Darfur reshapes its public spending processesJun 9, 2014
Planning a state’s public spending on local infrastructure and basic services, and keeping reliable and transparent records of that expenditure, is crucial. These processes boost citizen confidence about the integrity of its public officials and good use of the public purse.
The Darfurian authorities asked UNDP to establish the Planning and Public Expenditure Management (PPEM) project in Darfur. This project aims to strengthen revenue collection and reporting capacities through such tools as training and awareness raising campaigns, as well as institutional capacity building. The project is addressing Darfur’s payroll management and control through developing and implementing an electronic payroll system (software developed and installed to servers in three out of five states; work stations connected with servers; and training conducted). It is also providing technical support for the review of the five years strategic plan in North, South and West Darfur states.
The project is already yielding tangible results. In line with its prioritization of interventions under this project, the Ministry of Finance in North Darfur cost shared the budget for procurement of 15 vehicles which were subsequently purchased and allocated to several line ministries and identified localities to improve revenue collection in the state.
As a result of improved logistical capability, and creation of additional revenue collection teams and points as a result of UNDP support, revenue collection in the state has increased from SDG 36 million in 2010 to SDG 149 million in 2013, as reported in the Auditor General’s report for 2013. During 2012 the revenue collection increased by 28%. Other supporting initiatives in the project are currently ongoing with tangible results observed. UNDP will continue to work with Darfur’s authorities this year to complete the electronic payroll system, and initiate the state strategic planning processes for the East and Central states. These are crucial steps that can promote significant change.