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The association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by a government ministry in Uganda

The association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial... Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda. Design/methodology/approach – The study used a self‐administered questionnaire to survey 120 staff and stakeholders of the Ministry of the Water and Environment. Correlation analysis was employed to determine the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting. Findings – Results indicate that accounting standards and legal framework are all positively and significantly associated with the quality of financial reporting, providing evidence of the effect of accounting standards and legal framework on the quality of financial reporting in Uganda Research limitations/implications – Scarce literature using African data means that it is not possible to compare the findings to previous research. Practical implications – The finding of an association between accounting standards, the legal framework and quality of financial reporting implies that the government of Uganda needs to adopt a more robust approach in enforcing compliance to improve the quality of financial reports produced by the Ministry of Water and Environment. Originality/value – This study contributes to the dearth of evidence on government accounting literature in Africa by investigating for the first time, the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by a government department. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies Emerald Publishing

The association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by a government ministry in Uganda

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-1168
DOI
10.1108/20440831311287709
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda. Design/methodology/approach – The study used a self‐administered questionnaire to survey 120 staff and stakeholders of the Ministry of the Water and Environment. Correlation analysis was employed to determine the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting. Findings – Results indicate that accounting standards and legal framework are all positively and significantly associated with the quality of financial reporting, providing evidence of the effect of accounting standards and legal framework on the quality of financial reporting in Uganda Research limitations/implications – Scarce literature using African data means that it is not possible to compare the findings to previous research. Practical implications – The finding of an association between accounting standards, the legal framework and quality of financial reporting implies that the government of Uganda needs to adopt a more robust approach in enforcing compliance to improve the quality of financial reports produced by the Ministry of Water and Environment. Originality/value – This study contributes to the dearth of evidence on government accounting literature in Africa by investigating for the first time, the association between accounting standards, legal framework and the quality of financial reporting by a government department.

Journal

Journal of Accounting in Emerging EconomiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 22, 2013

Keywords: Association; Accounting Standards; Legal framework; Quality of financial reporting; Ministry of Water and Environment; Uganda; Financial reporting

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