Holger van Eden is Deputy Division Chief in the Fiscal Affairs Department’s PFM 2 Division. He has worked extensively with Ministries of Finance in Eastern Europe, China and the Caribbean. His areas of focus are budget preparation, institutional restructuring, budget law, and government cash management. Holger has worked as a team leader and project coordinator in international consultancy firms, as an economic journalist and editor, and as a financial consultant for a global accounting firm. He started his career in the Dutch Ministry of Finance.
Richard Allen is a consultant with the IMF, and a Senior Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute in London. He was Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department until December 2009. Before joining the IMF he was a senior official at the UK Treasury, the OECD’s SIGMA program, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, and a board member of the European Investment Bank. He has advised governments in 60 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on PFM topics. He is the co-editor of The International Handbook of Public Financial Management, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and the author of many other books and articles of fiscal issues.
HISTORY OF THE BLOG
The PFM Blog was founded in 2008 by Michel Lazare and Bill Dorotinsky. The purpose of the Blog is to disseminate information and views on PFM topics as seen from the IMF. The contribution of articles from experts outside the IMF, however, is also strongly encouraged. The articles represent the views of the authors themselves, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the IMF, its Board of Directors or the governments they represent.
REGULAR BLOG AUTHORS
Many of the articles in the Blog are written by IMF staff, especially the staff of the two PFM divisions in the Fiscal Affairs Department. The PFM divisions provide technical assistance to the member countries of the IMF on topics that include macro-fiscal forecasting, medium-term expenditure frameworks, spending reviews, budget planning, program budgeting, budget execution, cash management and debt management, internal control, fiscal reporting, financial management information systems, and the organization of finance ministries. They also advise countries on the design and sequencing of their PFM reform programs. The divisions work in close cooperation with the country teams located in the IMF’s area departments. Staff of the divisions participate in workshops and training events on PFM and other fiscal topics; backstop the work of the more than  PFM advisors who are posted in the IMF’s technical assistance centers (RTACs) around the world or as experts in individual countries; and prepare working papers, technical notes and other research papers on PFM topics.
The staff of the PFM divisions come from more than  countries and have a wide range of experience. Many of them have worked in their national governments, often in finance ministries, before joining the IMF.