As a result of the Paris Declaration (2005) and also the Accra Agenda (2008) resulting in commitments for contributors to funnel much more of their help to developing countries through country systems, there’s been an increasing shift from program and project aid – typically managed or supervised directly through the adding development partner – to budget support where aid is channeled directly with the developing country treasury’s consolidated revenue fund account. As you might expect, as a result of this growing shift to budget support there’s been a corresponding rise in donor concentrate on the performance of Public Finance Management within the countries that receive budget support. This is because ought to be, because of the elevated real or perceived fiduciary risks connected by using country systems to handle hard earned taxes from the citizens of development partner countries.
However this is just one side from the story. Regrettably there’s not much interest or appreciation in sleep issues from the story. On the other hand from the story would be the citizens from the developing countries who are affected as a result of trying out Public Finance Management systems in the reform, which might only actually undermine current weak systems and hang it well even more. Public Finance Management appears inaccessible to the majority of us. Even where it’s available to us we deem so that it is boring, irrelevant then one only dreary accountants and auditors need stress about. But think, Public Finance Management is all about our money, it’s about our children’s future, it’s about our development.
The significance of Public Finance Management and it is reform derives as a result of its direct role in applying policy – whether it is about improving education, achieving better healthcare, promoting tourism, or growing farming yields. With weak Public Finance Management systems, even where policy makers develop seem policy, it might not be easy to implement such policy effectively. Further, quite distinctively Public Finance Management performance affects the performance of other sectors – yes the macroeconomic atmosphere and thus private sector chance and also the service delivery in agriculture, health, education, transport, energy, public safety and other great tales. If this works, other sectors are able of succeeding however when Public Finance Management fails other sectors fail.
We as citizens of developing countries needs to be more worried about who drives the diary for Public Finance Management reform. Could it be the IMF, because it imposes Public Finance Management Reform conditionalities that aren’t just associated with strengthening or improving budgetary systems, but they are tied particularly towards the adoption of particular reform approaches – despite such approaches getting sometimes unsuccessful in several country.
Could it be the planet Bank because it helps make the adoption of integrated financial management computer (IFMIS) the foundation for support in reforming the general public Finance Management systems? Or perhaps is it caused by wide internal debate and consideration through the country citizenry influencing their elected leaders to deal with the fundamental stuff that they are fully aware fail to work using approaches which are inside the achieve in our capacity instead of adopt reform methods that won’t yet be appropriate to the conditions?