The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 246–262 | Cite as

Budget Support, Budget Transparency and Domestic Accountability in Mozambique

  • Johannes SchmittEmail author
Original Article


Donors have provided foreign aid in the form of budget support in order not only to promote growth and poverty reduction but increasingly also to strengthen domestic accountability in the recipient country. Yet, despite numerous studies and evaluations, little information has been provided on how individual elements of budget support work towards domestic accountability. This article reconstructs the donors’ accountability-claim and hypothesises effects of budget support on budget transparency and domestic accountability. Evidence from empirical research in Mozambique confirms the effectiveness of budget support to improve budget transparency, and therefore supports the core accountability-claim. Moreover, the article provides insights from the demand-side, where domestic accountability institutions play an active role in the process of answerability.


foreign aid democracy promotion budget transparency civil society domestic accountability 


Les donneurs ont attribué des aides étrangères sous la forme d’un soutien budgétaire dans le but de promouvoir la croissance et de réduire la pauvreté mais également de plus en plus pour renforcer la responsabilité nationale dans le pays bénéficiaire. Désormais, malgré de nombreuses études et évaluations, peu d’informations sur la manière dont les éléments individuels sur le travail d’aide budgétaire envers le pays bénéficiaire ont été divulguées. Cet article reconstitue l’affirmation de responsabilité des donneurs et d’hypothétiques effets de l’aide budgétaire sur la transparence budgétaire et sur la responsabilité nationale. Une preuve provenant d’une recherche empirique au Mozambique confirme l’efficacité de l’aide budgétaire pour améliorer la transparence budgétaire et ainsi aider le cœur de l’affirmation de responsabilité. De plus, l’article fournit des aperçus du côté de la demande, où les institutions de la responsabilité nationale jouent un rôle actif dans le processus de responsabilité.



The author would like to thank the interviewees for sharing their experiences and insights with him. He is grateful for inputs from colleagues at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) as well as participants of the 4th Global Conference on Transparency Research held in June 2015 who commented on the draft version of this article. The author would also like to thank the anonymous referees for their feedback, and Christof Hartmann for peer reading and advice in the publication process. The author is indebted to the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) for facilitating an extended field trip to Maputo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval)BonnGermany

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