The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management to Proceed with its Voluntary Liquidation and Dissolution

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Gay Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management

Ottawa, Ontario, 17 December 2019 – At the General Members Meeting held on 6 December 2019 in London, United Kingdom, members voted unanimously for dissolution of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM). Despite best efforts in recent years to evolve the organisation towards a new business model that included digital programme delivery and a broader remit, the decision to cease operations is a practical response to a prolonged period of steady membership decline and insufficient transition funding. Members should know that CAPAM made concerted efforts to plan for change, uncover new sources of funding and reach out to member nations and partners.  Members expressed profound sadness and disappointment at the prospect of winding up CAPAM, recognising the need and desire to perpetuate in some form what the organisation has offered. The closure of CAPAM is personal for many.  Its founding coincided with the end of apartheid in South Africa, when working with institutions was favoured and there were large-scale changes and developments happening. Knowledge transfer and networking were extraordinarily important and CAPAM’s purpose was to support practitioners in public administration across the Commonwealth. Over its 25-year history, the organisation brought to the forefront public sector priorities of the day and supported changes in approach to address those needs. Through its learning programmes, Biennial Conferences and International Innovations Awards, CAPAM celebrated new ideas and promoted the best of what public service professionals accomplished. The organisation achieved relevance at all levels within a very diverse Commonwealth family – from the largest to the smallest member nations. Ultimately, CAPAM had a rich history of inspiring public sector leaders of significant influence and ability. As one member expressed, “CAPAM produced men and women who made a difference”. 
The closure of an organisation is an unenviable task and requires a pragmatic and sustained approach.  The Board of Directors acknowledges the efforts of CAPAM President, Mr Daniel Watson, for taking the helm at such a difficult time. The CAPAM secretariat has always been small but managed to accomplish a great deal with few resources.  The CAPAM team is to be commended for their tenacity and commitment in seeing the mandate through to this juncture.  CAPAM thanks its members for their support and acknowledges the many public service professionals and organisations with which it has had the pleasure to collaborate over the years. In particular the organisation acknowledges the generosity of governments that hosted programmes and events and provided substantial financial support, especially in recent years. It is hoped that a celebration of public service innovations and idea exchange will continue to be embraced and ultimately perpetuated through other fora, and that the CAPAM vision of “inspiring excellence across the public service” will endure. 
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