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January 06, 2021

Top 10 PFM Blog Posts of 2020

Top 10
Posted by Richard Allen, Teresa Curristine, and Laura Torrent[1]

2020 has been an exceptional year in many ways, not least for the PFM blog. There was a 45% increase in the number of blog articles posted in 2020, up from 76 the previous year to 110 in 2020. A little over half of the articles were on COVID-related themes. More than 220 authors contributed to these articles, of which 107 (48%) were from organizations outside the IMF, up from the 40% in 2019.

The readership levels have increased 34% over the last year. Many authors are now using LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media which is contributing to boost readership.

The pieces related to COVID-19 and PFM were among the most visited pages this year. The first placed post, with more than 7,500 hits, goes to O. Onyimadu Chukwuemeka for his article on “Nigeria’s Targeted Credit Facility for COVID–19”. The second-place winners are Sandeep Saxena and Michelle Stone for the article on “Preparing Public Financial Management Systems to Meet COVID-19 Challenges”. The third place goes to Manal Fouad, Gerd Schwartz, and Claude Wendling for their contribution “Do Whatever It Takes but Keep the Receipts—the PFM Challenges”.

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

  1. Nigeria’s Targeted Credit Facility for COVID–19 by Chukwuemeka O. Onyimadu
  2. Preparing Public Financial Management Systems to Meet COVID-19 Challenges by Sandeep Saxena and Michelle Stone
  3. “Do Whatever It Takes but Keep the Receipts”—the Public Financial Management Challenges by Manal Fouad, Gerd Schwartz and Claude Wendling
  4. What is the COVID-19 Crisis Impact on Public-Private Partnerships by Rui Monteiro and Ozlem Aydin Sakrak
  5. How Civil Society Can Make COVID-19 Responses More Transparent by Claude Wendling and Juan Pablo Guerrero

  6. PFM Solutions in India to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic by Alok Verma and Anupam Raj
  7. Fiscal Policies to Protect People During the Coronavirus Outbreak by Vitor Gaspar and Paolo Mauro
  8. COVID-19 Funds in Response to the Pandemic by Fazeer Rahim, Richard Allen, Hélène Barroy, Laura Gores and Joseph Kutzin
  9. COVID-19—Rethinking Treasury Business Continuity Plans by Emre Balibek
  10. How Oil-Dependent Countries can Respond to Coronavirus and the Oil Crash by Andrew Bauer and David Mihalyi

The highest placed non-COVID related piece was at No. 12:

  1. Policy-Based Budgeting: How to Spot the “Fakes” by Andrew Laing

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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 2021!


[1] Richard Allen and Teresa Curristine are the Joint Editors of the PFM Blog. Laura Torrent 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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