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INTRO

Bula and Welcome to the Public Finance Management Room.

This PFM Room space is the online information sharing, resources, and communication platform for Civil Societies across the Pacific Region in relation to Public Finance Management. The PFM project is funded by the European Union and aimed at sustainably strengthening Civil Society Organisations in the region, to effectively engage in the scrutiny of their National Budgets.

Background Citizen engagement on public finance oversight can take various forms including direct communication between parliament and parliamentarians and citizens, and through intermediary organizations of civil society (including unions and employer associations, the media, and groups representing issues).

In practice, the role of civil society organizations is crucial in accumulating, focusing, and integrating citizen views. The capacity of civil society organizations varies widely in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs), but in many countries, capacity development support is required to enable CSOs to develop skills both in terms of gathering and focusing citizen perspectives, and in analyzing budgetary and financial management to enable input into national budgetary processes.

    Background
    Citizen engagement on public finance oversight can take various forms including direct communication between parliament and parliamentarians and citizens, and through intermediary organizations of civil society (including unions and employer associations, the media, and groups representing issues). In practice, the role of civil society organizations is crucial in accumulating, focusing, and integrating citizen views. The capacity of civil society organizations varies widely in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs), but in many countries, capacity development support is required to enable CSOs to develop skills both in terms of gathering and focusing citizen perspectives, and in analyzing budgetary and financial management to enable input into national budgetary processes.

    The countries of the Pacific region, many of which have small populations and big development challenges, including the impacts of climate change and the global pandemic have strong incentives to strengthen PFM. Not only does efficient PFM ensure that limited fiscal resources are best used to address development needs, many states within the region also receive substantial development funds from donors through budget support mechanisms that require strong national PFM systems to justify resource transfer.
    The Strengthening of public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific Project (hereafter PFM) project aims to strengthen oversight over public financial management in the Pacific region, though improving the budgetary scrutiny, public financial oversight and accountability capacities of parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society within the region, aligning with international public financial oversight and accountability standards, and fostering citizen engagement and oversight. Strengthening of Public Finance Management project is funded by the European Union (EU) and Implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

    parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society within the region, aligning with international public financial oversight and accountability standards, and fostering citizen engagement and oversight. Strengthening of Public Finance Management project is funded by the European Union (EU) and Implemented by the United Nations Development Program

                                                      Click here to visit our "Public Finances and Gender: What a trip to Lautoka taught us" discussion

    PFM Discussion

    Please share your thoughts on the Public Finance Management Room and how you would like to see it used.

    Check out the Citizens budget of your country and that of other countries in the region- see link to the left.
    Let us know what you think.