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Public financial management reforms in post-conflict countries : synthesis report (English)

This report addresses the existing knowledge gap through a systematic review of Public Financial Management (PFM) reform experiences in post-conflict environments. PFM is frequently a key pillar in reforms to build more capable and accountable states in post-conflict environments. It is the focus of attention of international financial institutions as well as other bilateral aid agencies, and in many cases drives the financial support provided by key donors. PFM reforms are expected to contribute to the wider state-building goals that are tantamount to the post-conflict phase, including a more transparent management of public finances, regular payment of salaries of civil servants, better service delivery, and better allocation of resources in support of reconstruction priorities. It discusses the findings from a cross-country analysis of the design, implementation, and impact of PFM reforms in eight post-conflict environments. The report-reviewing these eight post-conflict experiences during a 7-10 year period in the early 2000s-focuses on what has worked and why, and what effects can be discerned with regards to wider state-building goals. Importantly, success of PFM reforms is less clearly associated with progress on broader state-building goals and service delivery improvements than expected. Political commitment to higher order objectives such as independence or statehood provided space for PFM reforms. PFM reforms in post-conflict environments are motivated by: a) the development of a close relationship between the national authorities and the international community, and b) domestic commitment to state building.




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Public financial management reforms in post-conflict countries : synthesis report (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.