Budget reform and achieving the MDGs in West and Central Africa

16 Nov 2009

UNDP's regional office for West and Central Africa will convene a group of international experts to discuss improved budget programming to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the sub-region.

UNDP has already worked with six West and Central African countries on how to plan and budget for the MDGs: Benin, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo, the Central African Republic and Mauritania.

The regional workshop will start on 18 November. Government ministries from across Africa; senior and national economists from UNDP country offices in the sub-region; and donor countries will attend the event. Together, they will discuss the following themes:

  • Budget reform and new tools for budget programming;
  • Implementing budget reform : ownership and articulating the reform with national development strategies;
  • Public policies evaluation and assessing results based management.

On 26 June, the Western African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU adopted a new set of directives for planning, programming and budgeting for its Member States. The workshop will also assess how UNDP can help the countries of West and Central Africa to furthe these reforms.  

For more information, please contact Bruno Imbert (bruno.imbert@undp.org)