Strengthening the role of SADC Parliaments in Public Finance Management and Fighting Corruption

By Masego Madzwamuse | July 30th, 2013

The project seeks to provide support to the Southern African Parliamentary Trust (SAPST) in its efforts to strengthen the capacity of SADC parliaments to play a more effective role in anti-corruption. The project will leverage the strong momentum built by the SADC Association of Parliamentary Budget Committees (SADCAPBC), a regional platform that has been successful to date in providing parliamentary budget oversight capacity to 10 SADC Parliamentary Budget Committees, that is Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, DR Congo, and Angola. SAPST will further strengthen the capacity of parliaments by mainstreaming its work in fighting corruption through building and strengthening Budget committees as the focal point for the APNAC chapters. The project also seeks to deepen in-country capacity building activities in Angola, Democratic Republic of Angola, Malawi and Mozambique.

The principal goal of this programme is to enhance the capacity of SADC Parliamentary Budget Committees, Public Accounts Committees, and APNAC to ensure that the institution of Parliament asserts its role in the budget process, and build a strong Parliamentary voice in the fight against corruption.

The specific objectives are as follows:-

• Build the capacity of SADC parliaments to enhance their parliamentary budget oversight, to improve transparency and accountability in public finance management;

• Strengthen the parliamentary voice in advocating for emerging key issues affecting SADC countries such as corruption, rights based approach to economic development, and inclusive budgeting;

• Foster and facilitate the exchange of information and experience amongst SADC MPs, civic society, and think tanks on lessons learnt, best practices in public finance management and fighting corruption;

• Strengthen a coordinating mechanism for the regional Programme.

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