Since 2014, FSVC has worked to improve public financial management in Angola. More efficient public financial management will help protect Angola, an oil-dependent country, from volatile price swings in international gas prices by enabling the government to project more accurately revenues and expenditures.
An important aspect of sound public financial management is the representation of civil society’s interests in budget allocations and the ability of civil society to monitor government expenditures. This approach helps ensure that public revenues are reinvested back into communities, and also promotes greater transparency and accountability.
As part of its program in Angola, FSVC helped establish a local budget advocacy coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs), called the Group of CSOs for Budget Participation (GOSCOP). FSVC is working with GOSCOP to build the capacity of CSOs to advocate for budget priorities and monitor government spending.
In March, FSVC volunteer experts trained GOSCOP on how to analyze government budget audits and contribute to the transparent reporting of government audit reports. This training will help CSOs draft and publish analytical position papers based on audit reports, and encourage stronger policy dialogue with the Angolan government. As a result, CSOs are better equipped to identify and address fiscal shortcomings, and advocate more effectively for budget priorities.
This work is funded by a grant from