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Angola

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - Portuguese Questionnaire - English Questionnaire - Portuguese
Transparency

25

out of 100
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Public Participation

7

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

33

out of 100
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IBP considers countries that score above 60 on the Open Budget Index as providing sufficient budget information to enable the public to engage in budget discussions in an informed manner. IBP considers countries scoring above 60 on participation and oversight as providing adequate opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and providing adequate oversight practices, respectively.

Transparency (Open Budget Index)

25

out of 100

Angola provides the public with minimal budget information.

How Has the Open Budget Index Score Changed Over Time?
Recommendations for Improving Transparency

Angola should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish In-Year Reports online.
  • Publish a Year-End Report online in a timely manner.
  • Produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement and speed up the production and publication of Audit Reports.
  • Increase the information provided in the Executive’s Budget Proposal by including more detailed data on expenditures for years prior to the budget year and by linking the budget more closely to policy by illustrating how new policies affect revenue and expenditure and outlining nonfinancial inputs, outputs, and targets.

Public Participation

7

out of 100

Angola provides few opportunities for the public to engage in the budget process.

How Does Public Participation Compare to Other Countries in the Region?

Global Average 12/100
South Africa 24/100
Zambia 15/100
Botswana 15/100
Malawi 15/100
Zimbabwe 9/100
Angola 7/100
Mozambique 7/100
Lesotho 0/100
Namibia 0/100
Swaziland 0/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Angola should prioritize the following actions to improve public participation in its budget process:

  • Pilot mechanisms for members of the public and executive branch officials to exchange views on national budget matters during both the formulation of the national budget and the monitoring of its implementation. These mechanisms could build on innovations, such as participatory budgeting and social audits. For examples of such mechanisms, see fiscaltransparency.net/mechanisms.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the formulation of the annual budget, during which members of the public or civil society organizations can testify, and publish reports on those hearings with feedback to citizens on their contributions.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution in formulating its audit program and to participate in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

33

out of 100

The legislature and supreme audit institution in Angola provide weak oversight of the budget.

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 38/100
Execution/Audit 27/100

The legislature provides weak oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides weak oversight during the planning stage of the budget cycle and weak oversight during the implementation stage of the budget cycle.

To What Extent Does the Supreme Audit Institution Provide Budget Oversight?

Weak 33/100

The supreme audit institution provides weak budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Angola should prioritize the following actions to make budget oversight more effective:

  • Ensure the legislature holds a debate on budget policy prior to the tabling of the Executive’s Budget Proposal and approves recommendations for the upcoming budget.
  • Ensure a legislative committee examines and publishes reports on in-year budget implementation online.
  • Ensure the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).
  • Consider setting up an independent fiscal institution to further strengthen budget oversight.

Open Budget Survey 2015

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - Portuguese Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 26/100 

The Government of Angola provides the public with minimal budget information.

 Public Participation 12/100 

The Government of Angola is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

 Budget Oversight

 By legislature 20/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Angola is weak.

 By auditor 33/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Angola is weak.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Angola should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  •  Publish the Year-End Report, Audit Report, In-Year Reports, and Mid-Year Review in a timely and consistent way.
  • Produce and publish the Pre-Budget Statement.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal, for example by presenting more comprehensive information on the classification of expenditures for future years and the classification of expenditures for prior years.
 Improving Participation

Angola should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  •  Ensure the public is informed of the purpose of public budget engagements and provided with sufficient information to participate effectively.
  • Open hearings on the Audit Report to the public.
  • Publish reports on public budget hearings.
  • Promote the involvement of civil society in the monitoring of budget execution.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
Improving Oversight

Angola should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  •  Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the virement of funds in the Enacted Budget, the spending of any unanticipated revenue, and the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Require legislative or judicial approval to remove the head of the supreme audit institution.

 



Open Budget Survey 2010

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Country Summary Questionnaire

Open Budget Survey 2008

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Country Summary Country Summary - Portuguese Questionnaire

Angola’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with scant information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This makes it difficult for citizens to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.


Open Budget Survey 2006

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Country Summary Country Summary - Portuguese Questionnaire



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