Guyana Emergency Early Education Project: Securing Our Children’s Future

Across Guyana, students in Grade 5 and 6 who are in the pipeline to take the National Grade Six Assessment are without adequate learning materials while at home due to the current COVID-19 nation-wide lockdown. The lack of access to adequate and quality learning materials, particularly by students in low-income and poor families outside the urban areas put their education and hope for a successful career and life at risk. The Guyana Budget Policy Institute in partnerships with a team of students and teachers from Harvard University have stepped up to help fill this gap by providing access to high-quality materials tailored to the needs of the these students. See full article for how to access these materials and for details on how you can support this project. Together we can secure our children’s future.

Audit Reports can Boost Accountability and Efficiency if the Government Takes Them Seriously

Public audits can be used as a tool to identify and tackle inefficiency, mismanagement, waste, and fight corruption if lawmakers take them seriously and act on their recommendations. For the fiscal year, 2017, taxpayers lost more than $1 billion in overpayments to contractors, payments for goods without any vouchers, and payments for good that were not delivered, according to the Auditor General’s report. Public audits are meant to provide lawmakers and taxpayers with an assessment of how well public agencies delivered public services, whether they have operated within their budgets, and more importantly, whether they have executed their functions consistent with good public financial management practices.

Less Than 18 Percent of Government Transfers to the Regions is for Supporting Agriculture and Infrastructure – Key Economic Sectors

The failure to adequately invest in key sectors of the economy limits economic growth and is likely to further exacerbate current economic uncertainty and prime the economy for a downward spiral. The government’s budget for 2017 includes fiscal transfers to the 10 Administrative Regions totaling more than $35 billion. Of this total, less than 18 percent is allocated for supporting the agriculture sector and for building and repairing critical infrastructures necessary for creating a strong economic foundation for sustained growth.