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Program brief: Key capacity needs in public financial management

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This program brief describes the training needs assessment, training program design and implementation for reforming Myanmar’s public financial management, conducted by The Asia Foundation, VNG International, and CESD.

It provides observations from the needs assessment and training sessions, and highlights key capacity needs in public financial management at the state and region level. It concludes with recommendations for continuing approaches on public financial management reform.

Paper - TAF CESD - PFM - Oct 2014_Page_1Abstract: In recent years, Myanmar has undertaken political and economic reforms with major implications for public financial management (PFM). Decentralization represents an immense change from the existing system, in which budget deficits are covered by the national or the Union level, to a system in which the country’s 14 state and region governments must prioritize and balance expenditure with their own limited revenues. Such a significant shift requires not only technical capacity but also a change in mind-set of those involved in budgeting and planning at the subnational level. This program brief describes the training needs assessment, training program design and implementation, highlights key capacity needs in PFM at the state and region level, and outlines relevant recommendations for continuing approaches on PFM reform.

Publication name: Public Financial Management in Myanmar. Observations from training needs assessment and pilot trainings conducted by The Asia Foundation, VNG International, and Myanmar Development Resource Institute’s Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD).

Author: The Asia Foundation

Supported by: The Asia Foundation, VNG International, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Publication date: October 2014

Language: English

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