Five-year Performance Contracts and Service Delivery in Local Authorities in Zimbabwe: The Case of Ruwa

Brenda Mutengambiri, Daniel Somane, Chipo Joyce Chigome, Gay Gweshe, Mervis Chiware


Globally, public sector institutions are struggling to offer public services effectively and efficiently. Zimbabwe has introduced five-year performance contracts in the public sector in order to address challenges bedeviling the public sector institutions. This study sought to analyse the impact of five-year performance contracts on local authorities’ service delivery. The literature reviewed showed that Zimbabwe’s public sector organization have a long-standing history of under performance. Performance contracts were therefore, introduced to rectify performance challenges in the public sector. A qualitative inquiry of a case study indicated that political interference, financial challenges, lack of skills of the employees and lack of commitment of the leaders are among the factors leading to poor implementation of performance contracts. As a way forward research recommends the transformation of the structural mechanisms underlying the implementation of performance contracts, training of employees, reimbursement of local authorities by the central government and inclusion of the lower-level employees in setting of targets. Widespread awareness-raising campaigns of both the need for performance contracts and the benefits of such measures are needed.

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Journal of Public Administration and Governance  ISSN 2161-7104


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