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Should donors be providing more or less budget support and does it have a significant impact on poverty reduction? Is it value for money and how could it be used more effectively? These are just some of the questions the European Commission asked at a recent public consultation.
To whom is a private sector consultant accountable, the donor paying their bill or the country to which they are providing technical assistance? Private sector consultants are widely used in managing and implementing Public Finance Management reform, yet questions of accountability, and consultants' role in influencing the reform agenda is under examined. 
Over the past couple of years a number of donor agencies have adopted Political Economy Analysis tools to assist development practice. The European Union Delegation to Zambia recently carried out two pilot political economy studies. Their experience provides lessons for developing an EC tool.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 4 April 2013
The Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability Framework (PEFA) has been praised as a useful tool to underpin Public Finance Management (PFM) reforms by representatives of Latin American countries at a recent seminar in Brussels.
Several European Commission evaluations confirm that Budget Support can be a useful instrument to support policy implementation and reforms in developing countries. But it can only contribute to positive change, experts warn, if there is a strong political commitment from partner governments.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 8 July 2011
Raising taxes is at the heart of nation-building. Nations cannot own their development processes if a great part of the efforts behind them is funded by external agencies. Moreover, as many donors now face increasing budget constraints, raising funds through taxation is more important than ever in developing countries.
Many developing countries have serious deficiencies when it comes to providing accurate, timely and accessible information on how their national budget is allocated and spent, leaving an open-door to abuse and corruption, say the International Budget Partnership.
Georgia, formerly part of the old United Soviet Socialist Republic, had a long history of poor tax collection until a new government took power in 2004. The new leaders introduced a radical overhaul of the tax system that combined a simplification of the tax code with improved tax administration, increased tax enforcement and an anti-corruption campaign.
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30 November 2010

A group to discuss and support the pragmatic and gradual introduction of a "political economy" approach in EC Development Cooperation.

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