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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Finance - man holding cash
Finance - man holding cash

A man holding a pile of cash.
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Budget Strengthening Initiative

April 2010 to March 2015
Edward Hedger; Alastair McKechnie; Tim Williamson; Samuel Moon; Lisa Denney; Emma Kidd; Ryan Flynn; Claire Leigh; Philipp Krause; Rebecca Simson; Simon Gill; Tove Strauss; Myra Bernardi; Cinzia Cimmino; Julian Tung; Brian Ames

The Budget Strengthening Initiative draws on expertise from across ODI and beyond to support fragile and conflict-affected states to build more effective, accountable and transparent budgets.

To find out more visit www.budgetstrengthening.org

Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure
Department for International Development (DFID)
Parliament in Accra
Parliament in Accra

Lawmakers meet during a session of Parliament in Accra
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European launch: Public financial management and its emerging architecture

Event - Public event - 4 September 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
​The last two decades have seen a wave of global innovations and reforms that have fundamentally altered the way public finances are managed. This event will launch a new book from the International Monetary Fund – Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture – that examines these fundamental changes.
Helen Tilley

Unblocking results in Tanzanian rural water supply

Opinion - Podcasts and audio - 14 August 2013

“When donors are investing in the [water] sector, they need to think beyond infrastructure – it’s not a matter of counting the number of pipes and pumps which need to be bought. You must look at the social structures and institutional setups that need to be in place…to deliver the services that are actually required.”

ODI research on how governance constraints can undermine the effective delivery of public services in developing countries identified a number of ways aid can help to ‘unblock results’ and get services flowing.

Hands at the tap
Hands at the tap

Several hands cup the water flowing from a tap
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Credit: Julius Mwelu/IRIN
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Unblocking results: can aid get public services flowing?

Event - Public event - 3 June 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))

This event will explore the findings and policy implications of the latest ODI research on how aid can be best packaged to support governance and institutional development. The research draws on case studies in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

Special fiscal institutions for resource-rich developing economies

Publication - Research reports and studies - 15 May 2013
Natasha Sharma and Tove Strauss
This paper considers the options available for resource-rich developing countries when deciding whether to implement special fiscal institutions to address some of the challenges of managing natural resource wealth.

Linking public financial management dimensions to development priorities

Publication - Discussion papers - 15 May 2013
This paper outlines theoretical and empirical links between public financial management (PFM) functions and development objectives in the context of very low capacity environments. It outlines a list of possible capacity substitution and supplementation options that could support PFM reform in such contexts.

The origins of modern finance ministries: an evolutionary account based on the history of Britain and Germany

Publication - Discussion papers - 15 May 2013
This paper investigates the origins and drivers of fiscal institutions by studying the history of finance ministries. It argues that finance ministries have their origins in early modern Europe, where they served as agents of spending control to support inter-state warfare. This legacy still shapes the fiscal institutions of today.

Managing natural resource revenues: the Timor-Leste Petroleum Fund

Publication - Research reports and studies - 12 April 2013
Alastair McKechnie
This note looks at the Timor-Lest Petroleum Fund, a sovereign wealth fund for managing natural resources. This research draws lessons from the Timor-Leste experience useful for governments facing similar natural resource management challenges.
Philipp Krause

What does debt mean for governance?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 25 January 2013
'More effective governments are able to borrow more, and many do. Some that could, don’t. But hardly any governments that lack the corresponding level of effectiveness get away with high levels of debt.'
Philipp Krause

Of institutions and butterflies

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 3 December 2012
'Institutional ventriloquism worsens capability traps because it keeps states from developing the autonomous capability to adapt and change. For states that are able to adapt and change on their own, isomorphic mimicry isn’t a problem.'

Measuring good pooled funds in fragile states

Publication - Research reports and studies - 15 November 2012
Erin Coppin
This paper introduces an experimental methodology for an index that captures the performance of pooled funds in fragile states across the Paris Declaration principles: ownership, alignment, harmonisation, delivery of results, and mutual accountability.
Ryan Flynn

Interview with Economic Advisor to the President of South Sudan

Opinion - Podcasts and audio - 17 October 2012
‘Before the shutdown in oil production the [Government of South Sudan] was already very disturbed about the pattern of expenditure related to the implementation of government programmes…the shutdown fast-tracked measures to [implement] proper fiscal discipline.’

Common constraints and incentive problems in service delivery

Publication - Discussion papers - 29 August 2012
There is growing recognition that, despite significant increases in resourcing, public service delivery is still failing in many developing countries. This review explores the existing evidence base in three sectors (education, health, water and sanitation) across multiple countries. The review points to a set of five common political economy constraints and incentive problems that affect levels of performance.
Philipp Krause

The sequencing debate is over… or is it?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 17 August 2012
'There seems to be an emerging consensus that advanced budget reforms should not be attempted in developing countries before budgetary basics have been soundly established. In many countries, this may well mean a focus on budgetary basics for the foreseeable future, consigning more advanced techniques to the inbox of another generation of budget officials.'
Philipp Krause

Laws, what are they good for?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 14 August 2012
'The purpose of comprehensive legal reform in a fragile state actually begins to look a lot like it would in any other country. It is a means to consolidate and lock in a lengthy reform process, once everyone involved is reasonably secure about the new rules.'
Magnifying glass
Magnifying glass

Holding a magnifying glass to a field
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Developments in public finance: evidence, theory and practice

Event - Public event - 20 June - 31 December 2012

This event series delivered by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) explored pertinent issues in public finance in developing countries and fragile states. By convening a range of specialists – including researchers, policy-makers and practitioners – the series aimed to share evidence, ideas and innovations to spur improvements in practice and to drive forward the research agenda.

For more information about the series and to register interest in future seminars, please contact Rebecca Simson (r.simson@odi.org.uk).

UKAid - DFID Logistics Officer helps to load a pallet of humanitarian aid to Pakistan
UKAid - DFID Logistics Officer helps to load a pallet of humanitarian aid to Pakistan

A DFID (Department for International Development) Logistics Officer helps to load a pallet of humanitarian aid to Pakistan onboard a C-17 aircraft, following devastating floods in the country in 2010. The tents were provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) which deals with global relief and development on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government.
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A new aid deal for fragile states?

Event - Public event - 10 October 2011 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))

This event will consider whether a new aid deal is needed for fragile states and what this deal might look like, bringing together a range of views from civil society, the research community and fragile states themselves.

Marcus Manuel

Ten steps to improve IMF performance in fragile states

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 9 March 2011
Over the last ten years there has been a quiet revolution in how the International Monetary Fund (IMF) operates in the poorest countries. IMF conditionalities have eased and are increasingly focused on good financial governance. And its macroeconomic frameworks are more accommodating to governments’ long-term development plans.

Accelerating the transition out of fragility - the role of finance and public financial management reform

Event - Conference - 15 - 16 November 2010

This is the sixth in a series of annual conferences on development finance and public financial management reform organised by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at ODI.  The conference will focus on the practical and policy aspects of how to use finance to support fragile states in their transition out of fragility and the associated implications for public financial management. The conference is being organised jointly with the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department.