The importance of business continuity management (BCM), often referred to as business continuity planning (BCP), has been highlighted by the disruptions to normal working practices created by the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing requirements.
This report begins to document some of these practices in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. The report draws on data collected for CABRI’s COVID-19 PF Response Monitor and primary interviews with ministry of finance officials from the six countries. To understand business continuity within finance ministries in sub-Saharan Africa, the report provides an overview of the state of business continuity on the continent; what business continuity in ministries of finance has come to mean during COVID-19; explores specific country challenges with continued finance operations during the pandemic, including work redesign and workforce management, connectivity and digitalisation; changes in decision making and internal processes; uninterrupted budget execution and procurement; and treasury management. The report concludes with recommendations on the way forward.