Supporting Public Financial Management Reforms
The State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) was set up by the UK and Nigerian Governments to build on governance reforms already underway. SPARC addresses the technical aspects of policy and strategy, public financial management and public service reform, and acts as an umbrella programme for other initiatives dealing with education, health, state accountability and economic growth.
This large scale project covers ten Nigerian States and supports reforms in three main areas: Public Financial Management (PFM), Public Administration Reform and Public Sector Policy. We are responsible for PFM, the largest of these components, with a focus on estimation, allocation and management of resources, controlling fiduciary risk, and developing managerial skills. Following baseline assessment of each state, using the PEFA assessment methodology, we are providing detailed analysis and design of the support needed during the six year project implementation phase.
Our support recognises both the federal connections and individual state requirements to build sustainable capacity for the PFM reform process. Through establishing systems, procedures and skills for effective financial management we are helping to strengthen institutional frameworks and ensure transparency and accountability in the public sector.
Further information on SPARC can be found on the project website which also gives access to a number of tools, including Revenue Projections and PFM Database, developed during the project. SPARC offers support to other State and Local Governments through the “ASK” Knowledge Sharing portal.