Keeping the water and power on, managing sewers and collecting garbage will help communities shattered by the Syrian civil war rebuild – and keep out the Islamic State, says a former aid official.
With Brexit mired in doubt, it could be said the stars are aligning for Scottish independence. But now it looks like the SNP could self-combust after the government's humiliating court defeat.
The workload is huge. So how is the civil service doing at preparing for the changes ahead?
Government departments have been squeezed particularly hard over the past few years. Now they need to find thousands of people who can work out how to leave the EU.
The Trump administration may do well to make a friend of the federal bureaucracy it's so intent on gutting, according to an expert who studies the role of civil servants in government.
The lack of respect shown to a senior civil servant working hard to make Brexit work is troubling.
The mandarins tasked with making Brexit happen are under strain.
There are worrying ramifications of the case against an honest bureaucrat in a corruption scandal in India.
The general loss of faith in the economy is the most important issue President Zuma must address. More radical social and economic transformation, with emphasis on land reform will be most critical.
South Africa's government should urgently announce a moratorium on civil service employment growth. The country has reached its upper limit in the number of civil servants that can be sustained.
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After a decade of narrowing fiscal deficits, South Africa has borrowed heavily since 2009 to support the economy. The debt pile exposes the country to the risk of a sell-off by foreign bond holders