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Tanzania praised for better use of aid, scores low on graft war

20 Nov

Tanzania_flag_mapTanzania Development Partners have said despite positive signs in 2012/13 general budget support there has been stagnation in the fight against corruption in key sectors like health, energy and port operations.

Speaking during General Budget Support (GBS) Annual Review in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Chair of Group in Tanzania – who is also the Swedish Ambassador to the country – Lennarth Hjelmaker said corruption is still a problem in the country.

“The Assessment shows that a more active fight against corruption is needed.

After positive signs in 2012-13, there has been stagnation in the fight against corruption, including a lack of movement on specific anti-corruption cases in key sectors…It seems that there is still an underuse of administrative sanctions for petty corruption offense,” he said.

According to Hjelmaker, DPs have also expressed concern over certain human rights issues or more generally accountability when implementing government commitments related to the right to information and to protect and promote freedom of the media.

He cited areas where reforms are moving at a snail’s pace as including education where both primaryand secondary school pass rates have been dropping and pupil-teacher ratios have not improved as planned.

The DPs said however that an independent evaluation of GBS in Tanzania has confirmed that the aid modality does deliver tangible results and allows the government to spend more on development sectors such as in education, health, water and infrastructure.

According to DPs, Tanzania has done well in decentralisation of management of natural resources, improved budget transparency and procurement, with the number of districts with three or more nurses and midwives per 10,000 inhabitants – exceeding the targets.

However the country has underperformed on water where more than half of the households in rural areas are still lacking access to safe and clean water.

Hjelmaker said as a consequence the 2014 commitments and disbursements from DPs will be affected, as the performance tranches cannot be realised in full.

He said it is a good move that “Tanzania is raising more internal revenues and that dependence on donor funding in slowly decreasing,” adding however that the DPs would continue to support the country in GBS and different areas.

Last year DPs largely fulfilled obligations in line with their current agreements for 2012/13. A total of USD 584 million was disbursed against the USD 495 million committed. Two thirds were disbursed within the first quarter. Two out of the 15 disbursements were delayed.

For her part, Finance deputy minister, Saada Mkuya, expressed satisfaction with the country’s performance, saying the government was taking measures to ensure that such challenges are addressed.

The deputy minister said over past eight years budget support has influenced growth and improved outcomes in the education sector and in reducing non-income poverty.

SOURCE: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=61698

Regional Consultation for East and Southern Africa on Development Effectiveness

16 Oct

Leveraging Global Partnership to Optimize Africa’s Resources – From Busan to Reality

media_advisoryThe African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Government of South Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) member states, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are hosting an East and Southern Africa Regional Post-Busan Implementation Engagement workshop. The workshop is aimed at creating a platform to promote mutual learning and knowledge sharing on best practices and experiences in the implementation of a Global Partnership within the AU context. The workshop is taking place at Hunters Rest Mountain Resort, Rustenburg, South Africa from the 16th to 18th of October 2013.

The Regional Consultation under the auspices of the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) follows two similar engagements held in West and Central Africa. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) at the 4th High Level Forum in Busan in 2011 represented the international community’s commitment towards a fundamental transformation of the aid architecture. This meeting has drawn experts from; Governments, CSOs, Parliaments, Regional Economic Bodies, Development Partners, the Private Sector among others.

You can follow the events on AFRODAD blog, Facebook, APDev, UNDP

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