The Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management Course exposes public sector finance officers and budget official from developing and transition countries to the latest developments in budgeting and fiscal management.
Dates: August 13 – 24, 2018
Application deadline: July 13, 2018
Late application deadline: August 3, 2018
Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management exposes public sector finance officers and budget officials from developing and transitional countries to the latest developments in budgeting and fiscal management.
Public budgeting and fiscal management are becoming increasingly important fiscal tools in the public sector. The introduction of modern fiscal management techniques at all levels of government is needed to ensure that the three objectives of expenditure management (aggregate fiscal discipline, expenditure prioritization, and operational efficiency) are achieved.
A number of global trends are emerging in fiscal management, including placement of the budget process in the context of a medium term budget strategy, the devolution of budget responsibilities to line agencies, and the introduction of performance-based budget techniques. In addition, budget analysis tools are becoming increasingly important in assuring the efficient allocation of public resources; among others, these tools include public expenditure reviews and performance-based assessments, fiscal architecture analysis, and fiscal incidence analysis. Policy experts at the Andrew Young School Program have been at the forefront of developing such budget analysis tools, and have worked extensively in guiding budgeting reforms in transitional and developing economies around the world.
In this course, topic-driven lectures, seminars and roundtable discussions will be supplemented by site-visits and workshops in which participants receive hands-on training in applying the latest financial management tools and techniques. Participants apply principles learned in the course to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own budget systems and begin to develop proposals for strengthening budgets and budget processes in their home governments.
Participants need no previous formal education in economics or public administration, but the program is designed to be most useful for budget practitioners and policymakers from central, regional and local governments, as well as donor agency program managers from developing and transitional countries. Participants do not need any previous experience with computers. This course is taught in English.
If you have any questions regarding the content of this course, please do not hesitate to contact the Course Coordinator, Paul Benson (email@example.com)
Dates: August 13 – 24, 2018
- Principles of planning and budgeting
- Criteria for good planning and budgeting
- Performance based budgeting techniques
- Gender responsive budgeting
- Revenue forecasting techniques
- Integrating a medium term expenditure framework and budgeting
- Decision tools for budget formulation
- Capital investment programming and budgeting
- Financing budget deficits
- Fiscal policy and fiscal architecture
- Financial management systems and e-procurement
- Financial results auditing
- Developing proposals for budgeting reforms
Tuition for the two-week fiscal decentralization, local governance, and service delivery course is $5,900. The tuition fee includes all training-related costs, including instruction, course materials, single-occupancy lodging accommodations, local transportation and cultural activities. However, the course tuition does not include airfare to/from Atlanta, health insurance, meals, or other incidental expenses. The estimated cost for meals and incidental expenses for Atlanta is $56 per day.
Participants are typically funded by their government (e.g., Ministry of Finance) or through bilateral or multilateral development agencies. The participant is responsible for securing a commitment for funding before submitting the application. Examples of multilateral development agencies are the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Follow this link for additional information regarding funding opportunities.
The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. The Andrew Young School makes hotel reservations on behalf of participants and room charges are included in the course tuition fee. Participants are generally assigned single-occupancy rooms with complimentary wireless high-speed internet access.
A number of field trips and outings are planned for course participants providing an opportunity to interact with each other and with program instructors outside the classroom while providing participants with a taste of local history and culture. These extracurricular activities include visits to relevant places of interest around the city of Atlanta. Transportation and entrance tickets are included in the tuition fee. Each participant will be provided with a CityPASS. With a CityPASS you can be admitted, free of charge, to the following attractions:
The Georgia Aquarium -located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park- is the world’s largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe.
Tour the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and visit the eateries and specialty stores. Guided tours are available through the CNN Studios in Atlanta.
See, hear and taste the magical story of Coca-Cola – the world’s most popular soft-drink – at World of Coca-Cola. It’s a truly unique experience that lets you celebrate the history, as well as sample the future of this incredible soft drink legend.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Amicalola Falls State Park and hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Georgia, Amicalola Falls. The enormous waterfall drops over 730 feet, cascading in multiple tiers of white water from a towering cliff in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest.
What’s more, participants will be taken on shopping excursions to some of Atlanta’s best outlet shopping malls. The Tanger Outlets and Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta are home to many brand name stores that sell at reduced prices.
Note that due to the length of time needed for the U.S. Government to process visas, it is highly recommended that you submit your training program application as soon as possible. Once your training program application is received, Georgia State University will be able to provide supporting documentation for the visa application process.
Cancellations made more than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed 60% of the total fee. This withholding is to cover the cost of the penalty fee paid to the hotel for cancelling the room and the costs incurred for the purchase training supplies.
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course up to 30 days before the beginning of the course based on projected participation.