Evaluation of Public Financial Management Reform in Africa: “A Core Element for Effective and Sustainable Development”

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High-level Public Financial Management (PFM) experts from across Africa are meeting in Tunis this week for a two-day workshop (3 - 4 May 2011) to discuss how to evaluate public financial management reform in Africa.  The workshop, which is hosted by the African Development Bank's Operations Evaluation Department (OPEV), is part of the evaluation of PFM reform that the AfDB is undertaking jointly with Danish, Swedish and British Cooperation Agencies (DANIDA, SIDA and DFID).

The workshop was opened by Mr. Franck Perrault, ORWB Director, African Development Bank, who noted:  “This event is dedicated to ensuring that Africa has a voice in public financial management reform and the strengthening of country systems.  Using strengthened country systems is a key commitment in the Accra Agenda for Action and therefore it is important to learn about what has worked in public financial management reform, in the Africa context, and what has not worked”.

Discussions at the meeting are expected to help shape the next steps in the PFM evaluation, which are detailed case studies on Ghana, Burkina-Faso and Malawi.

The evaluation of Public Financial Management reform is being conducted in preparation for the Fourth High Level Summit on Aid Effectiveness, which will be held later this year in Busan, Korea.

A study that explores the relationship between donor support and PFM reform success is now available.

Workshop participants include PFM officials from African finance ministries, PFM experts from the World Bank, CABRI, AFDB, and DFID and evaluation experts from SIDA and DANIDA.