About Us

Welcome to the website of the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM). ASSADPAM is a professional network of higher education schools and departments in the disciplines of Public Administration, Public Management, Public Governance and Development Management in Southern Africa. It was established in its current format in 2002 to promote the interests of these disciplines and of the scholars active in these fields.

The objectives of ASSADPAM are inter alia to:

  • Promote the academic growth and expansion of the disciplines involved by creating and facilitating a forum for continuous academic discourse and dialogue;
  • Provide an institutional base for one or more professional academic journals;
  • Promote joint academic research, education and consultancy projects among member institutions;
  • Promote improvement of scholarly standards of teaching, research and community interaction in these fields and support institutional and individual capacity building to meet and improve these standards;
  • Improve specifically the theory, rigour and relevance of teaching and research methods in these disciplines;
  • Promote the collective interests of established as well as emerging academics and researchers in these disciplines in Southern Africa
  • Promote a continuous reduction in the gap between research, training and practice in Public Administration and Management.
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