University of Pittsburgh
November 5, 1998

PITT PROFESSOR INSTRUMENTAL IN PLANNING 1999 PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE IN GHANA

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 6 -- Harvey White, a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, is leading an effort to plan and organize the second annual International Conference on Public Management and Development Administration, to be held in Accra, Ghana, July 24-28.

White, general chair of next year's event, organized the first conference which convened in South Africa in 1997 with more than 200 participants from

11 countries. The aim of the conference is to create an international forum that encourages institutional linkages, faculty exchanges and collaborative research activities between public service professionals in Africa and the United States. A key objective is strengthening and promoting the sustainable development of historically disadvantaged communities.

White traveled to Ghana earlier this year to meet with members of parliament, civil servants, university officials and representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) and training organizations. He will return to Ghana in December to finish the planning process.

The 1999 conference is cosponsored by GSPIA, along with other public service organizations in the U.S. and Africa. It has the full support of the Ghanaian Office of the Civil Service, the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture.

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