Public Expenditure Management

Public Expenditure Management

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This course is about innovative ideas in the management of the resources available in our countries. It is intended to help build capacity in creatively applying the scarce resources to meet the increasing needs of the people for economic growth and development. The thinking behind this programme is that Africa faces enormous challenges in addressing poverty in the face of dwindling resources and therefore needs to be innovative in applying the resources available. It will be devoted to analyzing case studies and best practices available that show how others have innovatively applied scarce resources to address their problems. Who is the course for?

This course would also be of interest to those already working in public sector management or simply looking for a better understanding of contemporary financial issues. Course Schedule

Day One:

Innovations in financing public sector projects

Public expenditure management reforms

Understanding financial statements: an examination of the information contained in common accounting terms.

Fiscal imbalances: causes and consequences

Day Two:

Understanding public sector spending: how governments spend public money to implement public policies and execute programmes and projects

Planning and budgeting: an analysis of how public expenditure decisions are made

Case studies on innovations in Public Expenditure Management (PEM)

Participatory approaches to budgeting

Day Three:

Evaluating public expenditures: understanding the effect of public spending decisions

Activity based costing and cost management

Fiscal devolution

Day Four:

Performance based budgeting

The role of ICT in PEM

Auditing and accountability: exploring the concept of accountability and explaining the importance of corporate governance in ensuring government accountability

Understanding public governance: exploring how the crisis of public administration has led to financial disaster in cities like Detroit

Day Five:

Cutting expenditures and the austerity agenda: how government austerity policies are used to reduce government activity

Common sources of public revenues, including inter-governmental transfers, and alternative sources used by governments across the world

Taxation: an exploration of the advantages and disadvantages of taxation, custom duties and fees, and their uses, from behavioural change to stimulating business activity


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