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Public Financial Accountability at the Local Level : The role of PFM in Service Delivery and Accountability. Rama Krishnan, Senior Financial Management Specialist, The World Bank, Washington DC. Service Delivery and Accountability.

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Public Financial Accountability at the Local Level: The role of PFM in Service Delivery and Accountability

Rama Krishnan,

Senior Financial Management Specialist,

The World Bank, Washington DC

service delivery and accountability
Service Delivery and Accountability

Service Delivery is a key priority for all Governments – public goods, market failures

Increased public spending does not result in service improvements

Accountability in Public spending is necessary to achieve service delivery outcomes

Conceptualizing the service delivery and accountability relationship – WDR 2004 – long and short routes to accountability

accountability in service delivery the wdr 2004 model
Accountability in Service Delivery: the WDR 2004 Model

Long and Short Routes to Accountability

accountability and service delivery the institutional dimension
Accountability and Service Delivery: the institutional dimension
  • Strengthening institutional relationships among key actors is key to enhancing accountability
  • Decentralization and local governance is a critical reform that reinforces accountability relationships in service delivery
  • Local Governments are best suited to fulfill the accountability relationships in service delivery – Voice, Subsidiarity Principle
  • PFM underpinnings of Decentralization
    • Caveat: Decentralization is multi-dimensional !
pfm aspects of local service delivery efficiency in delivering services
PFM aspects of local service delivery: efficiency in delivering services

Participative Planning and Budgeting – the Peoples Planning Model in Kerala, India and the Participative Budgeting in Porto Allegre, Brazil

Realistic Costing of services (ABC analysis, Cost Controls)

Procurement and Budget Execution

Internal Controls

Strengthening MIS for financial and operational monitoring

the enabling environment for pfm in local service delivery
The Enabling Environment for PFM in local service delivery

The Legal and Procedural Framework to support PFM – the de jure and de facto aspects (Cote d’Ivoire)

The question of Capacity Building: how to do it? (Learning by Doing, Mobile Teams, Demand driven training)

The Role of the Central and Provincial Governments

The Political Economy of PFM Reforms (Sri Lanka)

concluding thoughts
Concluding Thoughts

PFM interventions need to be Results Focused

Sequencing of reforms is important

Integrated approach to PFM is essential : (bringing together the demand and supply sides, linking the revenue with the expenditure aspects)

Be ready for the long haul: the long term nature of PFM reforms

thank you
THANK YOU

Thank You. Let us get going !!