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August 26, 2015

Public Sector Investment Programming: Fostering sound economic and financial management systems in Malawi

PhotoLecture by an ex-government official

The importance of capacity building to reach desired development goals cannot be overemphasized. The Project for Capacity Enhancement in Public Sector Investment Programming Phase II (CEPSIP II) is one such capacity development initiative. The public sector investment programme (PSIP) is a planning and budgeting tool of national development projects. Thus CEPSIP II aims at reinforcing the PSIP so that the development projects implemented by the central government will realize the development goals set in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDSII) in more efficient and effective manner. JICA has since 2009 supported the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development to strengthen its PSIP Unit. The current CEPSIP II project runs until September 2016 and it has so far developed three major PSIP-related tools: i) Web-based PSIP database which contains the profile and tracks the progress of all development projects by the government and development partners, ii) PSIP Preparation Handbook designed for planning officers at line Ministries that explains key features of PSIP, and iii) PSIP Appraisal Manual that Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development uses to assess the quality of new and on-going project proposals.

PhotoSite Visit to Island City (Fukuoka City)

In addition to developing various tools mentioned above, a number of trainings have also been conducted locally and internationally. 12 senior government officers recently traveled to Japan to participate in a tailor-made training course, ‘Public Sector Investment Programme and Performance Measurement'. The participants visited Tokyo and four prominent local government offices in West Japan. Through lectures, discussions and field visits, the participants learned how Japan has implemented its public sector reform through intensive planning process and public finance management reform. The trip to Japan has materialized into 22 action plans that the participants will soon start implementing in their respective capacities to enhance PSIP's performance. Government of Malawi and JICA will continue to work together to institutionalize PSIP more fully with continued emphasis on the importance of capacity development.

PhotoEvaluation Session at JICA Tokyo

Flola Nyirenda
Program Officer
JICA Malawi


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