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Facilitating Financial Inclusion through Promoting the use of Mobile Money as a Saving Avenue

Mobile money has gained so much prominence in the developing world in recent times due to its potential to bring on board the financially excluded people in the rural areas and transform the mainly cash economies of developing countries into a cas...

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 ...

Finance in Social Protection

"Most of the money for delivering social protection services to poor and vulnerable people comes from the poor themselves. The overwhelming majority have no access to nor benefit from State or donor services or funding, nor any form of commerc...

The Constraints to Irish Potato Value Chain Financing in Uganda

This brief summarizes the findings from the potato value chain study on what constrains the financing of potato value chain activities in Kigezi sub-region. Increased access to cheap finance, is one of the major pathways to enhancing potato produc...

Public Transfers and Subsistence Producer Disincentives in Botswana

"This paper investigates the disincentive effects of public transfers on subsistence producers in Botswana. Comparative statics analyses indicate that public transfers would not affect farm production when profit and utility maximization decisions...

Donor Anti-Corruption Reforms: Quiet Diplomacy and its Discontents

"This paper reviews the anti-corruption reforms pursued by three key donors in Ghana: the World Bank, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development and the United States Agency for International Development. The extent to which the...

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...

Fiscal Policy and Public Debt Sustainability in Uganda

The level of Uganda’s public debt has created doubts regarding the government’s sustained ability to repay. This is because of both the rapidly increasing debt accumulation as well as share of interest payments in the national budget. The brief ex...

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