The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Supporting Fiscal Transparency in African Countries

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Civil society organizations (CSOs) can play an important role in enhancing transparency and good governance in developing countries by contributing to increased public debate on issues surrounding the formulation and implementation of government budgets as well as in supporting greater transparency of public revenues. This paper reviews some recent measures to improve fiscal transparency in Nigeria, highlights the role played by CSOs, and identifies possible strategies which CSOs and senior government officials in various African countries may adopt in order to promote more constructive and transparent dialogue on fiscal management issues.

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