Contribution to Joint Budget Support Framework - Techn. & Adm. Support Unit
Austria participates in the Joint Budget Support Framework (JBSF) which brings together all development partners providing budget support to the Government of Uganda. In order to effectively implement the JBSF, the development partners pool resources for the administration of the JBSF and the provision of technical and analytical research to inform policy design and dialogue. The Multi-Donor Trust Fund is an instrument to finance these administrative and technical underpinnings for budget support provision. It places strong emphasis on high-level analytical and research capacity to provide a solid foundation for policy framework development and assessment. The trust fund is executed by the World Bank and established for the duration January 2010 to June 2013. The total budget is estimated at $7.8 million.
The objective is to strengthen the Government's policy program by providing an analytical foundation for, and improving the administration of the JBSF.
This will be achieved through the establishment of a Technical and Administrative Support Unit, which will provide research and advice as well as administrative support to the JBSF Technical and Policy Dialogue Taskforce that can inform Government's policy choices and implementation strategies.
Through these activities the trust fund is expected to have impact at three levels: (i) at the policy level, through support to a more structured and evidence-based policy dialogue between Government and Development Partners; (ii) at the budgeting and planning level, by reducing transaction costs and increasing the predictability and reliability of budget support disbursements; and (iii) at the technical implementation level, by providing technical analysis and operational advice to Sector Working Groups.