This three-day professional development workshop provides an excellent foundation for evolving strategies for narrowing the corruption space in the practice of public finance management (PFM). The losses due to the presence of “ghosts” on the payroll can lead to losses of as high as 40% of wages and salaries and is typically 5% to 10%. Losses due to public procurement and abuses to tax collection mean substantial public finance losses to many countries that desperately need resources to meet their development goals. It is designed principally for non PFM professionals who are involved in policy work, sector programmes, or have management responsibilities in government ministries, departments and agencies. It has been designed specifically with the developing country context in mind.
Dates: 03 - 05 Dec 2012
18 - 20 Mar 2013
Duration: 3 days
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Price: 1500 US$
Corruption is wide spread in the public finance management systems of a number of developing countries. This phenomenon may be written of as indicative of moral or cultural deficiencies. But pursuing that rationale does not lead to productive ways of curbing corruption. In practice, many developing countries experience corruption principally in the areas of revenue management and public procurement – both areas where the public sector interfaces with the private sector.
The incidence of corruption increases with the levels of opportunity and discretion of public officials and decreases with the transparency of public finance procedures, the effectiveness and application of sanctions and also the capacity of the professional cadres. These findings point to ways for effectively narrowing the corruption space.
The course covers a broad scope of areas and mechanisms of abuse including:
The course also considers the political economy dynamics that can further contribute to corrupt practice.
By the end of the course participants should:
The target audience is Government officials and Development advisors whose work is involved in public finance management in developing countries, or for investors wishing to operate in developing countries.