CABRI was created by Senior Budget Officials from African countries with the intent to promote public financial management reform and good governance practices in Africa. Since the inception of the network in 2004, the scope of work of CABRI has expanded and its reputation in the field of Public Finance Management has become to be internationally respected. Starting with only one event – the Annual Seminar – the network’s engagement with African ministries of finance now include regional specific workshops, smaller policy dialogues, “Joint Country Case Studies”, advocacy and participation in international events.

 CABRI Timeline

The following timeline traces the history of CABRI from its establishment:

  • 2004

    Budget officials from Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda put forward a firm proposal for the establishment of a professional network that would support senior budget officials in Africa in the execution of their duties.

  • 2005

    A memorandum of understanding set out the framework for the establishment of the network. The memorandum specified the objectives, scope of activities, membership, governance and financing of CABRI.

  • 2006

    The Management Committee resolved to establish CABRI as a formal network that would be independent in its operations and in the discharge of its functions through an international legal agreement. During the following months, an international agreement was drafted and negotiated between various countries.

  • June 2007

    After two rounds of negotiations, the legal agreement was finalised and signed by six countries that became the CABRI founding members: Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

  • 2007 - 2009

    The founding members ratified the international agreement according to their domestic procedures.

  • 14 May 2008

    CABRI was officially launched in Maputo, Mozambique with a vision to create an organization based on the principles of South-South learning that promotes African solutions for African problems

  • 3 December 2009

    CABRI became a legal and independent membership based organisation and officially started operating as an independent international network organisation.

  • April 2010

    Mauritius became an official member of the network bringing the number of official members to seven.

  • April 2011

    The Central African Republic became an official member of the network bringing the number of official members to eight.

  • October 2012

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is the next country to accede to the CABRI International Agreement and become a member country.

  • December 2012

    A Host Country Agreement is signed with South Africa.

  • May 2013

    The CABRI Secretariat moves out of the National Treasury (where it has been hosted since 2004) into its own premises in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • August 2013

    Burkina Faso joins the CABRI network as a full member increasing the member country count to 10.

  • August 2013

    Liberia becomes a full member country of CABRI by acceding to the CABRI International Agreement.

  • December 2014

    The Gambia joins the CABRI network as a full member increasing the member country count to 12.

Welcome to CABRI

The Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) is a peer-learning and exchange network for senior budget officials working in African Ministries of Finance/Planning.

Where we work

What we do

CABRI's work focuses mainly on the following:
Accountability (Good Public Financial Governance), Transparency (Transparency Promotion), Systems (Strengthening PFM Systems), Value for Money (Value for Money in Sector Financing), Capability (Enhancing Institutional Capability), Information (Budget Resource Centre) and Connecting (Networking).

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