Can Integrated Infrastructure Investment Plans Contribute to More Effective Public Spending? The Case of Mozambique

WIDER Working Paper 2016/162

17 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2017

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Mike Muller

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Governance

Horacio Zandamela

University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management, School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

All countries, especially developing countries with limited financial resources, face difficult decisions in prioritizing public funds for investment projects in order to achieve strategic public goals in the face of multiple demands. Effective investment often requires coordination between different institutions and the management of political pressure to divert investment in support of private interests. It also requires the identification of appropriate sources of funds for different purposes. The preparation of an integrated infrastructure investment plan (IIIP) that uses structured approaches to review investment proposals has been suggested, and adopted in some cases, as an instrument to address these challenges and bridge the gap between national planning and sectoral budgeting. This article considers the experience of Mozambique in deploying an IIIP and concludes that the instrument may be helpful as part of a system of investment planning and allocation but that it has significant limitations.

Keywords: infrastructure, investment, budgeting, planning, Mozambique, regional integration, Southern Africa, inclusive growth

JEL Classification: O20, H61, H54, O18, N97, R58, N27, N67, N77

Suggested Citation

Muller, Arnold Michael and Zandamela, Horacio, Can Integrated Infrastructure Investment Plans Contribute to More Effective Public Spending? The Case of Mozambique (December 1, 2016). WIDER Working Paper 2016/162, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894874 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2894874

Arnold Michael Muller (Contact Author)

University of the Witwatersrand - School of Governance ( email )

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
GA 2000
South Africa

Horacio Zandamela

University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management, School of Law ( email )

PBag X3, WITS
2050 Johannesburg
South Africa

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