AMP Malawi

 

“After being impressed with the system in terms of its capabilities, we decided that AMP was the way to go as far as aid reporting and management were concerned”
Stan Nkhata, Deputy Director
of the Debt and Aid Division, Ministry of Finance of Malawi

 

[toggle]Background

In 2008, the Government of Malawi decided to implement the Aid Management Platform (AMP) to assist them in tracking and reporting on external funding, which represents about 85% of the public investment budget. Immediately following implementation, fifteen desk officers in the Debt and Aid Division at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) populated the system with the country’s portfolio of aid-financed activities, and subsequently used AMP to produce the annual report on official development assistance. All twenty-eight major bilateral and multilateral donors are now reporting comprehensive project and disbursement information on a monthly basis.

[toggle]Key Characteristics

Strengthening data management. Prior to AMP implementation, donor agencies reported and updated actual and planned disbursement data on a quarterly basis via an Excel template developed by the MOF in 2005. However, while the data collection process was solid, the Excel-based system had reached its limitations in housing data in a user-friendly manner. Building on the existing process, government continues to request information from donors in the same manner, but now enters and validates the data in AMP.

Government Ownership. The MOF’s Debt and Aid Division is the government entity that manages AMP and hosts the application on its servers. MOF management signaled from the beginning that AMP implementation was a high priority, and that the system should quickly become embedded in the institutional workflow. This strong commitment is evident in the rapid progress made by the Debt and Aid Division in implementing the system and using it for analytical purposes.

Infrastructure. Existing technical capacity to maintain the AMP server was limited and has been enhanced as part of the implementation process. DG is also broadening its work with the government beyond AMP, providing technical assistance to strengthen the MOF’s internal network.

Managing for Results. The government intends to begin using AMP to monitor progress toward the Paris Declaration indicators, as well as to implement a routine project monitoring reporting structure. It is also using AMP to undertake more proactive aid effectiveness monitoring through greater analysis of donor portfolios.

Donor access. The MOF is planning to give donors the ability to both input and extract data from the system directly. This will allow them to access the most recent data on all donor activities across the country and analyze other donors’ activities and behavior to improve collaboration and aid effectiveness.

[toggle]Results

AMP contains the country’s entire portfolio of ongoing activities (more than 920 projects and programs). Using this information, the Government published the Malawi Aid Atlas for FY 2007/08 and FY 2009/10, which present aid flows to Malawi by economic sector and donor. The reports are available on the MOF website.

AMP is now a key element in the Ministry of Finance’s Development Assistance Strategy. In September 2008, the government showcased AMP Malawi in the “Marketplace of Ideas” at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana. The delegation from Malawi also highlighted the role of AMP in their overall aid coordination strategy during a session on increasing the transparency of aid information.

[toggle]Timeline

2008 
  
JanuaryMOF signed AMP project document, committing to implementation

MarchTechnical assessment completed

June-JulyAMP installed on MOF servers; pilot team of desk officers trained

September

Government presented AMP at the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana

SeptemberSystem upgraded to the latest AMP release

December

Government participated in the first AMP Best Practices Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

  
2009 
  
FebruaryGovernment hosted an AMP knowledge-sharing workshop

December

Government participated in the second AMP Best Practices Workshop in Dakar, February

  
2010 
  

May

Network improvement Assessment carried out by DG with support of the Government

December

Government participated in the third AMP Best Practices Workshop in May Nairobi, Kenya

  
2011 
  

January

Network expansion and improvement to facilitate online stakeholder access; Procurement of required equipment completed

June

Development Gateway and CCAPS program partnered with government to begin geocoding all activities captured in AMP

September

Donor site visits to assess connectivity; user training; and discussions on enhancing monitoring and evaluation features are underway

 

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About AMP

The Aid Management Platform (AMP) is an online application that enables governments to better manage and coordinate development assistance. Designed for use by governments and their development partners, AMP improves and streamlines the processes for planning, monitoring, coordinating, tracking and reporting on international aid flows and activities.

Malawi
People
13.92 mln
3%
48years
-30,000
Economy
$3.56 bln
$250
8%
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Infrastructure
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