Handbook for Ethiopian Public Administration Program Accreditation

Edited by Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, Berhanu Temesgen Eshetu, Chala Deyessa Fita, Hailu Megersa Tola, Kiflie Worku Angaw, Shumey Berhie Teshome, and Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru

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Follow-up to the handbook Public Administration in Ethiopia (2020)
Improving, assuring, and maintaining the quality and relevance of education and training in Public Administration has attracted increasing attention among PA scholars and practitioners worldwide.

The Handbook for Ethiopian Public Administration Program Accreditation is a follow-up to the first handbook on Ethiopian Public Administration. The new handbook zooms in on how to improve, assure, and accredit PA education and training programs in Ethiopia. It is consistent with the Pan-Africanism and African Union’s Agenda 2063 and contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 4 and 16.

Together with the handbook Public Administration in Ethiopia (2020), the current follow-up volume is a valuable stepping stone for PA teaching and PA research in Ethiopia and therefore essential reading for students, practitioners, and theorists interested in public administration, public policy, and sustainable development.

Ebook available in Open Access.

List of Abbreviations 
Preface 
Acknowledgments 
About the Editors 

Chapter One. The Handbook and Its Structure 
1.1. Introduction to the Handbook 
1.2. The Structure of the Handbook 

Chapter Two. International, African, and National Higher Education Contexts 
2.1. International and African Contexts: UN SDG and AU Agenda 2063 
2.2. Higher Education in Ethiopia: Post-1990s Institutional Context 
2.3. Conclusions 

Chapter Three. Public Administration Education in Ethiopia 
3.1. Emperor Haile Selassie’s Regime (1930–1974) 
3.2. Derge Regime (1974–1991) 
3.3. BA and Postgraduate Curriculum Development and Review: Post-1991 Ethiopia 
3.3.1. Curriculum Development and Review Process Guiding Principles 
3.3.2. Curriculum Development and Approval Process. 
3.3.3. Procedure for Curriculum Modification 
3.3.4. The Structure of the Curriculum 
3.4. PA Program under the EPRDF Regime 
3.4.1. Bachelor of Arts (BA) (1991–2000) 
3.4.2. Bachelor of Arts (BA) (2000–2013) 
3.4.3. Bachelor (BA) (2013–) 
3.5. PA Masters and PhD Programs in Public Universities 
3.5.1. Master’s and PhD Programs PA Curricula 
3.6. Conclusions 

Chapter Four. Public Administration Education Accreditation 
4.1. Why Accreditation? 
4.2. Elements of Accreditation 
4.3. Approaches and Types of PA Program Evaluation 
4.3.1. Approaches to PA Program Evaluation 
4.3.2. Types of Evaluation: Accreditation versus Audit 
4.4. Public Administration Education and Training Program Accreditation Institutions 
4.4.1. International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs (ICAPA) 
4.4.2. European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) 
4.4.3. African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation (AHEQAA) 
4.4.4. National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) 
4.4.5. Other National Experiences: Africa 
4.5. The Debate on Public Administration Program Accreditation 
4.6. The Costs and Challenges of Accreditation 
4.7. Conclusions 

Chapter Five. Steps to Ethiopian Public Administration Program Accreditation 
5.1. Beyond De Jure Accreditation 
5.2. How to Start and Conduct Accreditation? 
5.3. PA Program Accreditation Initiative in Ethiopia: Lessons from AAU and AU 
5.4. How to Organize the Accreditation 
5.5. How to Respond to Recommendations and Use Accreditation as Part of Quality Improvement Strategy? 
5.6. The Need for Capacity Building to Improve and Sustain PA Program Quality 
5.7. The Need to Establish an Accreditation Unit and a Network of Ethiopian PA Departments within the Ethiopian Public Administration Association (EPAA): The Proposal 
5.8. Conclusions 

Annexes 
Annex 1. Three PA Curriculums during the Haile Selassie Regime 
Annex 2. Three PA Curricula during the Derge Regime 
Annex 3. Three PA Curricula from 1993 to 2000 
Annex 4. BA in Development Administration Curriculum (ESCU), and BA in PA and Development Management Curriculum (AAU) 
Annex 5. Harmonized BA Curriculum in Public Administration and Development Management 
Annex 6. BA Curricula Major in Governance and Development Management/Studies, and BA Major in Development Management 
Annex 7. MA and PhD Curricula 
Annex 8. International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA) Self-Assessment Guide Document 

References 
Useful Websites 

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 6 mm

108 pages

ISBN: 9789462703391

Publication: June 30, 2022

Languages: English

Stock item number: 149055

Bacha Kebede Debela is President of the Ethiopian Public Administration Association. He holds a PhD in social sciences from KU Leuven.
Berhanu Temesgen Eshetu is assistant professor at Addis Ababa University, Department of Public Administration and Development Management.
Chala Deyessa Fita is Ph.D. candidate at Addis Ababa University and lecturer at Ambo University, Department of Public Administration and Development Management.
Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. He is honorary professor of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and visiting professor at the University of Potsdam.
Hailu Megersa Tola is an assistant professor of Business Administration at the Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, Ambo University.
Kiflie Worku Angaw is PhD researcher at KU Leuven, Public Governance Institute, Belgium and lecturer at Dilla University.
Shumey Berhie Teshome is assistant professor of development management at Addis Ababa University's Department of Public Administration and Development Management
Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru is a long long-serving academic staff at Mekelle University and PhD researcher at KU Leuven, Public Governance Institute.