About: Advice, Money, Results
An International Working Group on Managing Public Finance was convened from January 2018 to August 2019 to investigate and debate the effectiveness of international support for public financial management (PFM) in low- and middle-income countries. The group reviewed available evidence and the evolving PFM agenda and explored its links to the wider public finance, policy and development agendas. They identified approaches most likely to be relevant in the 2020s and considered how international agencies may need to do things differently in response to changing thinking and conditions. The report presents the findings of the Working Group and offers proposals for the future direction of international support.
The initiative was hosted by NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. An Advisory Group of eminent persons from multiple international organizations and countries around the world provided guidance.
In addition to developing the report, the Working Group contributed to a range of international conferences and events and hosted a symposium on Managing Public Finances: Country Perspectives and External Support in a Changing Landscape that was held at NYU DC in May 2019. This globally live-streamed event was co-sponsored by the NYU Brademas Center, Innovations for Successful Societies at Princeton University, and the Overseas Development Institute.