Advancing Fiscal Transparency for Development : The GIFT Online Course is Now Live!


We are thrilled to announce that the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency’s (GIFT) Advancing Fiscal Transparency for Development free online course is now live and publicly available!

Learn all about the ins and outs of advancing sustainable fiscal transparency and how it can help achieve good development outcomes, a first in the field! Developed with support from the United States’ Department of State, this self-paced course is available in English and French and provides a great free open access resource for anyone who would like to learn more about building open and accountable public financial management (PFM) systems.

The course is perfect for ministry of finance officials, as well as other practitioners in government, civil society, legislature finance committees, supreme audit institutions, donor representatives, and indeed, any member of the public who wants to understand how they can contribute to, and benefit from transparency in the use of public resources. Advancing fiscal transparency for development is truly a global effort, so everyone is invited to join!

Learn from fiscal transparency experts and champions

Throughout the course, participants are walked through key concepts, international norms and standards, and the practical steps that can be taken towards achieving improved fiscal transparency by members of the GIFT Team, and practitioners and experts from GIFT network organizations such as the International Budget Partnership, the IMF, the PEFA Secretariat, the OECD, the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI), and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), among others.

Providing opportunities for peer-learning, the course presents numerous examples of concrete steps that countries have taken to successfully increase fiscal transparency. Participants get a unique chance to listen to testimonials directly from reform champions such as the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati; the Deputy Finance Minister of Georgia, Nikoloz Gagua; the former Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management of the Philippines, Florencio Abad; the former Deputy Finance Minister of Guatemala, Ricardo Barrientos; and senior officials from the South African National Treasury. The course also highlights experiences from key stakeholders outside the Ministry of Finance, including testimonials from Martin Masinde, Senior Deputy Director in Kenya’s Parliamentary Budget Office; Nelson Shack Yalta, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru; and civil society representatives from several countries.

The course is divided into five modules, including interactive discussion sessions, with videos explaining theoretical concepts, country field examples, downloadable summary documents for better learning, and links to a range of reference materials on fiscal transparency and good governance.  

What have graduates said about their course experience?

The course was piloted from September 2021 to March 2022 and received great reviews. Graduates highly recommend the course noting that it is well-organized, and easy to follow. Learning objectives as well as expectations were overwhelmingly met.

Sign up and get your certificate

Take this unique opportunity to listen to, learn from, and engage directly with fiscal transparency champions. Go to and sign up to the course now!

With the course’s self-paced design, all you really need is a little bit of inspiration and 30 to 40 hours of available time, set on your own schedule.

Enroll now, enjoy the course, and get your certificate!

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