chapter  13
Records Management and Governance in Africa in the Digital Age
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In the past two decades, record-keeping in Africa has gone through both the lows and highs of professional practice. Prior to 1989, when Anne Thurston mobilised UCL postgraduate students and staff on a mission to salvage records and archives that were poorly managed in government offices in the Gambia, records management was not recognised as an important component of government. The pioneering work by Thurston and UCL students in the Gambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone beginning in the early 1990s no doubt provided the impetus for what has been achieved today in records management in many parts of Africa. The impact created by the workshops encouraged Thurston to seek further support from various donor agencies as well as individual African governments in order to promote initiatives aimed at addressing the management of public sector records.