Non-NPM Reforms in Developing Countries

We’re back with another new article. This article is written on non-NPM reform. Non-NPM reforms in developing countries are one indicator of administrative reform’s challenges in developing countries. Here we can find five indicators. Such as:-

  1. Accountability and Transparency in Developing Countries
  2. Capacity Building in Developing Countries
  3. Reforms in Financial management
  4. Ethics and Corruption
  5. Issues of reform Implementation & evaluation

These five indicators of non-NPM reforms are described below shortly for better understanding. Let’s see the indicators.

Accountability and Transparency in Developing Countries:

Accountability and transparency are critical and essential elements of democratic institutions and processes. The challenges face through public administration. It is to overcome the traditional culture in the public institutions as well as the pressure groups. Despite such problems, some progress has been made for safeguarding transparency and accountability.

Developing countries are comparatively weak in adopting accountability and transparency measures. However, the Right to Information Act was implemented in India. Furthermore, other developing nations are a welcome step in ensuring transparency and accountability in the public sector.

Capacity Building in Developing Countries:

Technology change and globalization made public sector agencies to adapt to overcome the challenges. These transformations urged them to improve their capacity and capability.

These countries have to develop their capacity at par with the western world to introduce NPM type reforms. The imported reforms promoted by donor agencies. Developing countries often failed due to the peculiar circumstances prevailing in these countries. It proved that reforms must be made. For instance, home-grown, demand, and government-driven, carefully thought out, and mutually consistent.

Reforms in Financial management:

Changes in financial reporting, development of market-oriented management systems and structures that can deal with pricing and provision of public services, development of performance measurement approach, the devolution of budgets, internal and external audits and reviews of service efficiency and effectiveness are the key elements of financial reforms. A healthy and positive relationship exists between the financial sector and economic development.

Many developing countries, including India, had attempted to improve their financial systems by introducing budgeting changes. Better/efficient economic systems make countries grow faster. Even with many challenges, these countries are trying to improve their financial management systems. And are drawing inspiration from the practices adopted in many of the developed countries.

Ethics and Corruption:

Developing countries face many ethics violations and corrupt practices in the government sectors. Transparency International published the recent global corruption report. It highlighted many scandals, especially in developing and less developed countries.

Transparency, accountability, capacity building, financial management reform, ethics, and corruption have shown that the developing countries have registered only limited successes on this front. Constraints, for instance, social, political, and bureaucratic situations prevailing in these countries, stand as an impediment for such reforms compared to the developed world.

Issues of reform Implementation & evaluation in developing countries:

Reforms failed in developing countries due to poor implementation. Various donor agencies have provided financial assistance to developing countries and thus enabled the implementation of reforms.

Centralization, dependency culture, weak institutional capacity, poor accountability, massive corruption, and demoralized public services affect the performance of reform in these countries.

Conclusion of non-NPM:

The discussion in this assignment shows that many developing countries had started the reform programs. Some of the concepts of New Public Management (NPM) were introduced; it can see some countries began reform programs in light of the new public management perspective. Some adopt elements of it. Some others undertook these reforms independent of the NPM label. Scholars agree that the developed world’s NPM reforms need to be carefully reviewed to accommodate things such as social, cultural, political, and administrative factors before implementing them in these countries.

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