Public Procurement and Public Financial Management in Africa: Dynamics and Influences

  • Justice Nyigmah BawoleEmail author
  • Peter Adjei-Bamfo


How do public procurement practices influence effective public financial management (PFM) in Africa? Notwithstanding the several public procurement reforms to improve PFM in Africa, outcomes have not been sustainable. Prior studies have failed to explain this phenomenon. With a descriptive case study design based on comprehensive datasets, this paper explains this situation with three key factors underlying the public procurement environment in three African countries: Ethiopia, Central African Republic, and Ghana. From the agency theory lenses, these factors affect the agency cost in public administrative systems necessary for addressing the agency problems in public procurement management towards desired PFM outcomes.


Public financial management Public procurement Principal agency theory Africa Ethiopia Central African Republic Ghana 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Administration and Health Services ManagementUniversity of Ghana Business SchoolLegonGhana

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