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January 10, 2019

Top 10 PFM Blog Posts of 2018

Posted by Thibault Vermeulen, Richard Allen, and Teresa Curristine

2018 was another bumper year for the PFM blog, with 70 articles being published. Readership levels remained high, as did the rich diversity of our articles, authors and readers. Forty percent of the articles, and a similar proportion of the top 10 (including our number one), were written by external contributors from international organizations, the public sector, academia, and the private sector; which is higher than last year. Topics ranged widely, from digital innovations in public finance, to the usefulness of perception indicators of corruption, to fiscal rules and PFM in resource-rich countries, to why countries adopt accrual budgeting, to gender budgeting, to making public infrastructure more efficient, and more. Some of these topics are old perennials, others were breaking new ground and stretching the envelope of knowledge.

In the spirit of celebrating another successful year, the time has come to announce the Top Ten most popular blog posts of 2018.

The first placed post, with more than 900 hits, goes to Moritz Piatti-Fünfkirchen and Ali Hashim (both from the World Bank) and their article What We Can Learn from Tolstoy about Financial Management Information Systems. Honorable mention as runners-up goes to Sailendra Pattanayak and Richard Allen for their piece on the Fiscal Transparency Handbook and to Manal Fouad, Carolina Renteria and other contributors for their article on IMF updates to the PIMA Framework. It is worth mentioning that the pieces related to the PFM course (not counted in this ranking) were among the most visited pages this year.

Please find below the ranking of the most visited blog posts. Congratulations to those who made the list!

1. What We Can Learn from Tolstoy about FMIS by Moritz Piatti-Fünfkirchen and Ali Hashim



2. 2018 Fiscal Transparency Handbook by Richard Allen and Sailendra Pattanayak

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3. Strengthening Infrastructure Governance: IMF Updates PIMA Framework by Manal Fouad and Carolina Renteria (and other staff of the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department)



4. Reorganization of the Budget Directorate in Senegal (French translation here) by Bruno Imbert



5. The Political Economy of Public Financial Management by Benoit Taiclet

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6. The Budget Transparency Toolkit by Ronnie Downes

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7. Book Review: Governing PFM reforms by Jean Pierre Nguenang




8. Are European Auditors Moving Against Accrual Accounting? by Andy Wynne



9. The New Cash Basis IPSAS by Guohua Huang



10. Stocktake of PFM Diagnostic Tools by PEFA Secretariat



Thanks to all our blog authors for your great articles and to our readers for your continuing interest in PFM! May the contributions continue to flow during 2019!

[1] Richard Allen and Teresa Curristine are the Joint Editors of the PFM Blog. Thibault Vermeulen is a Division Coordinator in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department.

Note: The posts on the IMF PFM Blog should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy.


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