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Budget transparency in Uganda

Written by Tim Williamson

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Tim Williamson, who heads up the Budget Strengthening Initiative’s (BSI) work in Uganda and South Sudan , has over many years has worked closely with the Ugandan Government to improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of public financial management in Uganda. Most recently Tim has worked with the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to develop a new website - the Uganda Budget Information website - that grants unprecedented access to information on public spending.

Ryan Flynn, Communications Officer for BSI, recently visited Kampala to assist with the design and launch of the site. He sat down with Tim to talk about budget transparency; the story behind the Government's move towards greater transparency; and why budget transparency may be only half the answer when it comes to improving the accountability of public finances.