Strengthening capacities on Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Southern Africa

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Strengthening capacities on Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Southern Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa – As part of its Development Effectiveness programme, AWEPA organised a working dinner to discuss the outline of a learning programme for SADC parliamentarians on Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) on 11 May 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The dinner, which brought together legislators attending a joint session of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum Regional Standing Committee, aimed to raise awareness among these parliamentarians of the context surrounding DRM and to obtain feedback on the initial outline of a learning programme on DRM.

A welcome address was delivered by Hon. Joseph Njobvuyalema, Vice President of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, followed by a presentation by Ms. Kubeshni Govender Jones, an external consultant hired to create the learning programme on DRM. During her presentation, Ms. Govender emphasised that the new DRM Learning Programme for SADC parliamentarians would focus on developing capacity over the short to medium term.

AWEPA is currently supporting the SADC Parliamentary Forum in the development of this Learning Programme, since DRM is an area in which the Forum has previously vocalised its need for further trainings and dialogue.

The Learning Programme will incorporate existing information, data and research accumulated by the SADC Parliamentary Forum and AWEPA, essentially consolidating these materials into one, usable tool.

Placing a firm focus on natural resource revenues and taxation, the curriculum will aim to:

  • Locate DRM in the context of Africa’s development and the imperatives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Explain the basic concepts associated with DRM;
  • Raise awareness of the role of parliamentarians in the DRM process with regard to oversight legislation, constituency outreach and regional collaboration.

Background information

DRM is the generation of savings from domestic resources (both public and private) and their allocation to economically and socially productive investments. Domestic resources are important to African countries because:

  • They are potentially the biggest source of long-term financing for sustainable development and the source of all state governance such as the provision of public goods and services;
  • They can help strengthen fiscal institutions and long-term fiscal planning;
  • They represent an exit from long-term aid dependency, and increase local ownership.

In contrast to mobilising external resources (through foreign direct investment, aid, trade, and debt relief), DRM offers greater domestic policy ownership and greater coherence with domestic needs.