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

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Roundup: South Sudan’s new cabinet and reforms in Myanmar

October 2016|bsi|

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has announced a new, ‘leaner’ cabinet; with a reduced number of cabinet posts and the amalgamation of several ministries. Many have interpreted the reshuffle as being the latest move in a power struggle between the President and the now ousted Vice-President, Riek Machar. Riek Machar has announced his run for [...]

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Reforming public finances in nepal

October 2016|admin|

Complicated and fast-changing politics. Political parties distributed across the left–right spectrum; ethnic and regional interests; fault lines old and new, all changing regularly. The development challenges are great, but there are also some important successes towards the MDGs in some areas, notably maternal health. Read more (on ODI website)

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FEEDBACK ON DEVELOPMENT II

October 2016|admin|

A few months ago we wrote a blog post on feedback in development. Dennis Whittle at the Center for Global Development has written a similar article How Feedback Loops Can Improve Aid (and Maybe Governance). We agree strongly with this approach and join his call for ‘a faster and more steady stream of information from [...]

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Feedback in development

October 2016|bsi|

A few months ago, passengers travelling on a major airline linking the USA with West Africa reported a steady deterioration in service. A series of flights were cancelled and others delayed, leaving passengers on their way to Liberia stranded in Ghana for a day or more. The airline appeared to be putting its oldest planes [...]

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What if government reformers had the space to challenge advice?

October 2016|admin|

This year’s CAPE conference at ODI looked at ‘Budgeting in the real world’, the reality of which was vividly portrayed by former Finance Ministers Dr. Antoinette Sayeh of Liberia and Mme. Luisa Diogo of Mozambique. Both insisted that reform should be internally driven, externally supported. But some participants worried that what appeared during the conference to be an emerging [...]

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Christmas smorgasbord: collective action failures, aardvark attacks and why pdia may be good old practice but a poor new fit.

October 2016|admin|

 If, like me, your mind is now turning more to Christmas parties, you may want to just jump to the end of this piece and watch the 30 second video clip. This will give you a profound new insight into the importance of overcoming collective action failures.  And you may also want to forward it [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 2)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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Public finance reforms: politics matters, but so does government capability (part 1)

October 2016|admin|

Carlos Scartascini is a Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This post draws extensively on joint work with Mariano Tommasi. The opinions expressed in the note are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDB, its Board of Directors, or the countries they [...]

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What is the role for conditionality in a complex, political world?

October 2016|admin|

It must be a tough time for donors. From every side new research is showing that the development world is more complex and more political than their standard approaches can cope with. The rise of Political Economy Analysis points to the need to think and work politically, and to ensure that foreign aid does not [...]

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I want to believe – budget credibility in low-income countries

October 2016|bsi|

The issue of incredibility – defined in the dictionary as something that is ‘impossible or very difficult to achieve’ – matters hugely for understanding how public money is used in developing country budgets. But as much as it matters to donors and institutions like the IMF who work closely with governments in low-income countries, budget [...]

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