Table 1

Strategies used in the province to try to improve public financial management

StrategyPurposeFrequency and site
Deploying finance managers into service delivery units (‘deployment of finance managers’)To provide provincial service delivery managers with financial expertise to support better alignment between budget planning and service delivery priorities.
  • Daily

  • PDoH office

Involving service delivery managers in the monthly finance meeting (‘monthly finance meeting’)To determine how to allocate the budget according to service delivery needs (budget planning); to ensure expenditure matches the prioritised service delivery needs (budget execution); to report on expenditure during the year so service delivery managers are aware of available funds (expenditure monitoring); and, to provide strategic direction for the weekly review meeting and the weekly touch-base meeting.
  • Monthly

  • District office

Weekly committee to review expenditure requests (‘weekly review committee’)To review expenditure requests from facilities to assess whether the requests reflect decisions made at the monthly finance meeting, and whether there are sufficient funds.
  • Weekly

  • District office

Weekly managers’ ‘touch-base’ meeting (‘weekly touch-base meeting’)To ensure alignment of district wide activities for the coming week with the broader district strategy and approved resources.
  • Weekly

  • District office