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Have Pro-Poor Health Policies Improved the Targeting of Spending and the Effective Delivery of Health Care in South Africa?

Since 1994 there have been a number of radical changes in the public health care system in South Africa. Budgets have been reallocated, decision making was decentralised, the clinic network was expanded and user fees for primary health care were a...

Expanding The Social Security Net In South Africa: Opportunities, Challenges And Constraints

For a large proportion of the South African population social welfare grants are an important source of income. Rapid increases in government expenditure on social security between 2000 and 2006 has further increased poor households’ reliance on w...

NEPAD in Perspective: A New Development Agenda for the Peoples of Africa

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has been called many things in the past including; "a plan of African leaders", "a commitment to good governance, democracy, human rights, economic and social development", "a holstic, integrate...

Informing the Approach of Multilateral Development Banks to Use of Country systems

Most countries consider infrastructure development as a key enabler of development, as it spurs job creation, trade and investment. For many developing countries, multilateral development banks (MDBs) are important in addressing their infrastructu...

The Gap between Rich and Poor: South African Society’s Biggest Divide Depends on Where You Think You Fit In

This paper investigated the possible relationship between relative financial situation and the sentiment whether or not inequality is the primary source of division in South Africa. This matters, as we have shown through our literature review, bec...

Public-Private Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies for Policymakers 2017

Public-private partnerships (PPPs), i.e. private finance for public infrastructure, are now emerging as a viable source of infrastructure investment in developing countries. A successful PPP arrangement capitalises on the strengths of both the pri...

African Financial Governance Outlook: Effective Public Financial Management for Sustainable Development

This first African Financial Governance Outlook provides a better understanding of the state of public financial governance reforms in Africa and how policies and institutional arrangements could be improved over time, offering benefits on vario...

The Experience of Medium Term Expenditure Framework & Integrated Financial Management Information System Reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa - What is the Balance sheet?

A Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and an Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) are two of the standard reforms promoted and supported by the World Bank and other aid agencies in almost every country in Sub-Saharan A...

Giving credit to Africa’s Financial Markets and why we need to step up reform

If you open the World Bank’s Global Financial Development Database and compare the data on private credit against total population, it is instructive to note the markedly different growth rates. In the developing economies of sub-Saharan Africa, c...

ACBF Board of Governors Issues Paper: Accessing Funds for Development: Required Capacities for Resource Mobilization and Absorption

African countries are now implementing the Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 (also known as Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs), both requiring huge financial resources. Globally, large amounts of investable resources, mostly private, are available in...

Government of the Republic of South Sudan: Assessment of Public Financial Management based on the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework (PEFA)

This study assesses the economic environment surrounding public finance operations of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GSS); the institutions, laws, regulations, and standards used by the government in the PFM process; the budget p...

Infrastructure as an Asset Class in Africa

Investment in infrastructure has long been recognised as an important mechanism for fostering economic growth and development. With an estimated $130 billion annual deficit in infrastructure investment, Africa is in dire need of such investment. H...

Informing the Approach of Multilateral Development Banks to Use of Country systems: Policy Briefing

A greater use of countries’ public financial management (PFM) and environmental and social frameworks (ESFs) could offer developing countries a larger stake in their development trajectory. Greater use of country systems (UCS) will also assist dev...

An Analysis of Loan Contraction and Debt Management: The Case of the Republic of Mauritius

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations...

Mauritius a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) with Prudent Public Debt Management Trends

Developing countries, especially in Africa must establish appropriate and dynamic legal frameworks and structures that are responsible for coordinating and managing public debt. All public loan contraction and debt management rules and regulations...

Attracting Investments Using Tax Incentives in Uganda: The Effective Tax Rates

Uganda operates a wide array of tax incentives schemes to attract investments like other countries in East Africa. However, due to significant amount of revenue foregone due to such schemes, Uganda has embarked on the process of rationalizing its...

Capital Flight and Economic Development in Africa

"This paper takes a broad approach to the analyses and implications of capital flight for economic growth and development in Africa. It provides an overview of why capital flight constrains and undermines economic growth and development in Africa ...

Revenue Diversification and Resource Utilisation Options for Ethiopian Universities in the Face of Declining Public Funding

"Public universities in Ethiopia mainly rely on government financing. This dependence on the government means that the funding levels depend on the fluctuations of government resources. Meanwhile, it is untenable to depend on public money to finan...

A Pathway to Financial Inclusion: Mobile Money and Individual Savings in Uganda

A micro perspective is provided in this study on the impact that mobile money services have on an individual’s saving behavior using 2013 Uganda FinScope data. The results reveals that although saving through mobile phones is not a common practic...

Formation of a Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making: Concept Note

"This concept note proposes the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making, an informal network whose membership will comprise of Members of both the National Assembly and the Senate who are committed ...

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