Making Fiscal Space Happen : Managing Fiscal Policy in a World of Scaled-Up Aid

Author/Editor:

Xavier Debrun ; Peter S. Heller ; Theo Thomas ; Menachem Katz ; Isabell Adenauer ; Taline Koranchelian

Publication Date:

December 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Debt relief and the scaling up of aid to low-income countries should allow for greater fiscal space for expenditure programs to create long-term growth and lower poverty rates. But designing a suitable medium-term fiscal framework that fosters a sustainable delivery of better public services and infrastructure while maintaining a credible commitment to fiscal prudence confronts many challenges. This paper discusses what low-income countries can do to shape fiscal policy frameworks that are ambitious in trying to absorb additional aid while still ensuring longer-term sustainability for government expenditure programs and finances. It suggests what approaches can be used to manage the greater fiscal policy risks associated with a scaled-up aid environment, including coordination with monetary policy. The paper also discusses what institutional changes are needed if donors and countries are to facilitate the implementation of a higher level of aid-financed spending programs.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/270

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451865301/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006270

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

53

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