Evaluation of donor support to public finance management (PFM) reform in developing countries

March 2010 to July 2010

The overall evaluation of donor support to PFM reforms aims to answer two key questions:

  1. Where and why do PFM reform efforts succeed?
  2. Where and how does external support to PFM reform efforts contribute most effectively to their success?

The key issue for the analytical study is how best to provide some (at least tentative or partial) answers to the two questions above, drawing on existing quantitative data. For question 1 various factors and conditions (economic, political, etc.) need to be taken into account as independent variables, in order to assess their association/ correlation with variations in the dependent variable (the quality of PFM systems), both across countries and over time. For question 2 the focus is narrower, and aims at isolating the more specific impact of donor support to PFM reforms on PFM reform success, holding other factors constant.

Outputs

Does donor support to public financial management reforms in developing countries work? An analytical study of quantitative cross-country evidence

Working and discussion papers | April 2011 | Paolo de Renzio, Matt Andrews and Zac Mills
This Working Paper is part of a broader evaluation of donor support to public financial management (PFM) reforms in developing countries, bringing together quantitative evidence on the quality of PFM systems and the impact of donor support to PFM reforms.
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