Financial transparency, trust and willingness to pay in local governments of sub-Saharan Africa

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Purpose: The study investigates the influence of financial transparency on citizens' trust and revenue paying behaviour of citizens of local governments in sub-Saharan Africa. It relies on the theories of stewardship and public choice in explaining the relationship between financial transparency, trust and willingness to pay. Design/methodology/approach: The study applied a Partial Least Square Structural Equation Model (PLS-SEM) to survey data of 404 respondents selected from four Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies of Ghana to test the hypotheses of the study. Findings: It establishes the fact that financial transparency positively influences trust of citizens in local government and their willingness to pay taxes and levies. The study also found that both financial transparency and trust are low in the local governments of Ghana. Practical implications: The study emphasises the importance of financial transparency in improving trust and willingness to pay. Thus, local governments are encouraged to seek innovative ways to enhance the quality and access to financial information by the citizens. Originality/value: While prior studies focus on the measurement and determinant of financial transparency, this study links financial transparency to revenue mobilisation in the local government of sub-Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-120
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2023


  • Financial information
  • Local government
  • Transparency
  • Trust
  • Willingness to pay


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