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August 14, 2012

Good PFM Practices in a Period of Global Adjustment: ICGFM Issues Call for Speakers at its Upcoming Conferences

Posted by David Nummy, ICGFM Vice-President for Programs

Five years after the beginnings of the global financial crisis, economic adjustments continue to take place throughout the world. ICGFM will explore both the proactive PFM measures that have taken place as well as the responses that have been undertaken to manage through this period of adjustment. This overall theme will frame the focus of both of its upcoming international conferences.  

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 10-12, 2012, and the 27th Annual International Conference in Miami from May 19-24, 2013.

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
  • Uses of international standards
  • 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 and effectiveness

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 16, 2012.

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.

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