This study forms part of a multi-country study assessing the design and application of the mediumterm expenditure framework (MTEF) as a tool for poverty reduction in selected African countries. The principal aim of the study is to produce practical guidance that will help government officials and development practitioners to improve the efficacy of MTEFs as a tool to support implementation of poverty reduction strategies. The country case-studies will be used as the basis for preparing a cross-country comparative review from which recommendations will be drawn regarding best practice.
This paper focuses on South African experiences in implementing MTEF, looking at its impact over government policy and budgeting. It also assesses both how the MTEF and Poverty Reduction Strategy have been integrated with one another and its impact upon local government.