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Public expenditure tracking in Tanzania at district level : effects on local accountability

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Abstract: Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS) are increasingly used at district level as a tool to make budget flows transparent from local government to service delivery agents. Comparing different methodologies used by NGOs in Tanzania, the paper examines whether accountability is enhanced and responsiveness is increased of local governments through these surveys. To improve Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys in Tanzania, the five NGO’s involved in the research recommended four key elements for an improved methodology of Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys in Tanzania: (1) build the capacity of the wider participants group; (2) enhance community ownership and empowerment; (3) provide feedback of the results to all levels of stakeholders; and (4) do justice to the local context. It was concluded that PETS in Tanzania do contribute to increased accountability, but much needs to be done to increase efficacy, efficiency and impact.
Note: Paper for presentation at the European Conference of African Studies organised by the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies. London: 29 June – 2 July, 2005
Authors: Graaf, K. de
Series Title: SNV publications
Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
Category: Research
Serial number: H0702-07
Keywords: decentralization , finance , participation
Language: eng
Organization: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation
PAGE: 20
Place: The Hague
Publisher: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Year: 2007
Region: Africa South of Sahara , East Africa
Right: © 2007 SNV
Subject: Social and Political Change
Title: Public expenditure tracking in Tanzania at district level : effects on local accountability