Malawi

2015

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Country Summary - English Questionnaire

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.

Budget Oversight

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.

Recommendations

Improving Transparency

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.
Improving Participation

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.
Improving Oversight

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.


2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

2008

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Country Summary Questionnaire (Revised)

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.


2006

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Country Summary Questionnaire



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