FSVC’s program began in August 2020 and is focused on delivering technical assistance to counterparts in Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and procedures in Southern Africa. Through partnerships with regional organizations in Southern Africa, FSVC’s programming also extends to counterparts in Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, and other countries in the region. This program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The objectives of FSVC’s program are to:
- Strengthen the governance, accounting and public financial management capacity of key government institutions;
- Enhance the oversight capacities of key government institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) to minimize fraud, waste and abuse of state resources and reinforced transparency and accountability; and
- Create a knowledge-sharing network to connect key government institutions and CSOs across the region to promote South-South learning.
- Trained and mentored more than 90 key personnel within government ministries in Angola, Eswatini and Lesotho, including service-delivery oriented ministries, in fundamental skills in accounting, budgeting and economic analysis.
- Enhanced the oversight capabilities of the Auditor General of Eswatini through targeted trainings for staff on the key principles of auditing and how to perform an audit of the extractive industries sector.
- Trained more than 185 civil society leaders and representatives in Eswatini and Lesotho on analyzing government budgets, monitoring government audit reports and improving citizens engagement and advocacy on budget policy and formation.
- Increased the number of advocacy initiatives undertaken by civil society organizations in Lesotho to improve transparency and accountability to combat corruption.