WFD is working to improve the management of public money in partnership with the Parliament of Mozambique and UNICEF. 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. WFD is also working with the Mozambican Association of Disabled People to ensure the inclusion and participation of Persons with Disabilities ahead and after the elections in 2019.
WFD, in partnership with UNICEF, is working to improve the management of public money through improving the institutional capacity of the Mozambique Parliament to provide comprehensive, accurate, and timely budgetary information to parliamentarians and parliamentary committees.
In 2016, WFD supported the set-up of the Unit of Economic, Financial and Budget Studies (UEEFO), based on the concept of a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) – an independent institution to provide neutral economic advice. UEEFO, as part of the Technical Cabinet, is enabling data and analysis on the budget to be communicated more effectively. Better Government spending monitoring by parliaments can reduce corruption and ensure money is spent as the public intended.
Connecting with the WFD network of PBOs and UK expertise is also exposing UEEFO to international best practice where economic analysis for parliaments is concerned. Development of test products, enhanced communications and a sustainable vision will help embed the services within the Mozambique Parliament. Materials 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.
Advancing the Inclusion and Participation of Persons with Disability
WFD is working with ADEMO (the Mozambican Association of Disabled People) to ensure the inclusion and participation of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) ahead and post elections in 2019. Key activities will include:
- Policy gap and socio political/economic contextual analysis on the barriers to effective inclusion;
- Annual Policy Forum on Political and Economic Inclusion of PWDs in Mozambique;
- Development of a National PWD Agenda
- Supporting the development of inclusive electoral political party manifestos, including in the Plano Quinquenal do Governo;
- Workshops, round-tables and capacity-building sessions for political parties’, MPs and PWD association members on topics related to inclusive governance, especially pro-PWD policies;
- Quarterly policy briefings related to PWDs’ socio political and economic inclusion;
- Production of media initiatives at the national and community level (TV and radio).
This work is funded under WFD’s global Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) programme to support parliaments in 18 Commonwealth Member States over 2018-2020.
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 2019