Promoting transparent and responsible use of public finances in Africa

Good Financial Governance in Africa Programme (GFG II)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Cofinancier

    Co-funded by the European Union and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

  • Country

    Africa-wide (offices in Pretoria; South Africa, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

  • Overall term

    2019 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Governance and democracy



State delivery of public services such as education, healthcare and sanitation as well as security requires transparent and efficient management of public finances. This remains a challenge for many African countries. Some governments fail to mobilise sufficient revenues, budgeting remains difficult and there are shortcomings in transparency and accountability. As they often do not sufficiently fulfil their supervisory mandates, supreme audit institutions (SAIs) and parliaments are often seen as weak links in the chain of accountability. Moreover, where mismanagement of public resources is exposed, sometimes little is done to enforce the corresponding sanctions or changes in behaviour.

Good financial governance means promoting transparency and accountability in the management of public resources. It supports the delivery of services by governments and gives them credibility in the eyes of their citizens. Public contributions to the exchequer through taxes should be accompanied by value for money reflected by efficient delivery of public utility services by the State.


Good financial governance change actors in the areas of taxation, illicit financial flows budgeting, auditing and legislative oversight are capacitated to support systemic changes in African countries


The project implements the Good Financial Governance in Africa programme. To strengthen the knowledge and skills of decision makers, the project cooperates with regional public finance Pan-African Networks and provides technical advice, training and support for peer-learning in five areas: tax administration and policy, budget reform, external audit, legislative oversight and tackling tax-related illicit financial flows in Africa.

Last update: January 2023