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Beyond Budgets blog

Welcome to Beyond Budgets, BSI’s blog on the latest and hottest topics across PFM.

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Welcome to beyond budgets.

November 2016|bsi|

There are many countries in the world today that are working to build a state that can drive development progress and establish a basic level of wellbeing for their citizens. A government that taxes and spends responsibly, effectively and accountably is a pretty central part of our understanding of good governance. And a government that [...]

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Roundup: south sudan’s independence anniversary.

November 2016|bsi|

Open Democracy South Sudan: building the foundations of the world’s newest nation Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, economic advisor to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, reflects on the nation’s last 12 months and vision for the future. The Guardian South Sudan: in numbers includes quite an interesting infographic on the state of the nation’s [...]

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Why most publications about pfm sequencing are missing the point.

November 2016|bsi|

Public financial management is a relatively placid field of international development. Other development specialists have fierce arguments over the faults and merits of, say, Millennium Villages, or randomized controlled trials. For the most part, PFM specialists acknowledge that while there is a strong technical core to public finances and budgeting, there is a lot we [...]

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Roundup: ipi on implementing the new deal and a fresh set of country learning notes from uganda.

November 2016|bsi|

International Peace Institute, Policy Paper Busan and Beyond: Implementing the ''New Deal'' for Fragile States. Sydney Morning Herald Kevin Rudd to advise on 'fragile' regime former Australian PM to chair World Economic Forum panel on fragile states. ACLED dataset on armed conflict goes further than other conflict datasets, giving the location of events within countries. [...]

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Laws, what are they good for?

November 2016|bsi|

In OECD countries, a new budget framework law is the crowning achievement of budget reformers. It may be difficult to gather momentum, overcome veto players, figure out the details, make the right deals – but once a new system has been encoded in law, it is pretty difficult to undo. Since budgeting and financial management [...]

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Roundup: report on the ‘resource curse’ and news on timor-leste’s implementation of the new deal

November 2016|bsi|

A new study by the World Bank Are natural resources cursed? An investigation of the dynamic effects of resource dependence on institutional quality Open Budgets Blog explores building accountability and transparency in fragile states President of Myanmar has replaced a number of key positions in his cabinet, including the Minister of Finance and the Minister [...]

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In tune or out of touch? International agreements and the aid effectiveness agenda (the case of south sudan)

November 2016|bsi|

Proponents of international agreements, such as the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, may argue that they provide high level legitimacy to a set of shared principles for delivering aid and serve as tool for developing countries to enforce better donor engagement. Critics may argue that international agreements represent a utopian donor-driven vision of aid [...]

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Roundup: fragility and the post-2015 framework and a series of new reports on secure livelihoods in fragile states

November 2016|bsi|

Two new reports on fragility and the post-MDG framework have recently been published. ODI’s Lisa Denney explores whether a goal relating to security could be included in the post-2015 framework; and Saferworld looks at approaching post-2015 from a peacebuilding perspective. New Oxford Policy Management report Infrastructure in Fragile and Conflict Affected Statesincludes case studies on [...]

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Improving monitoring and evaluation of essential services in developing countries: lessons from uganda

November 2016|bsi|

As governments in developing countries around the world prioritise spending on the delivery of services, it becomes increasingly important to verify that these services are being delivered successfully– that schools are conducting classes, clinics are treating the sick and infrastructure is being constructed. To do so, governments undertake monitoring, inspection and evaluationactivities, conducted by teams [...]

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Roundup: liberia’s pefa assessment and inflation eases in south sudan

November 2016|bsi|

The IMF has released Liberia’s Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Assessment, finding that the country has made “significant improvements against the PEFA benchmarks”. There are rumours of a cabinet reshuffle in Liberia, with Finance Minister Amara Konneh tipped to move to the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs while awaiting a “bigger job”. OECD-DAC’s [...]

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