AfDB to build capacity of ECOWAS parliamentarians for accountability


The African Development Bank (AfDB)says it will collaborate with its development partners to build capacity of parliamentarians in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to enhance accountability in governance.

This is contained in a statement by the bank in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the statement, about 40 to 60 per cent of public expenditure goes to social spending in Africa which calls for improved governance and accountability in social spending.

“African countries need to focus on results for the money spent on social services in order to foster and sustain progress in human development.

“Parliamentarians play a pivotal role in resource allocation, ensuring delivery on results and enhancing accountability in social sectors,” it added.

The statement said AfDB in collaboration with the partners would organise a capacity building activity for ECOWAS parliamentarians between June 19 and June 20 in Lagos.

It said that the activity would be the first capacity building event on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in Social Sectors in Africa.

According to the statement, the 15 participating countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The statement explained that the event sought to enhance awareness, knowledge, and skills for improving value for money, sustainability and accountability in social sectors for parliamentarians.

“The event specifically targets chairpersons of parliamentary budget committees, social sector committees, education and health committees from ECOWAS countries,” it said.

The AfDB partners according to the statement are the Government of Norway (NORAD), Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), the Harmonisation for Health in Africa (HHA) and World Health Organisation (WHO).

Others are the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), Gates Foundation and Clinton Access Initiative.