Budget Strengthening Initiative

May 2010
Edward Hedger; Alastair McKechnie; Tim Williamson; Samuel Moon; Lisa Denney; Emma Kidd; Ryan Flynn; Claire Leigh; Philipp Krause; Rebecca Simson; Simon Gill; Tove Strauss; Myra Bernardi; Cinzia Cimmino; Julian Tung; Brian Ames
The Budget Strengthening Initiative supports fragile and conflict-affected states to build more effective, transparent and accountable budget systems.

The Budget Strengthening Initiative draws on expertise from across ODI and beyond to support fragile and conflict-affected states to build more effective, accountable and transparent budgets.

To find out more visit www.budgetstrengthening.org

Department for International Development (DFID)

Political science welcomes William Easterly

8 May 2014 - Philipp Krause
'Easterly is not arguing for a massive all-or-nothing rights and democracy agenda to replace the current state of affairs. He is explicitly calling for tinkering and experimentation to replace grandiose development plans and goals'.

If you think conflict prevention is expensive, try conflict

14 February 2014 - Marcus Manuel
'Last week, amid the continued turmoil in the Central African Republic, the OECD launched their annual global report on fragile states... one fact stood out from the report: development aid to the most conflict-prone countries has declined for two years running.'

Giving institutional reforms a chance to succeed

12 February 2014 - Ahmed Ali
'It’s now common dogma among development experts that institutions are central to improving the welfare of the poor. However, after decades of reforms and billions spent in aid, success stories of institutional development are few and failures all too common.'

European launch: Public financial management and its emerging architecture

Event - 4 September 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
​The last two decades have seen a wave of global innovations and reforms that have fundamentally altered the way public finances are managed. This event will launch a new book from the International Monetary Fund – Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture – that examines these fundamental changes.

Budget transparency in Uganda

28 August 2013 - Ryan Flynn interviews Tim Williamson
The Ugandan government has recently launched a new website that puts an unprecendented amount of information on the country's finances into the public domain. ODI's Tim Williamson, who worked closely with the Ministry of Finance on the site, talks to Ryan Flynn about budget transparency.

Unblocking results in Tanzanian rural water supply

14 August 2013 - Helen Tilley
Research Fellow Helen Tilley interviews Rinus Van Klinken, acting Director of SNV Tanzania, to talk about the governance constraints he has encountered in his work on improving rural water supply in Tanzania, and the approaches he has adopted to overcome them.

Unblocking results: can aid get public services flowing?

Event - 3 June 2013 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))

This event will explore the findings and policy implications of the latest ODI research on how aid can be best packaged to support governance and institutional development. The research draws on case studies in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

What does debt mean for governance?

25 January 2013 - Philipp Krause
'More effective governments are able to borrow more, and many do. Some that could, don’t. But hardly any governments that lack the corresponding level of effectiveness get away with high levels of debt.'

Of institutions and butterflies

3 December 2012 - Philipp Krause
'Institutional ventriloquism worsens capability traps because it keeps states from developing the autonomous capability to adapt and change. For states that are able to adapt and change on their own, isomorphic mimicry isn’t a problem.'

Measuring good pooled funds in fragile states

Publication - November 2012
Erin Coppin
This paper introduces an experimental methodology for an index that captures the performance of pooled funds in fragile states across the Paris Declaration principles: ownership, alignment, harmonisation, delivery of results, and mutual accountability.

Common constraints and incentive problems in service delivery

Publication - August 2012
There is growing recognition that, despite significant increases in resourcing, public service delivery is still failing in many developing countries. This review explores the existing evidence base in three sectors (education, health, water and sanitation) across multiple countries. The review points to a set of five common political economy constraints and incentive problems that affect levels of performance.

The sequencing debate is over… or is it?

17 August 2012 - Philipp Krause
'There seems to be an emerging consensus that advanced budget reforms should not be attempted in developing countries before budgetary basics have been soundly established. In many countries, this may well mean a focus on budgetary basics for the foreseeable future, consigning more advanced techniques to the inbox of another generation of budget officials.'

Laws, what are they good for?

14 August 2012 - Philipp Krause
'The purpose of comprehensive legal reform in a fragile state actually begins to look a lot like it would in any other country. It is a means to consolidate and lock in a lengthy reform process, once everyone involved is reasonably secure about the new rules.'

Developments in public finance: evidence, theory and practice

Event - 20 June - 31 December 2012

This event series delivered by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE) explored pertinent issues in public finance in developing countries and fragile states. By convening a range of specialists – including researchers, policy-makers and practitioners – the series aimed to share evidence, ideas and innovations to spur improvements in practice and to drive forward the research agenda.

For more information about the series and to register interest in future seminars, please contact Rebecca Simson (r.simson@odi.org.uk).

Time for a new deal for 'fragile states'

29 November 2011 - Alastair McKechnie
'Building effective institutions can take decades, and each country must blend local culture with national identity and traditions to build institutions seen as legitimate by all citizens. In this way, fragile states...require a fundamentally different approach that also recognises political and security challenges.'

A new aid deal for fragile states?

Event - 10 October 2011 12:30 - 14:00 (GMT+01 (BST))

This event will consider whether a new aid deal is needed for fragile states and what this deal might look like, bringing together a range of views from civil society, the research community and fragile states themselves.

Accelerating the transition out of fragility - the role of finance and public financial management reform

Event - 15 - 16 November 2010

This is the sixth in a series of annual conferences on development finance and public financial management reform organised by the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at ODI.  The conference will focus on the practical and policy aspects of how to use finance to support fragile states in their transition out of fragility and the associated implications for public financial management. The conference is being organised jointly with the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department.