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South Africa

Transformative Fiscal Transparency (ZA0025)



Action Plan: South Africa Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: National Treasury (and Office of the Chief Procurement Officer)

Support Institution(s):

Policy Areas

Fiscal Openness, Marginalized Communities, Publication of Budget/Fiscal Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: South Africa Action Plan Review 2020-2022

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? South Africa continues to champion fiscal transparency, but fundamental issues persist with connecting transparency to meaningful public participation that has the potential to be transformative. The link between transparency and accountability is weak, particularly at the subnational level. The links between transparency and accessibility/ use/ inclusion also continues to be weak.

What is the commitment? Fiscal transparency that is transformative and inclusive of traditionally marginalised groups and communities across South Africa.

How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? Transparency for greater engagement, accountability and effective proactive management of public finances in a manner that ensures better access to relevant information by marginalized groups and thus better enabling them to hold government to account.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? This commitment will enhance open government and enable better civic participation especially by marginalised groups.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

2:  Transformative Fiscal Transparency

• Verifiable: No                                                    

• Does it have an open government lens? Yes

• Potential for results: Unclear     

• Clustered: No


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