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MozambiqueWorld BankA joint World Bank/DRI visited Maputo, Mozambique during the month of February, 2017. The objective of the mission was to assess the existing legal, institutional and technical environment in which debt management takes place in Mozambique using the DeMPA methodology. The mission met with government officials at the Ministry of Finance, Banco de Mozambique, Tribunal Administrativo, and the Stock Exchange and prepared a document that will be submitted for peer review and then to the Mozambican authorities for comments.  

Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:00

OxfamDFI helped to facilitate an Oxfam Southern Africa workshop which aimed at designing programmes to achieve fiscal justice at regional and national levels. DFI presented on global, regional and national trends in tax policies, budget financing (aid and debt), and spending policies, and assisted Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe to identify their priorities for future country and regional work. Among the key priorities emerging were a regional index on fiscal justice and inequality, incidence analysis, tax incentives, gender budgeting, and extractives revenue-sharing.  

Saturday, 28 January 2017 00:00

SenegalDFI participated in a training and technical assistance mission at Senegal’s National Debt Committee in order to design a 5-year medium-term debt management strategy (MTDS), over the 2017-2021 period. The mission found that Senegal’s level of debt has grown at a steady rate since 2006. It also observed an increasing emphasis of commercial debt in its portfolio, despite the country’s priority to mobilise concessional resources to finance the projects laid out in the national development plan (Plan Sénégal Emergent).

The mission also found that the National Debt Committee’s significant technical capacity to develop a debt strategy was thwarted by a few issues: difficulties in following up the implementation of the strategy; a clash with other sectors’ strategic orientations fixed by the MTDS, communication and dissemination concerns, as well as problems with the publication of the strategy which remains to be approved by the political or ministerial authority.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

TajikistanWorld BankA joint World Bank/DRI visited Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with an aim to develop a debt management reform plan and present it to the authorities. The Reform Plan included the following areas: medium-term debt strategy, debt sustainability analysis, developing the domestic market, debt data and recording. The Plan also included a logframe to implement the proposed actions as well as a training program.

The mission met with government officials at the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, and other institutions involved in debt management. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016 00:00

OIFCote IvoireDFI facilitated the second OIF technical workshop on tax policy in Abidjan from 6 to 9 December. The workshop was organised in partnership with the government of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as CREDAF, the IMF, LSE, OECD, UEMOA, the University of Paris, UNDP, and the World Bank. Director-Generals and ministerial fiscal policy advisors from 14 Francophone countries attended the

Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00

Sao Tome and PrincipeWorld BankA joint World Bank/DRI mission visited Sao Tomé and Príncipe in order to assess the existing legal, institutional and technical environment in which debt management takes place in Sao Tomé, using the DeMPA methodology. The mission also assessed the degree in which the existing Reform Plan had been implemented and developed an updated debt management reform plan that included the following areas: medium-term debt strategy, capacity building, developing the domestic market, debt data and recording.

Sunday, 06 November 2016 00:00

TogoDFI took part in the joint World Bank-IMF technical assistance mission to Lomé, Togo, in order to develop a medium-term debt management strategy (MTDS) for the 2016-2020 period. In support of Togo’s National Public Debt Committee, the mission showed that the country has a capacity to build a database in line with the required format which will enable the design of the strategy.

However, implementing the strategy is being thwarted by deficiencies in terms of institutional coordination. While systematically annexed to the budget law, the strategy is still not being used as a guiding document in the negotiation and mobilisation of loans, because of the lack of political and technical appropriation towards it.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

GhanaJubilee Debt Campaign, along with the Integrated Social Development Centre, SEND Ghana, Vazoba, Kilombo, AANCLID and the Abibimman Foundation, have published a new report on Ghana’s debt situation.

The report reveals that the World Bank broke its own rules to guarantee 10.75% interest loans to Ghana. It shows how Ghana is in a new debt crisis just a decade after having significant amounts of debt cancelled by international lenders. While debt cancellation in 2004 and 2005 gave the country breathing space to increase spending on public services, the commodity price crash and currency shocks since 2013 have seen debts rapidly building up once again.

Read the full Jubilee Debt Campaign press release and the executive summary and full report here.

This issue has also been covered in The Guardian newspaper.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00

Tookit ReportDrawing on the skills gained from monitoring government budgets in over 70 countries, Government Spending Watch (GSW) helped develop a toolkit on Domestic Financing for Education produced by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) in collaboration with ActionAid International (AAI) and Education International (EI).

As the world embarks on the difficult task of putting into action the newly agreed SDG 4, and the accompanying Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA), this toolkit aims to support CSOs and education activists across low- and middle-income countries to advocate and campaign on issues related to financing for education.The SDG 4 and the FFA contain collective commitments to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030 - which will require ambitious new financing commitments to meet this goal. 

Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Annual Meeting 2016Finance ministers from low-income Francophone countries met in Washington on 6th October 2016 to discuss financing for development with other Francophone countries. Under the aegis of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), DFI helped convene this meeting in the margins of the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank.

Chaired by Mr. Abdoul Aziz TALL, Minister in the Presidency for the Plan Senegal Emergent, and co-chaired by Mr. François Maurice Gervais RAKOTOARIMANANA, Minister of Finance and Budget of Madagascar; and Mr. Ousmane Alamine MEY, Minister of Finance of Cameroon, the meeting was an opportunity for LIC ministers to take stock of work in 2015-2016 among Francophone countries to analyse how to finance their development and on domestic resource mobilisation.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:00

UnescoDFI was commissioned by UNESCO to provide a background paper and case studies which were used for the new Global Education Monitoring Report. This publication series provides independent monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG 4) and on education in the other SDGs, for the next fifteen years.

The 2016 instalment entitled “Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All” aims to bring insight for governments and policymakers to monitor and accelerate progress towards SDG 4.

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