Parliamentary budget offices (PBOs) can play a valuable role in democracies. They provide impartial and expert advice on public finances. They do this in a transparent manner. This can strengthen oversight of public finance decisions by parliamentarians and civil society. But South Africa’s PBO is in disarray.
In today’s episode of Pasha, we talk to Seán Mfundza Muller, a senior lecturer in economics and a research associate at the Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He explains how South Africa can fix its parliamentary budget office and why that’s important.
Photo: By WitR Republic of South Africa. Cape Town (Kaapstad). Facade of parliament building in a Neoclassical design, Cape Dutch architecture. Shutterstock