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September 06, 2013

PFM Innovations: ICGFM Issues Call for Speakers at its Upcoming Conferences

Posted by David Nummy, ICGFM Vice-President for Programs

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One outcome of the global financial crisis has been recognition that Public Financial Management is critical to management of the fallout as well as to prevent future crises.   With greater attention, new approaches to the core elements of the PFM cycle have been employed and interest has grown in the experience of countries around the world in meeting the challenges of effectively managing resources in a manner that is transparent.   ICGFM will explore the innovations in PFM that have emerged as well as practices that are recognized as effective.

The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) has issued a call for speakers, panels, and presentations that address good practices in public financial management. As this topic will cover both of its upcoming conferences, proposals are solicited for both the winter conference in Washington, DC from December 9-11, 2013, and the 28th Annual International Training Conference in Miami in May 2014.  The Winter Conference will be held at the International Monetary Fund and is conducted in partnership with the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD).

ICGFM conferences have proven to be a highly regarded forum to share experiences between PFM professionals and learn from leading experts.    The organization is unique in that its membership represents the complete PFM cycle, from planning to audit.   The most recent International Conference had participants from over 40 countries.

Examples of themes that might be the subject of proposals include:

  • Innovative approaches to managing resources including performance and results
  • Emerging international standards and guidelines
  • Addressing the human resources aspect of public financial management
  • Methods of accountability including internal and external audit and social media
  • Country case studies
  • Expanding the use of E-Government to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency

An expert panel will review all proposals and select the most pertinent and thought-provoking of them for inclusion in the conference programs.   The top proposal presenters from the public and non-profit sector will be awarded a stipend that can be used toward the cost of travel and hotel expenses and given an opportunity to publish their case studies in the ICGFM Journal.

PFM professionals wishing to submit proposals can seek more information at www.icgfm.org and proposal submission should be sent to icgfm.proposals@icgfm.org . The deadline for submission for the winter conference is September 14, 2013.

The ICGFM is a non-profit group established in the 1960s by the IMF, World Bank, the US General Accounting Office and others to serve as forum for those interested in public financial management around the world, and to serve as an umbrella for government, academia, practitioners, individuals, and other associations interested in public financial management. The organization has a number of activities including a monthly lunch speaker series in Washington, DC, an annual conference in Miami and a somewhat smaller winter conference in Washington, DC. It also publishes the International Journal on Public Financial Management.

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