New programme improved efficiency in tracking public expenditures

Dili - Training on a new tracking system is enabling officials at Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to identify leaks and inefficiencies in public spending thereby enhancing the overall ability of ACC to investigate corruption-related cases. The methods and tools of the Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS) help staff trace the flow and use of public resources such as cash, goods and infrastructure. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

“In the past, our staff would come back from field supervision visits with many questions about monitoring budgets and service delivery,” said Manuel Bucar, Deputy Commissioner for Prevention of the ACC. “After the PETS training, they were able to follow the steps necessary for monitoring expenditures from public institutions such as government institutions, schools health facilities, and gained confidence in their field work.”

Highlights

  • The Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS) help staff trace the flow and use of public resources such as cash, goods and infrastructure.
  • ACC officials are now utilizing the PETS system in their daily work to track and scrutinize the budget flow and exercise regular oversight of government financial expenditures.
  • The representatives from the governmental agencies participated in the eight-day PETS training session in order to ensure transparency and accountability in administering their budgets.

PETS are tools that track the flow of public resources from the central government to front-line service providers. With PETS, ACC officials can analyze what percentage of funds are spent at each level and identify the major points of resource leakage and misuse during the flow. ACC officials are now utilizing the PETS system in their daily work to track and scrutinize the budget flow and exercise regular oversight of government financial expenditures.

The eight-day training was held in April 2013, and involved fifty participants including thirty-seven ACC staff and representatives from the Ministries of Health, Education and Finance. The participants learned the PETS methodology for collecting and analyzing data, with a focus on education and health sectors. The representatives from the governmental agencies participated in order to ensure transparency and accountability in administering their budgets. UNDP’s multi-year project, Support to Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Timor-Leste, provided technical and financial support to the ACC to hold the training.

For more information about the training and the UNDP’s Support to Anti-Corruption Initiatives, please contact Signi Verdial, Programme Officer, at signi.verdial@undp.org.