Factors Affecting the Implementation of Integrated Financial Management Information System in Ethiopian Public Sector

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Addis Ababa University


Sound integrated financial management information systems (IFMIS) can not only help developing country governments gain effective control over their finances, but also enhance transparency and accountability, reducing political discretion and acting as a deterrent to corruption and fraud. The county governments of Ethiopia have been required by the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act, 2011 to implement IFMIS since 2015 when they became operational, but the implementation process has so far been ineffective. This study therefore aimed at examining how ICT Infrastructure, Government Policy, Capacity and skills of IFMIS Users, Top Management Commitment, Implementation Strategy, Staff- Resistance and other factors affect the effective implementation of IFMIS in Ethiopian public sectors especially on Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC). Therefore the scope of the study was limited on ministry of Finance and Economic cooperation departments who use the system. In this study the researcher have try to reviews the existing literature, information and publication on the topic related to the research problem by accredited scholars and researchers so as examines what various scholars and authors have said about examining factors affecting Integrated Financial Management Information System implementation, in particular it covers the theoretical review of literature, conceptualization of research problem, empirical review of the literature , critique of existing literature, the research gaps and conceptual framework of independent & dependent variables of the study. The study employed a descriptive research design. The target population was users of IFMIS in all directorates of Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation which use the system. A Purposive sampling so as to select the targeted directorates and Random sampling from each directorates with total of the 88 employees who use IFMIS in each directorates was done. Primary and secondary data was collected by means of document review, observation, questionnaire & interview and was analyzed using descriptive statistics using SPSS version 17 and excel. And the analysis shows the current IFMIS implementation of the organizations negatively influenced by all these factors. The study recommends for adequate top management strong commitment and technical staff in planning & implementation, proper leadership for the project team, enough computers and software for the staff and proper systems approach of planning, scheduling of IFMIS and review of government policy according to IFMIS requirement. Additionally, study recommends for similar studies to be undertaken in other ministries for generalization of the findings of this study. And the last the researcher show reference used for the study and appendix.


A Research Paper submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Science in Accounting and Auditing


Government Policy, ICT Infrastructure, Implementation Strategy