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March 29, 2021

Some Lessons from Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index

Transparency International 2020
Posted by Celeste Kubasta and Claude Wendling[1]

Transparency International released on January 28, 2021 the latest edition of its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Created in 1995, the CPI scores and ranks countries or territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be by experts and business executives. The existing methodology has been in place since 2012 and relies on a composite index which combines 13 surveys and assessments of corruption.

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March 22, 2021

When It Rains, It Pours: Tools for Fiscal Risk Management in Africa

Covid
Posted by Bryn Battersby and Camilo Gomez Osorio[1]

The saying “when it rain, it pours” could not be more representative of the challenges of fiscal risk management in 2020. COVID-19 has caused a deep macro-fiscal shock for many countries and has triggered unforeseen exposures to public finances. The pandemic has been particularly challenging for many low-income developing countries, which already had limited fiscal space to respond forcefully to large shocks before the crisis began. COVID-19 continues to create considerable uncertainty around the economic and fiscal outlook and raises the possibility of new and serious contingent liability realizations.

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March 15, 2021

PFM and Climate Change – Death by a Thousand Diagnostics

PFM and Climate Change
Posted by Bryn Welham and Mark Miller[1]

PFM diagnostics have become a growth business in recent years. The PEFA assessment is perhaps the most widely known, but it is certainly not alone. A 2018 PEFA stocktake identified 45 different PFM diagnostic tools. Diagnostics are also increasingly being set up for individual sectors and policy challenges. A recent ODI report identified seven diagnostic frameworks in the health sector alone.

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March 11, 2021

Buying Fast & Open: Lessons Learned from Ecuador in Combating Corruption and Covid-19

Lessons Learned from Ecuador in Combating Corruption and Covid-19_
Posted by Lindsey Marchessault[1]

COVID-19 has put unprecedented strain on our economies and public finances. More than 80 countries have applied for rapid financing from the IMF to help meet the challenge of reduced revenues and increased need for public services. To ensure that the funds are put to good use and deliver value for money, more than 40 governments have committed to increasing procurement transparency and oversight of their emergency spending.

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March 08, 2021

PFM Blog Celebrates the International Women’s Day

International Women's Day
Posted by Teresa Curristine and Richard Allen[1]

International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the achievements of women worldwide, while calling for action to advance gender equality globally.  We are reminded today that the COVID crisis has widened existing inequalities and disproportionately impacted women. Reflecting these challenges, the theme of this year’s IWD is Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World. This celebrates the role and hard work of women during the crisis but also calls for action to address its impact on women.

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March 05, 2021

Engendering the Recovery: Budgeting with Women

Women in mind
By Antoinette SayehJiro HondaCarolina RenteriaVincent Tang

Article originally posted on the IMF Blog - https://blogs.imf.org/2021/03/05/engendering-the-recovery-budgeting-with-women-in-mind/

International Women’s Day, March 8, marks a year from the start of widespread lockdowns in response to COVID-19. As an IMF blog warned back in July, women have borne the economic and social brunt of the pandemic. With many governments preparing budgets for the next fiscal year, we now have a golden opportunity to counter this inequity. We offer a starter kit for gender budgeting to help countries focus resources on women, and ensure future budgets are better for them than previous ones.

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March 01, 2021

Pakistan’s PFM Act 2019 One Year On

Pakistan’s PFM Act 2019 One Year On
Posted by Muhammad Afnan Alam[1]

Pakistan's legal and institutional framework for PFM is evolving. However, substantial gaps arise between projected and actual expenditures and revenues, thus reducing the predictability of the budget and necessitating in-year adjustments in budgetary appropriations. Many other weaknesses in the PFM system still exist and its overall performance is suboptimal by international standards.

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