Budget Support, Budget Transparency and Domestic Accountability in Mozambique

The European Journal of Development Research, 2016

Posted: 22 Aug 2016

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Johannes Schmitt

German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval); University of Duisburg-Essen

Date Written: June 1, 2016

Abstract

Donors have provided foreign aid in the form of budget support in order not only to promote growth and poverty reduction but increasingly also to strengthen domestic accountability in the recipient country. Yet, despite numerous studies and evaluations, little information has been provided on how individual elements of budget support work towards domestic accountability. This article reconstructs the donors’ accountability-claim and hypothesises effects of budget support on budget transparency and domestic accountability. Evidence from empirical research in Mozambique confirms the effectiveness of budget support to improve budget transparency, and therefore supports the core accountability-claim. Moreover, the article provides insights from the demand-side, where domestic accountability institutions play an active role in the process of answerability.

Keywords: foreign aid, democracy promotion, budget transparency, civil society, domestic accountability

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Johannes, Budget Support, Budget Transparency and Domestic Accountability in Mozambique (June 1, 2016). The European Journal of Development Research, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826470

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University of Duisburg-Essen ( email )

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