I'm a political scientist focusing on democratic institutionalisation, parliaments, political parties, political corruption, and natural resources (petroleum resources management and revenue management). My geographic expertise includes Malawi, Bangladesh, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, and francophone West Africa. I completed my PhD in comparative African studies at the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 1997. I was the Research Director at CMI from 2000-2003 and Director for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre from 2002-2006. You can see all my publications on the CMI profile page.
Weak procedures for managing the government’s financial transactions, assets, records, and reports can open up for corruption, embezzlement, and mismanagement of public resources. Good accounting procedures are a question of both technical skills and political will.
Auditing and controls are essential parts of public financial management. Supreme Audit Institutions play a visible role, and support to strengthen these institutions has amplified. These institutions can be subject to political interference, politicisation, and wing-clipping.
17 May 2020
Cash transfers can be fast, support local economies, and prevent people from slipping into deep poverty. Corruption risks can be reduced through transparent targeting mechanisms and more.