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Public financial management introductory guides

November 2016|Sierd Hadley, Tom Hart, Cathal Long, Mark Miller, Shakira Mustapha and Bryn Welham|Toolkits,

How do public finance reforms work in practice? Read our introductory guides This series of introductory guides offers insights into key topics in public financial management (PFM). They are written specifically for capacity-constrained environments and provide an overview and discussion of the main issues related to each key topic, highlighting useful literature. The introductory guides cover the areas [...]

Kenya: Country situation assessment

November 2016|Mirza|Background papers,

Kenya has 23 arid and semi-arid counties, which constitute about 88 per cent of the country’s land mass. Of the 23 counties, 9 of them are classified as arid and 14 as semi-arid. The extent of aridity within each of the arid and semi-arid counties, and across counties, is variable, not homogenous. The arid counties [...]

Resilience, equity and growth in semi-arid economies: a research agenda

November 2016|admin|Research reports,Working papers,

What do we mean by ‘equitable, climate-resilient economic growth’ in semi-arid lands (SALs)? Are fast growth, fair growth and resilient growth compatible objectives, or are trade-offs between them inevitable? This working paper sets out the rationale for PRISE’s focus on pathways for investment and development that have the potential to unlock rapid economic growth, reduce [...]

The capabilities of finance ministries

June 2016|Philipp Krause, Bryn Welham, Shakira Mustapha and Sierd Hadley|Research reports,

All countries have a finance ministry. If one organisational feature defines what makes a state a state, it is a central unit that handles income and expenditure – or aspires to. Finance ministries are also at the centre of many current policy discussions, whether on how to respond to the 2008 financial crisis, how best [...]

PEFA: what is it good for?

April 2016|Sierd Hadley and Mark Miller|Research reports,

The role of PEFA assessments in public financial management reform. The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) framework has been hugely successful in harmonising approaches to public financial management (PFM) systems in developing countries, and remains the most comprehensive indicator of PFM to date. However, not all elements of the framework are universally relevant, and [...]

Sustaining public sector capability in developing countries

December 2015|Helen Tilley, Sierd Hadley, Cathal Long and Jeremy Clarke|Bibliography and literature reviews,

There have been notable shifts in the understanding of capacity development. This paper attempts to go beyond the question of how organisational capability develops, to ask what might be the path to sustained growth in capability. The focus on the role of the individual in the 1960s and 1970s shifted to the role of the [...]

Basic enough budgets: What should you do when you can’t do everything?

December 2015|Bryn Welham and Sierd Hadley|Research reports,

In order to manage revenue and expenditure, a state must have a budget of some kind. While there are numerous frameworks for what constitutes an ideal budget, relatively little consideration has been given to what might constitute a 'basic enough' budget for low-income and low-capacity states. This paper considers a number of leading frameworks, and reviews [...]

Implementing the new development framework in countries affected by conflict and fragility

October 2015|Marcus Manuel |Briefing Paper,

Recent research by the Overseas Development Institute shows that a revolution is required in the rate of progress if the new SDG development framework is to be achieved. For poor fragile and conflict affected states the challenge is especially acute. This paper is a background briefing note for International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding UNGA [...]

Change in challenging contexts

September 2015|Overseas Development Institute|Research reports,

In fragile states and other challenging situations, the establishment of core functions relating to public financial management (PFM) and service delivery is a critical part of state building and resilience, and is central to most partnerships in development. But how does genuine institutional change take place in fragile and conflict-affected states, and how can it be [...]

Incredible Budgets – budget credibility in theory and practice

July 2014|Rebecca Simson and Bryn Welham|Working papers,

In many countries, particularly low-income and fragile states, national budgets are often poor predictors of revenue and expenditure. This paper draws on rational choice theory to set out a framework for explaining what drives budget non-credibility. Three drivers of budget non-credibility are identified –inevitable lack of knowledge as to how the future will unfold (uncertainty); [...]