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January 04, 2011

The Top Ten Blog Posts of 2010

Posted by Holger van Eden

On behalf of the staff of the Public Financial Management Divisions I and II of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, I would like to wish our readers—budget and treasury officials from around the around the world,  PFM practitioners, our dear colleagues from the World Bank, students and academics, and counterparts in the donor community—a happy and prosperous New Year. The list of blog posts below presents the best read posts published in 2010 on the PFM Blog. A post by Michel Lazare on our department’s new flagship publication, the IMF Fiscal Monitor, drove the most web traffic last year. This reflects the prominent position the Fiscal Monitor has achieved in a relatively short time span next to other significant IMF publications such as the World Economic Outlook. Among the other posts a significant number focus on government accounting. The ongoing discussion on the extent to which accrual accounting should be integrated into PFM practices is still raising much interest it seems. For the PFM Blog itself 2010 was a very good year. We passed the half million pages viewed since our start-up three years ago. The readership grew with a healthy 31 percent per year. We hope that our readers will continue using the Blog in the coming year as an information source and discussion medium on PFM issues, and we invite readers to share their insights and experience through own postings.

1.      IMF Fiscal Monitor: Navigating the Fiscal Challenges Ahead

2.      IPSAS: A True Global Standard for Government Accounting?

3.      Internal Audit in the Public Sector: Underdeveloped and Underused

4.      Accrual Accounting: Is it “all or nothing”?

5.      Duke University Launches a New Master’s Program in Public Financial Management

6.      Prioritizing PFM Reforms: A Robust and Functioning Accounting and Reporting System is a Prerequisite

7.      Compiling Government Finance Statistics (GFS) -- An IMF Fact Sheet

8.      New Online Public Debt Database

9.      PFM Studies: Why Not the Quartier Latin?

10.  Implementing a Financial Management Information System in a Fragile State Context – Afghanistan’s Successful Experience

Note: The posts on the IMF PFM Blog should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy.

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