On 28 February 2017, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published its special report “The use of budget support to improve domestic revenue mobilisation in sub-Saharan Africa.” The auditors examined the European Commission’s use of budget support contracts to support revenue mobilisation in nine low- and lower-middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The report has indicated that, despite recent improvements, budget support is not yet optimally used to support revenue mobilisation in the countries concerned. The auditors identified a number of aspects that need improvement such as the conditions linked to the support that is provided by the EU and the measurement of results of this policy.
Domestic revenue mobilisation is a priority for the international development community, but the EU’s support is being undermined by design and implementation weaknesses and challenging local circumstances.
Danièle Lamarque, European Court of Auditors.
Former President of Tanzania and Global Ambassador for Immunisation.
Executive Director, International Trade Centre