BSI South Sudan started providing support to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) in 2010. The initial focus was just on budget and aid issues. One of the recognised outcomes of this support was increased ability of officials to manage and lead regular budget and aid processes and BSI support was reduced accordingly. Another outcome has been the establishment of regularly published quarterly expenditure reports.
In response to the Ministry’s request one of the largest areas of BSI support to date has been the development of the framework of transfers to states and counties. In the process BSI has facilitated the establishment of structures involving the MoFEP and other relevant agencies to oversee the execution and accountability of the service delivery transfers (including Ministries of Education, Health and Water, the MoPS&HRD and the Local Government Board).
More recently, as some other TA providers have withdrawn, BSI has responded to Ministry’s request to expand its support to cover Revenue (since 2015) and Treasury (since early 2016).
In response to requests from the Ministry, BSI currently provides support in three broad areas
- Strategic advice on macro-fiscal issues and engagement with development partners. In the past BSI has supported the Ministry’s engagement with the IMF and World Bank, particularly at the Spring and Annual meetings.
- Support for strengthening systems for financing, management and accountability of local service delivery. This support has included the development of guidance by the national government on state and county PFM, and the mobilisation of donor resources to support the rollout of such guidance, as well as support to the monitoring and oversight structures.
- Support to core functions of the Ministry: Budget, Treasury, Revenue and Aid. This support includes dedicated advisers; specific training inputs designed to address knowledge gaps (included budget training in both Uganda and Juba); cross cutting support on IT issues and work with other providers to identify and deliver large scale training and funding for Masters programmes where this is seen to be appropriate.