Set up in 2010, the Budget Strengthening Initiative (BSI) is hosted by the Overseas Development Institute’s Public Finance Institutions (PFI) programme, which leads research and advisory work at the global and country level on public financial management and service delivery, the capabilities of finance ministries and adaptive approaches to development.
BSI is an innovative programme of independent, flexible and demand-led technical assistance working with governments in South Sudan, Uganda, Liberia and DR Congo as well as providing strategic support to the Secretariat of the g7+ group of Fragile States. in 2015, BSI expanded its work to Sierra Leone and included a limited intervention in Somaliland and Puntland.
BSI offers four distinctive types of support: strategic advice; systems design; facilitating implementation and targeted research, which are all applied through a problem-driven approach. These components both reinforce and inform the work done at country level and ensure that practical engagement in-country is informed by comparative experience and ongoing international dialogue.
BSI has been subject to regular evaluations which have assessed both the activities undertaken, the outputs achieved and the overall impact of its respective programmes. The links to the evaluations are here.