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.
Former Brookings Expert
Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, World Bank
Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
Founder and Director, Center for Budget and Policy Studies, Bangalore, India
Senior Economist, World Bank
Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside
Adviser, Human Development Vice Presidency, World Bank
Economist, Social Insight
Program Manager, International Budget Project
Sector Manager, Africa Public Sector Reform and Capacity, World Bank
Lead Public Sector Specialist, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
Director Social & Economic Development Group, Middle East and Northern Africa Regional Office, World Bank
Director of Research in Finance and Social Development, National Center for Economic Research, Guatemala
Former Research and Program Officer
Research Associate, Research Center at the University of the Pacific, Peru
President, Albanian Socio-Economic Think Tank
Research Associate, Results for Development
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Homi Kharas delivered the keynote address at IFPRI’s annual staff retreat on September 12, 2018. He explored the evolving development agenda and its implications for policy research.