Support for results-based development and budget planning

Project description

Title: Support for results-based development and budget planning
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Senegal
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning (MEFP)
Overall term: 2016 to 2018

Context

In December 2013, the Senegalese Government revised its development strategy and agreed the Plan Sénégal Emergent, which lays out the key development and governmental priorities for the next ten years. The reform of public finances, with the introduction of greater results-orientation and transparency to the budget process, is particularly important for the achievement of these objectives.

The development priorities identified in the plan now need to be transformed into programmes and measures. This poses a series of challenges for the government and administrative system. In addition to a volatile macroeconomic environment, there remains a large budget deficit, poverty levels are high, and shortfalls persist in institutional and individual performance and coordination. These problems hamper the realistic planning, implementation and evaluation of development measures.

Objective

The budget planning and evaluation capacities of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, and of the sector ministries have been strengthened.

Approach

The advisory programme works at a high level with the cabinet of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning. Positioned at the interface between development strategy and the national budget, it contributes to the implementation of key reform processes and national development strategy measures. The programme advises its partners on the coordination and application of tools to plan, implement and evaluate development measures in the fields of energy, higher education, decentralisation, gender and public finance.

It provides training for key staff in the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, as well as the relevant sector ministries, and assists the budget process with coaching to support the respective planning units. Furthermore it works to strengthen the national, regional and international dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of civil society concerns in the budget process.

Results

The predecessor programme assisted in the preparation of the national development strategy. Its advisors supported the identification of regional development priorities and the involvement of civil society actors, above all women's associations. Key reform issues were thereby integrated into the development strategy, including regional economic development, gender, energy sector priorities, and core public finance reforms.

The programme supported the introduction of the national public finance reform plan, for example improving the conditions for a more systematic application of the investment budget at regional level.

At the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, the resources and capacities of for steering and implementing reforms have improved. Service contracts have been introduced in four directorates of the Ministry to increase the results-orientation of the administrative processes. Similar contracts are now to be drawn up in other directorates and ministries.

Together with its civil society partners, the programme developed a tool to assess the gender-sensitivity of planning documents. This will now be made available to the administration in the form of a handbook, enabling gender issues to be accommodated systematically in future government policies.