Improving Internal Controls, Budgeting and Financial Management in Zambia. As a subcontractor to Crown Agents, Connexus is offering long-term and short-term assistance on the USAID Accountable Governance for Improved Service Delivery (AGIS) project. Connexus works with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of General Education to improve internal controls, budgeting, and public financial management (PFM). Connexus also leads the development and implementation of a Gender Integration Strategy (GIS), which aims to increase the number of women in budget execution, as well as their substantive involvement in procurement, accounting, and auditing within target ministries. GIS activities include the development of gender training modules for Budget Officers and Ministry of Health and Ministry of General Education staff, aiding in the development of gender action plans, and the identification, on-boarding and training of PFM Gender Champions and Gender Ambassadors to deliver trainings that support the implementation of the gender action plans developed by the ministries. Our long-term Communications Specialist is responsible for communications program development, serving as principal editor and integrator of core concepts into all reports and deliverables going to USAID. She also creates public outreach materials to engage citizens, and promote AGIS’ work with the target ministries at the national and sub-national levels. These activities include producing success stories that highlight the impact of the project’s interventions, producing branded infographics, and supporting the development of the District Capacity Development Plans. She also developed a 10-week radio series with Capital FM, a radio station focusing on governance issues and public knowledge of PFM. The series took off in October 2020 and is rebroadcasted on select community radio stations in USAID/AGIS’ implementation areas.

Client: Crown Agents; 2017-2022

“AGIS aims to streamline public service delivery nationwide by developing the relationship between central and local authorities. At the central level, this involves working with the ministries of health (MoH) and of general education (MoGE), as well as entities like the Public Procurement Authority and the Anti-Corruption Commission. At the local level AGIS currently operates in three provinces, with the expectation that the government will soon roll out AGIS-type support nationally.” – Crown Agents webpage on Zambia AGIS