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Mali

Open Budget Survey 2017

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - French Questionnaire
Transparency

39

out of 100
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Public Participation

6

out of 100
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Budget Oversight

39

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)

39

out of 100

Mali provides the public with minimal budget information.

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

Mali should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Mid-Year Review and a Year-End Report online.
  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement online in a timely manner.
  • Produce and publish an Audit Report.

Public Participation

6

out of 100

Mali 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
Benin 9/100
Democratic Republic of Congo 9/100
Cameroon 7/100
Mali 6/100
Senegal 2/100
Chad 0/100
Côte d’Ivoire 0/100
Burkina Faso 0/100
Niger 0/100
Recommendations for Improving Participation

Mali 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.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to participate in relevant audit investigations.

Budget Oversight (by Legislature & Audit)

39

out of 100

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

To What Extent Does the Legislature Provide Budget Oversight?

Formulation/Approval 43/100
Execution/Audit 20/100

The legislature provides weak oversight during the budget cycle. This score reflects that the legislature provides limited 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?

Limited 50/100

The supreme audit institution provides limited budget oversight.

Recommendations for Improving Oversight

Mali 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.
  • In practice, ensure the legislature is consulted before the executive shifts funds between administrative units specified in the Enacted Budget during the budget year, spends any unanticipated revenue, or reduces spending due to revenue shortfalls.
  • 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.

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Open Budget Survey 2015

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Transparency (Open Budget Index) 46/100 

The Government of Mali provides the public with limited budget information.

Public Participation 4/100

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

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 70/100 

Budget oversight by the legislature in Mali is adequate.

By auditor 50/100

Budget oversight by the supreme institution audit in Mali is limited.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Mali should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Year-End Report.
  • Produce and publish a Mid-Year Review and an Audit Report.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by presenting more detailed data on debt and interest for the budget year and more information on macroeconomic forecasts.
Improving Participation

Mali should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies as well as on audit reports at which testimony from the public is heard.
  • Establish formal mechanisms for the public to assist the supreme audit institution to formulate its audit program and participate in audit investigations.
Improving Oversight

Mali should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.
  • Ensure the supreme audit institution has adequate funding to perform its duties, as determined by an independent body (e.g., the legislature or judiciary).
  • Establish a system of quality control for the supreme audit institution.

 



Open Budget Survey 2010

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