The 2013 CAPE conference: budgeting in the real world

13 - 14 November 2013
Streamed live online

A country’s national budget never fails to attract attention. For good reason – it is one of the most tangible expressions of how a government aims to govern. It ostensibly sets the political, economic and development agenda for the whole of the nation.  Or does it? In practice, the difference between what’s on paper and how budgets are actually made and spent can be stark.

This disconnect can be rooted in a range of factors – the reality of how politics and policy mingle in the allocation of funds; shifts in the global economy that confound expectations; and unplanned spending that substantially alters stated intentions of the budget as planned.

The 2013 CAPE Conference will look at how budgets actually work in the real world and explore the latest thinking on how they can deliver better development outcomes.  Bringing together a distinguished array of global leaders and thinkers, the conference aims to shed light on two overarching questions:


  • How does budgeting and public financial management really work in practice?
  • What can reformers do to strengthen budgets to improve development outcomes?


The conference will be live streamed on both days and you can register for this via the 'register' tab above. Should you wish further information about the event please contact Elizabeth Barnes (



Pre-conference (12 November)
17:30-19:00 Book launch: The International Handbook of Public Financial Management

Day 1 (13 November)
8:30-9:15 Registration and Coffee

9:15-9:20 Welcome
Edward Hedger - Head of CAPE, ODI

9:20-10:20 Keynote session
Antoinette Sayeh - Director, Africa Department, IMF; and former Minister of Finance, Liberia
Kevin Watkins - Director, ODI

10:20-10:30 Introduction to the conference
Philipp Krause - Public Finance Team Leader, ODI 
10:30-12:30 The practice of budgeting – what drives the form and functionality of budget systems?
Neil Cole - Executive Secretary, Collaborative African Budget Reform Initiative
Carlos Scartascini- Principal Research Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
Jana Repansek- Deputy Director, Center for Excellence in Finance
Joachim Wehner- Senior Lecturer, London School of Economics
Marta Foresti - Head of Politics and Governance, ODI

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 A case in point? The experience of Mozambique
Luisa Diogo - former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mozambique
Renaud Seligmann - Sector Manager, Financial Management West & Central Africa, World Bank
Andrew Lawson- Director, Fiscus Limited

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:30 What is a ‘capable’ finance ministry?
Kenneth Mugambe - Ag. Director Budget, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Richard Allen - former Deputy Division Chief, IMF
Philipp Krause -  Public Finance Team Leader, ODI
Bjoern Dressel - Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
Nicola Smithers - Public Financial Management Cluster Leader, World Bank

Day 2 (14 November)
8:45-9:20 Registration and coffee

9:20-9:30 Summary of Day 1 and Introduction
Philipp Krause - ODI

9:30-12:00 How can reformers deliver change in the budget process?
Matt Andrews- Associate Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Tim Williamson - Country Manager (South Sudan), Budget Strengthening Initiative, ODI
Amal Larhlid - Director, Policy and Governance, PwC
Marco Cangiano - Assistant Director, IMF
Andrew Norton - Director of Research, ODI

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-16:00 How do budget reforms link to development outcomes?
Bhanu Prasad Acharya - Hon’ble Auditor General, Democratic Republic of Nepal
Allen Schick - Professor, University of Maryland; and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Nick Manning - Head, Governance and Public Sector Management Practice, World Bank
Paolo de Renzio - Senior Research Fellow, International Budget Partnership; and Research Associate, ODI
Alison Evans - former Director of ODI

16:00-16:30 Coffee

16:30-17:30 Concluding session: What is to be done?
Senior expert panel drawn from participants
Edward Hedger - Head of CAPE, ODI