The PEFA Secretariat, with the support of the PEFA Partners, is delighted to invite you to attend the 2016 PEFA Conference and Training to be held from April 26 to 29, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.
PEFA SUCCESS STORY: PEFA methodology is helping Teresina Municipal Government (PMT) to identify opportunities to improve Public Financial Management such as the adoption of an integrated budget and financial system. PMT methodology was applied in 2005 and in 2015 is performing a repeated evaluation.
Mobilizing finance is one side of the development coin. Effective, efficient and accountable use of those funds is the other. The side event to the International Conference on Financing for Development held at the Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa, sought to emphasize the importance of improving public expenditure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability as a means to improve policy implementation and facilitate achievement of SDGs. Improving public sector efficiency by 10 percent could release $250 billion for the development challenge.
The PEFA Secretariat completed its regular six-monthly review of confirmed PEFA reports in December 2014 and also a first quarterly update of PEFA report activity for 2015. The cumulative number of assessments completed to at least a draft stage as of December 2014, was 398, and as of the end of March 2015, 418. Between June 2014 and December 2014, 21 assessments were completed to at least a draft stage. Nearly the same number (19) has been completed in the first quarter of 2015. Results for 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 are discussed in further detail below.
Macedonia will conduct a PEFA assessment in 2015, including assessment of 9 indicators from the 2015 testing version. As part of preparatory activities, Lewis Hawke, Head of the PEFA Secretariat, provided a one day introductory training course on PEFA methodology and transition to the upgraded framework.
Kuwait has decided to use the upgraded PEFA testing version, in cooperation with the World Bank and the PEFA Secretariat. His Excellency, Khalifa Hamada, Kuwait’s Undersecretary for Finance said, “We have been examining the PEFA methodology for some time and consider that the upgraded version is most suited to our needs as part of our PFM strengthening initiative. It will also be useful for monitoring progress against our PFM goals.”
Following the public consultation on the draft upgraded PEFA indicator set, the PEFA Partners are pleased to release a version of the entire upgraded PFM Performance Measurement Framework for use in testing at country level.
How well do PFM projects perform? Could things be done better? How can you know? To help answer these and other challenging questions, Lewis Hawke, Head of the PEFA Secretariat, participated in a workshop on impact evaluation in governance and justice. The workshop was hosted by the ieGovern program (a collaboration between the World Bank and UKAID) in Istanbul, Turkey between 27-30 January 2015.