Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in The Philippines: A Policy Brief

This Policy Brief was produced with the generous financial support of Global Affairs
Canada and produced by the Forum of Federations through the Supporting Decentralized

and Inclusive Governance in the Philippines Programme. The views expressed here are

those of the author and do not reflect the views of the Canadian Government.

The following is a brief overview of intergovernmental fiscal relations in South Africa. The aim
is to provide policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders in the Philippines, particularly

in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), with comparative

insight into the system for financing subnational governments in South Africa.

A careful start of comparison is made on two occasions, namely with respect to the equitable

share (para 4.5) and the perspective on own revenue (para 5.3).

This policy brief serves two purposes. First, to foster a greater understanding of the
international comparative context in which the solutions for BARMM can be understood.

Second, to foster informed debate in the Philippines on intergovernmental fiscal relations

as they affect BARMM.