Public resources accountability declining � BIDPA study

Botswana appears to be experiencing a steady decline in accountability, a study conducted by the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) has suggested.

According to the study, titled, ‘An analysis of Botswana implementation challenges’, even the office of the Auditor General (OAG) lacks the authority to enforce some of the decisions it makes in relation to poor management of public resources. The study further notes that several challenges have emerged as strong bottlenecks to optimal project implementation, leading to repeated malpractices. The challenges stated include increasing policy complexity, declining levels of accountability and lack of commitment to reforms.

“Lack of commitment to selected policy choices is emerging as an important challenge for project implementation. Government has increasingly created and adopted policies to which it does not adhere to,” reads part of the report.

Editor's Comment
We salute Kgomo Khumo for a job well done

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