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Ken Opalo: Democratizing Public Finance in Africa

Ken Opalo

January 11, 2022

Look for Ken Opalo's article on the democratization of public finance in Finance and Development's special online series marking the 60th year of the IMF African Department.

In This Episode

Spending public funds efficiently and effectively is a challenge for governments around the world, but weak public finance management systems are holding back growth and development in Africa. Ken Opalo studies African legislatures and policymaking at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In this podcast, Opalo says public spending does not adequately reflect taxpayers' priorities in many African countries because elected officials are often left out of the budget process. Transcript

Ken Opalo

Ken Opalo is an assistant professor in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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