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PFMx

Public Financial Management (PFMx)

Apply online by March 4, 2023 Deadline extended

Session No.: OL 22.151

Location: Course conducted online

Date: May 1, 2022 - April 15, 2023 (50 weeks)

Primary Language: English

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    Target Audience

    All government officials and staff from development agencies. The course is particularly relevant for mid-level to senior officials in ministries of finance, treasuries, debt management offices, ministries of economy, or financial planning divisions in line ministries. It is also targeted at officials involved in capacity strengthening functions related to public financial management (PFM). If you are not a government official or staff from a development agency, please register at edX.org.

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    Qualifications

    The training is designed for participants who already have a basic understanding of PFM systems and builds on that knowledge at an intermediate level. Basic understanding of PFM systems would be helpful. Access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and a Google Chrome web browser is essential.

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    Course Description

    This online course, presented by the Fiscal Affairs Department, provides an overview of PFM systems, institutions, and capacity building in developing and emerging market economies. It focuses on PFM issues in support of macroeconomic stability, inclusive growth, achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and post-crisis recovery. The training covers a wide range of topics and treats PFM as an integrated system rather than a collection of specialties. As such, it focuses on PFM priorities, reform objectives and implementation risks. The course is built on conceptual and practical approaches, and includes testimonials from ministers of finance, practitioners, and other stakeholders from many countries.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Explain why PFM is an important tool to implement public policies.
    • Describe and analyze the budget cycle and its main components.
    • Describe a simple medium-term budget framework, a cash management plan, and a public investment management reform strategy.
    • Identify tools for the effective management of fiscal risks, components of fiscal transparency, reliable fiscal reports, and internal and external audits. 
    • Identify issues relevant to the prioritization and sequencing of PFM reforms, and the challenges faced in implementing such reforms.
    • Explain how civil society, public participation, and supreme audit institutions keep governments accountable.
    • Describe the role of local conditions and political institutions in designing and implementing reforms.
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