Jun 19

Past Event

Tools to Improve the Quality of Public Expenditures and the Role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Process

Summary

Over the past 30 years, the World Bank and IMF have developed a variety of tools to analyze public spending policies. With the development in low- and middle-income countries of democratic institutions and civil society organizations like think tanks and advocacy groups, we may soon be at a tipping point at which use of these tools along with domestic advocacy pushes countries to stronger reform agendas.

On June 19, the Transparency and Accountability Project (TAP) hosted a forum that brings these elements together. The forum begin with an overview of public expenditure issues and tools; with presentations by organizations of new work TAP has supported; and concluded with lessons and observations on how governments, donors and CSOs could work together to improve the quality of public spending. The forum included five panel discussions led by experts in this field. Thirteen civil society organizations doing this kind of analytical and advocacy work were be represented on the program and in the audience.

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Event Agenda

  • Introduction

    • David de Ferranti

      Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development

      Co-Drector, Transparency & Accountability Project

  • Moderators

    • David de Ferranti

      Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development

      Co-Drector, Transparency & Accountability Project

    • Doris Voorbraak

      Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, World Bank

    • James Brumby

      Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

    • Vinod Vyasulu

      Founder and Director, Center for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore, India

    • Kai Kaiser

      Senior Economist, World Bank

    • Charles Griffin

      Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development

      Co-Drector, Transparency & Accountability Project

  • Panelists

    • Anil Deolalikar

      Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside

    • Maureen Lewis

      Adviser, Human Development Vice Presidency, World Bank

    • Bill Savedoff

      Economist, Social Insight

    • Amanda Glassman

      Nonresident Fellow, Global Economy and Development

      Senior Social Sector Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

    • Vivek Ramkumar

      Program Manager, International Budget Project

  • Presenters

    • Anand Rajaram

      Sector Manager, Africa Public Sector Reform and Capacity, World Bank

    • Bill Dorotinsky

      Lead Public Sector Specialist, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

    • Ritva S. Reinikka

      Director Social & Economic Development Group, Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Office, World Bank

    • Mario Cuevas

      Director of Research in Finance and Social Development, National Center for Economic Research, Guatemala

    • Joseph Asunka

      Research and Program Officer, Center for Democratic Development, Ghana

    • Courtney Tolmie

      Program Associate, Results for Development

    • Betty Alvarado

      Research Associate, Research Center at the University of the Pacific, Peru

    • Fatmir Memaj

      President, Albanian Socio-Economic Think Tank

    • Chinyere Bun

      Research Associate, Results for Development

Details

June 19, 2008

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Stein Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

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