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Southern Africa Programs - Overview
The focus of FSVC's current work in Southern Africa is more effective and transparent public financial management. A more transparent public financial management process is more efficient, effective and able to resist corruption. It also helps ensure that money is spent to meet the true needs of citizens, such as reducing poverty and job creation.
Angola: Promoting Transparent Management of Public Resources (2014 - Present)
FSVC, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a program to help improve the management of public financial resources in Angola. Due to the abundance of oil and other natural resources, Angola has experienced substantial economic growth and increased investment over the past two decades; however the majority of Angola’s 22 million citizens do not benefit from these vast resources. Inefficient management of tax revenues from oil, trade and income prevent the Angolan government from providing its population with adequate infrastructure and services. FSVC’s program aims to assist the government with addressing these inefficiencies in budget management and tax collection, and help improve the ability of civil society organizations to advocate for budget reforms and effectively monitor government expenditures in Angola.
Click on the images below to learn more about FSVC's work in Angola.
Zambia: Promoting Transparent Management of Public Resources (2013 - 2014)
FSVC, with support from the U.S. Department of State, has been helping Zambia adopt more transparent public financial management policies and practices. One key tool at the disposal of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). IFMIS utilizes SAP software to collect, store and analyze financial data within and between GRZ ministries. FSVC is working with IFMIS end-users at the ministries to help them use the system more effectively.
- Since 2013, FSVC has provided hands-on, practical training for over 100 staff members from the GRZ Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health and Home Affairs.
- FSVC has been a key partner to the GRZ, providing them strategic guidance on how to make the best use of IFMIS and improve its IT systems and applications.
FSVC volunteer experts Craig Brown (above) and Mark Hanseraj (below) working with representatives from the Zambian Ministries of Finance and Education
Workshop on Lessons Learned in Improving Public Financial Management in Zambia (December 2014)
Workshop to Improve Public Financial Management in Zambia (March 2014)