implementation plan with assigned responsibilities and realistic timelines
The Roundtable was able to successfully prescribe guidelines for reform messaging to secure the buy-in of different categories of stakeholders. More specifically, strategies for engaging with political leaders effectively have been outlined. This will feed into the December Roundtable that will seek to validate a prepared reform messaging and stakeholder engagement plan.