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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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Christopher Wallace on the Post-2015 Agenda, fragility and Liberia’s progress on transparency

October 2016|bsi|

The eyes of the world were on Liberia earlier in the month, as the UN High Level Panel (HLP) on the post-2015 agenda met in Monrovia to discuss what should replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) once they expire in 2015. The Budget Strengthening Initiative’s Natasha Sharma sat down with Christopher Wallace, Liberia’s Deputy Minister [...]

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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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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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Pfm reforms: still clutching at straws when measuring impact

November 2016|bsi|

One of the more interesting points to come out of discussions at a recent ODI hosted round table on public finance management (PFM) reforms was the weak relationship established between donor support for PFM reforms and the success of reforms.  But the keyword here is established. Researchers are facing a major data constraint in doing [...]

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The unintended consequences of civil service reforms in developing countries

November 2016|bsi|

Development practitioners are rightly concerned with depoliticising clientelist civil services. In other words that the recruitment of officials be based on merit rather than political loyalty for all but the top echelons of the bureaucracy. A number of statistical studies have linked depoliticised bureaucracies to positive development outcomes, including increased economic growth, lower levels of [...]

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Roundup: oecd-dac report on fragile states and conference on public financial management reforms

November 2016|bsi|

OECD-DAC released a new report -  Fragile states 2013: Resource flows and trends in a shifting world  - pointing to the shift in the global landscape of poverty towards fragile states (the report comes with some great data visualisations). The International Peace Institute (IPI) hosted an event to discuss the report’s findings and the lead [...]

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How to consolidate budget transparency in fragile countries

October 2016|bsi|

The International Budget Partnership’s (IBP) 2012 Open Budget Survey  shows that the global average Open Budget Index (OBI) has improved from 41 to 46 between 2008 and 2012.  If, for the same period, we look at the OBI for 18 countries that the OECD classifies as ‘fragile’, we see an improvement from 25 to 36. [...]

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Best practice in reforming institutions: more of a journey than a destination?

October 2016|bsi|

About a decade ago, I worked on budget reforms in Eastern Europe. I remember advising and consulting on different countries’ efforts to create medium term budgets, performance based budgets, fiscal rules, and other new institutions. The same reforms were being tried in all countries, often with the support of external agencies. These reforms were sold [...]

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