The Mozambique Budget Forum (BMF) is a coalition of Mozambican civil society organizations working on public finance transparency and accountability. Helvetas, Water Integrity Network and Swiss Development Cooperation have been supporting BMF since 2013. In 2016, BMF’s work with parliament contributed significantly to limiting priority sector budget cuts to only 1%, allowing the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to maintain its investments and core activities. BMF directly supported the parliamentary Planning and Budget Committee to scrutinize national budgets and present reasoned arguments to the Government for increased budget allocations to the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. BMF also recommended that the Government should set out Mozambique’s national accounts in a clear, accurate and simple format, to make them more accessible for citizens. In 2017 the Government agreed, making the nation’s ‘State General Accounts’ readily available, and publishing them alongside an accompanying simplified version, called ‘Citizen Account’.
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