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Free State Water Indaba 2009

Limpopo Water Indaba 2009

Mpumalanga Water Indaba 2009

5th World Water Forum, 16 - 22 March 2009

The All Africa Public Service Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) was hosted on Wednesday, 15 October 2008, as part of the sixth African Conference of Ministers for Public/Civil Service.

The inaugural All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards Ceremony marks a key milestone in the journey to restore the historic innovative capacity of the African continent. The All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards is the brainchild of the fourth African Conference of Ministers. AAPSIA is at the centre of Africa's Broader Governance and Public Administration Programme. This programme is aimed at building capacity in the public sector across the continent.

The AAPSIA initiative is part of the bigger endeavour by the African ministers to cultivate an enabling environment within the public sector for the development and nurturing of innovative ideas and initiative. The express aim of AAPSIA is the celebration of innovation in Africa and the awards celebrate brilliance within the continents public sector that would otherwise remain unknown and unacknowledged.

A total of 59 project entries for the 2008 awards were received under the following categories: innovation service delivery; innovative partnership between government, private sector and civil society; and innovative systems and processes in governance.

Innovative service delivery improvement

The category recognises improved delivery of services and stakeholders external to government, and improved internal efficiency within the public sector.

Innovative partnership between government, private sector and civil society

The category recognises creative partnership that result in better co-operation between government and other social partners for the purposes of service delivery.

Innovations in systems and processes of governance

The category applauds accountability, transparency and ethics in public service innovation.

The winners of the first AAPSIA awards were announced at the banquet of the sixth conference.

The Masibambane Water Sector Support Programme, South Africa won the category for Innovative partnerships between government, private sector and civil society.

The awards programme is the first Africa wide programme that celebrates innovation in the African public sector.

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