The platform coordinating the Results & Mutual Accountability’s (GPI R&MA) activities in Africa is the NEPAD Agency and its African Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev) based in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the capacity development agency of the African Union, NEPAD was interested in joining the programme to stimulate and coordinate country exchanges and improve the results orientation of participating countries and strengthen cooperation with development partners. The NEPAD Agency has been instrumental in garnering the buy-in of countries into the programme, particularly at the political level. Participating countries are Madagascar, Malawi, Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and Cameroon.
In this region, four workshops were organised by the NEPAD Agency up to April 2017. The discussion results are fed into the African Working Group on Development Effectiveness, a multi-stakeholder platform organised by the African Union that scales up continental development effectiveness priorities to the political and global level. A summary report on the activities and conclusions until September 2016 can be found here.
Following are several the conclusions:
- A key issue in most African participating countries is the alignment of Development Partner (DP) commitments to the partner country’s development plan. Alignment is standard to the higher-level macro goals but not yet to the lower level programmes and results. Benin carried out a separate study on the use of their development plan and arrived at similar conclusions;
- Countries are starting to use results-based budgeting and programme-based budgeting. The level of implementation and the link between results and budgeting differs from country to country; language used also differs;
- Countries are committed to discuss SDG integration – as well as other longer term visions like the AU Vision 2063 and sub-regional economic community goals – into their national development plans. The integration of SDGs at lower strategic levels, e.g. Medium Term Strategic Frameworks and Sector Plans can be fast- tracked, as their life cycles are much shorter;
- Planning and financing linkages are improving -– e.g. by linking the NDP with the MTEF, and budgets are linked to results as outlined in the plans. More attention is needed to structure the oversight function of results delivery against budgets, i.e. assessing whether a country is achieving its intended results. At the sector level, some good experiences have been reported – e.g. via the Sector Working Groups.
For further information on the African region activities, see http://www.africa-platform.org/pilot-programme-enhanced-use-country-results-frameworks-crf and http://www.nepad.org/programme/capacity-development.
African Region Plans for 2017-2018:
In the African region, the Country Results Framework (CRF) functions differ from country to country; some countries are more advanced than others, which creates opportunities for exchange and mutual learning. Other relevant topics for exchange and learning are:
- Working from project-based to programme-based and results-based budgeting;
- Improved planning and financing linkages; supporting the work towards an Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF);
- Improve the data collection and management of national financial flows;
- Country and regional accountability mechanisms;
- Linking national with sector-results framework and with sub-national frameworks;
- Linking national with sub-national budgets;
- Preparing a development cooperation policy;
- Achieving buy-in from Development Partners to the partner Country Results Framework (CRF);
- Promote the involvement of political level leadership through AU Organs and conferences.