How, When and Why does Poverty get Budget Priority? Poverty Reduction Strategy and Public Expenditure in Malawi

Working and discussion papers
April 2002
Adrian Fozzard and Chauncy Simwaka

This paper is one of five country case studies which seek to answer the questions how, when and why does poverty get budget priority?

The paper assesses Malawi’s experience in introducing pro-poor public expenditure policies from the 90s to 2001. Performance is assessed in terms of the consistency of fiscal policy and resource allocations with the Government’s poverty reduction goals. The paper focuses on core financial management systems and the relationship between Ministry of Finance and spending agencies.

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