January 10, 2022

UNDP Guidance Note on Budgeting for Climate Change

 

UNDP

Posted by Asif Shah[1]

As countries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic shock, there are growing calls to build greener budgets that help accelerate the transition to net zero-carbon economies.

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January 05, 2022

Government Accounting for Effective Decision Making

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Posted by Julie Cooper[1]

 

Governments that adopt cash-basis reporting should not limit the recording of actual transactions to when only cash is received or paid. The International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) cash-basis mandates all cash receipts and payments to be reported in General Purpose Financial Reports (GPFRs). It also encourages disclosures on payables, borrowings, receivables, and property plant and equipment as useful information for users of these reports. However, information on receipts and payment is insufficient for effective control and decision-making over the allocation and use of scarce resources.

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January 03, 2022

Top 10 PFM Blog Posts of 2021

Top 10 blogs
Posted by Richard Allen, Teresa Curristine, Holger van Eden, and Laura Torrent[1]

The persistence of COVID-19 and its variants in 2021 has posed many challenges to PFM, many of which have been covered in the PFM blog.

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December 23, 2021

Legal Foundations of Public Debt Transparency: Aligning the Law with Good Practices

Dec 23

Posted by Karla Vasquez Suarez[1], Kika Alex-Okoh[2] and Genesis Leal Pardo[3]

Debt transparency is fundamental to promoting sustainable borrowing and lending practices and to lowering borrowing costs by reducing uncertainty for investors and supporting market confidence. Debt transparency also enables effective fiscal management by providing a complete representation of government’s outstanding debt and contingent liabilities. It informs debt restructuring processes and supports accountability for the use of public resources. While there have been advances in this field across countries (e.g., strengthened reporting of debt management operations and broadened scope of public debt data disclosure beyond the central government), critical gaps remain (e.g., disclosure of contingent liabilities, lack of public debt audits, fragmentation responsibilities and uncoordinated institutional arrangements for public debt monitoring and reporting). Importantly, the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing debt vulnerabilities, particularly in low-income and developing countries, increasing the urgency to strengthen debt transparency.

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December 22, 2021

Strengthening Governance for Climate-Responsive Public Investment

Pima

Posted by Nicoletta Feruglio, Manal Fouad, and Suphachol Suphachalasai[1]

Massive infrastructure investment is needed globally to tackle climate change. Climate-responsive infrastructure will help to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make economies more resilient to climate-related risks.

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December 20, 2021

Verifying the Receipts

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Posted by Laura Gores, Xavier Rame, and Carolina Renteria[1]

In October 1977, the Lima Declaration of Guidelines on Auditing Precepts adopted by the IX International Congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) made a strong linkage between audit and trust. The Declaration states that “the concept and establishment of audit is inherent in public financial administration as the management of public funds represents a trust.“ Forty-four years later, SAIs in many countries have made progress but still face challenges in playing a meaningful role as watchdogs of the transparency and accountability of public finances. Some recent reports highlight these challenges.[2]

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December 13, 2021

Digital Public Infrastructure, Platforms and Public Finance

DPI Platforms
Posted by Cathal Long[1]

A new Co-Develop report from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Digital Public Goods Alliance, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation makes a compelling case for greater international cooperation and investment in Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI).

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December 08, 2021

Budget Documents: from Compliance to Communication

But are you communicating
Posted by Greg Rosenberg[1]

This blog is based on a presentation delivered to the Public Expenditure Management Peer Assisted Learning (PEMPAL) group of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in October 2021.

National budget documents provide an excellent platform for governments to communicate fiscal policy, outline choices and trade-offs, and promote accountability in public finances.

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December 06, 2021

The Crucial Role of Fiscal Policy in Averting Environmental Catastrophe

Book cover on environmental governance and green fiscal policy
Posted by Murray Petrie and Richard Allen[1]

In a new book, ‘Environmental Governance and Greening Fiscal Policy’, published recently by Palgrave Macmillan, Murray Petrie addresses the increasingly urgent question: ‘How can governments be held more accountable for environmental stewardship?’

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November 29, 2021

Why the World Needs to Invest in Female Climate Entrepreneurs

Female climate entrepreneurs
Posted by Talal Rafi[1]

Repost from the World Economic Forum.

Women are more affected by climate change than men, and yet innovation and entrepreneurship in this area is male-dominated.

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