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August 26, 2011

PFM in the 21st Century: ICGFM issues Call for Speakers at its Upcoming Conferences

Posted by David Nummy[1]

PFM has evolved significantly over the last 15 years to meet greater demands for accountability and transparency, and to manage public finances through unprecedented economic changes and crises. The International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM) will explore this evolution during its next two international conferences, the Winter Conference in Washington, DC, from December 5–7, 2011, and the annual conference in Miami from April 29–May 4, 2012.  The theme of the Winter Conference, PFM in the 21st Century: Modern PFM Institutions, will build on an upcoming book that the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF has been developing during the last year. 

ICGFM solicits proposals for speakers/panels/papers that address the methodologies, tools, technologies that define modern PFM and how it is addressing the challenges faced by governments to be more responsive, open, and better managers of public resources. As this topic will cover both of its upcoming conferences, proposals are solicited for both the winter conference in Washington, DC and the annual conference in Miami.  

Examples of themes that might be the subject of proposals include: 
  • New methods of communicating budget information, including through social media
  • New standards of accounting and reporting
  • New approaches to using performance in PFM and performance informed resource allocation 
  • Modern PFM institutions such fiscal councils and fiscal responsibility laws
  • Country case studies of modern PFM
  • New approaches to accountability
  • Independent Accountability Institutions
  • Risk management as an element of PFM
  • Managing beyond the current budget year

An expert panel will review all proposals and select the most pertinent and thought-provoking of them for inclusion in the conference programs. A stipend will be provided toward travel expenses of the selected presenters, who will also be 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 16, 2011.

It is intended that the participants in the conference and those who follow the published proceedings will gain insights into the innovations that are taking place in transparency and accountability as well as tools that are being employed to manage through the fiscal challenges that have resulted from the worldwide financial crisis and the ongoing need to retrench.

The ICGFM (www.icgfm.org) 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.

[1] David Nummy is a member of the ICGFM Programs Committee.

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