The Good Financial Governance in Africa programme promotes transparency and accountability in public financial management and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU). Its objective is to foster Good Financial Governance in Africa, more specifically to equip decision-makers in African public finance to use region-specific services, products and further education to improve financial governance.
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The Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa programme hosted its annual Cooperation workshop, with participation by GIZ global, regional and sectorial programmes. The workshop took place from 6th – 7th June 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The information sharing workshop was attended by various programmes and network partners from African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI) and the English-speaking African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) as well as African Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (AFROPAC). The Good Financial Governance Cooperation workshop illustrated the use of technology in promoting good governance in Tax, Budgeting and Audit.
While opening the workshop, Mr. Martin Weiss, Country Director South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini stated that “The Good Financial Governance in Africa Programme has a special role to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between all the programmes, and thereby to coordinate all the experiences and the many success stories that are being developed day by day. I may also use this opportunity to congratulate the GFG Programme Manager Mr. Maurice Ochieng and his team for successfully concluding the first GFG in Africa programme (2012-2019) and to announce that the new programme phase, GFG II started in February 2019 with many familiar faces”.
The Cooperation workshop is an annual event providing exchange amongst GFG and PFM programmes in Africa (including resource governance and fiscal decentralisation). The workshop provides a platform for continuous exchange of information and cooperation between GIZ programmes to share ideas, find synergies and create opportunities for collaboration. It thereby fosters concrete, work-related exchange among GIZ programmes working on good financial governance/public finances, decentralisation and resource governance, and selected partner institutions.
The objective of the workshop is to explore synergies to coordinate and leverage our work on the bilateral and regional levels by discussing opportunities for collaboration in the public finance sector in Africa. At the same time, the workshop contributes to a common approach towards GFG and resource governance in Africa. Achieving impact at the national level by reaching national decision makers to promote GFG is the core premise. The workshop also injects clarity in the role played by the GIZ sectorial and global programmes, and how they can support bilateral as well as regional programmes.
The entire value chain of Public Financial Management (PFM) starting with revenue generation, looking at spending (budget), ensuring checks and balances (audit) and finally ensuring accountability through parliamentary oversight was covered. With this approach, presentations were divided mainly in three categories; case studies, use of tools and overall description of how programmes and Pan-African partner networks are impacting the lives of people in the continent.