Transparency (Open Budget Index) 65/100
The Government of Malawi provides the public with substantial budget information.
Public Participation 44/100
The Government of Malawi provides the public with limited opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 67/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in Malawi is adequate.
By auditor 42/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Malawi is limited.
Malawi should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Publish in a timely manner a Pre-Budget Statement.
- Produce and publish a Citizens Budget, a Mid-Year Review, and an Audit Report.
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more information on macroeconomic forecasts.
Malawi should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Provide detailed feedback on how public perspectives have been captured and taken into account.
- Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program.
- Provide detailed feedback on how public assistance and participation have been used by the supreme audit institution.
Malawi should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:
- Ensure the Executive’s Budget Proposal is provided to legislators at least three months before the start of the budget year.
- Ensure the executive receives prior approval by the legislature before implementing a supplemental budget.
- Require legislative or judicial approval to remove the head of the supreme audit institution.
Malawi’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with minimal information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it quite difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.