Development partners question impact of budget reforms
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
Reforms have focused on poverty reduction, expenditure efficiency and effectiveness.
The World Bank has said minimal partnerships between government and civil society could undermine its efforts of making budget reforms effective.
Although Uganda has recorded a track record in budget reforms over the last 10 years, the World Bank says the reforms have not been that effective. This means that the policies implemented by government are not yielding good results.
The World Bank advises the government to keep adjusting them to correspond with the ever increasing changes in the global environment which directly impact on national polices. The World Bank country manager, Mr Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, last week said budget reforms in Uganda have not been very effective because of the weaknesses in governance especially in the judiciary system and inefficiencies in public administration.
“The first set of reforms has not been effective. As the country moves into the second set, focus should be put into specific sectors of the economy,” he said. He also advised that there should be timely implementation of investment projects and timely approval of funds availed to the government by the development partners. “Parliament delays to approve funds for disbursement, affecting the development process of the country,” he said.
The World Bank and other development partners have been providing assistance in form of budget support since 2000, with the initiative kicking off with the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) project. The PRSP are updated every three years with annual progress reports describing the country’s macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction, as well as associated external needs and major sources of financing.
In August, the World Bank board of directors approved the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) Progress report, which Mr Ndiaye said was prepared in consultation with the government and external stakeholders on the development priorities of Uganda.
Uganda joined the World Bank on September 27, 1963. Over the past 50 years, the World Bank has funded more than 100 development projects with financing totaling more than $8 billion (Shs20 trillion). The Bank will focus on fewer, larger and transformational projects with more emphasis on infrastructure and agricultural productivity.
World Bank projects in Uganda
• Projects. World Bank country manager Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye there are 16 active projects with net commitment of $1.5b (Shs4 trillion).
• Background. Uganda joined the World Bank on September 27, 1963. Over the past 50 years, the World Bank has funded more than 100 development projects with financing totaling more than $8 billion (Shs20 trillion).