From 2016 to 2019, WFD in partnership with the Parliament of Mozambique and UNICEF is working to improve the management of public money in Mozambique. Better monitoring of government spending by parliaments can reduce corruption and ensure money is spent as the public intended. WFD’s programme will support parliaments role in achieving this.
Mismanagement of public money previously made the headlines in Mozambique when the
Access to independent expertise on economic and budget issues for all political parties in parliament is essential. By supporting the Technical Cabinet to communicate data and analysis on the budget process to members of parliament and committees more effectively, the programme aims to improve the institutional capacity of the Parliament of Mozambique to provide comprehensive, accurate, and timely budgetary information to parliamentarians and parliamentary committees.
Based on the concept of a Parliamentary Budget Office, an independent institution to provide neutral economic advice, the Unit of Economic, Financial and Budget Studies (UEEFO) was set up in 2016 to provide MPs in Mozambique with the information they need to hold the government to account on spending.
Connecting with the WFD network of parliamentary budget offices and UK expertise will expose the team in the Mozambique Parliament to international best practice where economic analysis for parliaments is concerned. Development of test products, enhanced communications and a sustainable vision for the office will help embed the services within the Parliament of Mozambique.
In the remaining years to 2019, materials, including a handbook and module on financial oversight, will be developed to train and share best practice with MPs and staff at the national and provincial level, as well as with civil society organisations and the media.
Results and Activities
Establishment off the first ever Parliamentary Budget Office in Mozambique in 2016.
Building Parliament’s ability to conduct budget oversight
Planned end: March 2018