Government under-expenditure of allocated budgets is a global problem

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Today Tuesday 16 July, I read an article authored by Nyambega Gisesa on the Daily Nation Newspaper about how counties spent less than 50 percent of their budgets during the first 9 months according to the Office of Controller of Budget Reports. 

Narok County was leading in absorption of funds at 66.9% while Wajir County was the worst in absorption at 32.9%. 

This is not a unique problem for Kenya. It is a global challenge. According to data provided by Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA), governments all over the world are not able to spend their budgets and this is a danger to attainments of Sustainable Development Goals. 

Basic services such as housing, water and sanitation will suffer according to a research by International Budget Partnership (2019). 

On average, budgets for economic affairs remain mostly unspent while defense budgets exceed the budgets by many governments. 

There is also a practice of many governments under-spending irrigation budgets. 

Supplementary budgets 

Some deviations in planned budgets are inevitable, and when they happen, governments should explain why,”  according to a report by Jason Lakin and Chloe Cho of IBP. 

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Geoffrey Kerosi, economic and public policy analyst based in Nairobi City. Email: WhatsApp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

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