WFD, in partnership with UNICEF, worked 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, enabled 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 intends.
Connecting with the WFD network of PBOs and UK expertise exposed UEEFO to international best practice of economic analysis for parliaments. Development of test products, enhanced communications and sustainable vision helped embed the services within the Mozambique Parliament. Materials to train and share best practice with MPs and staff were also developed.
WFD worked with ADEMO (the Mozambican Association of Disabled People) to ensure the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) before and after the elections in 2019. Key activities included -
- 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 PWDs 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 was funded under WFD’s global Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) programme. The CP4D programme supported parliaments in 18 Commonwealth Member States between 2018-2020.
Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy Programme (CP4D)
Building Parliament’s ability to conduct budget oversight
Establishment off the first ever Parliamentary Budget Office in Mozambique in 2016