Africa Cabinet Government Network (ACGN)

Supporting inclusive, evidence-informed decisions by African Governments



COVID-19 On-line Workshop for Cabinet Secretaries

Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020

Time: 10am-noon GMT

ACGN is convening an on-line workshop for Cabinet Secretaries and other senior Cabinet Secretariat staff to share experiences in coordinating responses to the Covid-19 crisis and recovery plans.

The workshop will:

  • Focus on the critical role that Cabinet Secretariats can play in coordinating whole-of-government responses to the public health and economic impacts of the crisis, rather than on technical public health issues, which are being covered by webinars and other activities conducted by organisations such as the Africa Centres for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC).
  • Be chaired by Jordan Sulonteh, Director-General of the Liberian Cabinet, who will share lessons from Liberia’s successful management of the Ebola crisis.
  • Include short presentations by:
    • Dr Mark Johnston, ACGN’s Executive Director, who has worked with Cabinet Secretaries across Africa and Asia and has extensive previous experience coordinating health policy including crisis responses.
    • Fenton Whelan, founder of UK consulting firm Acasus which supports governments across Africa, Asia and South America with transformational reforms of health and education, currently working with a range of governments on their responses to the Covid crisis.
  • Mostly comprise oral reports from participants on their role during the crisis and potential lessons for other Secretariats.  

The workshop is being supported by Johnston International Consulting and Adam Smith International. Participation is free for Cabinet Secretaries and their staff.

To register for the workshop, click here to email the ACGN Executive Director. Please ensure that ‘Covid Workshop’ is included in the subject and your email includes your name, position and organisation. Log-on instructions will be emailed to eligible participants.   


Supporting the Centre of Government to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

ACGN's Executive Director, Mark Johnston, has collaborated with Adam Smith International to prepare a briefing note on the important role that Cabinet Secretariats and other central agencies can play in coordinating national responses to the crisis.

The brief encourages donors to provide support for central government agencies – Cabinet Secretariats, Presidents and Prime Ministers’ Offices and special coordinating units – to help them manage and mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis sweeping the globe. It highlights the critical need for informed central government decision-making and outlines some areas of possible international support.

Click here to access the briefing note.



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