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Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI)


CABRI’s development path can be characterised by four phases:

Creation of an informal network

In its inception phase, between 2004 and 2006, CABRI was launched as an informal network in response to a need for shared learning on public financial management issues within an African-led forum. Interest in the network grew and, following a series of consultations, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by 11 countries in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2005. This gave rise to a semi-legal association of senior budget officials.

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The birth of a legal entity

Between 2006 and 2011 CABRI deepened its recognition among senior budget officials, and in the international arena, as a home-grown peer network. The network became a legal entity, following the ratification of its international agreement by the six founding countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. CABRI’s membership has continued to grow since its establishment as an international organisation in December 2009.

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Establishing a reputation

In the third phase, from 2012/13 to 2014/15, CABRI developed its niche and further broadened its scope of work. The network signed a host country agreement with the South African authorities and moved into its own offices. The first three-year strategic plan was developed, which set out a programme of work that reflected the technical depth and breadth of work. The number of activities grew substantially, as did the number of participating countries from around 25 to 40.

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Establishing a broad agenda to deepen influence

CABRI's fourth phase, running from 2014/15 to the present, aims to proactively establish a broader agenda of public finance management reforms and deepen its influence at a country level. It has also brought on board a public debt management work stream, and developed its second three-year strategic plan.

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