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Public Finance in a Complex World

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Program Director: Laura Bussa
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Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development and Public Policy Executive Certificate series.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Every country around the world has embraced public financial management reforms over the last two decades. Many have not met expectations.

Yet the demand for reform is great, particularly after 2008, as countries came under greater pressure to pursue austerity measures but still deliver government services.

Public Finance in a Complex World is an executive program providing a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public financial management. It brings together officials in charge of implementing reforms in their countries along with leading experts from multilateral organizations to examine the challenges associated with successful systemic reform.

Going Beyond the Numbers

This one-week public finance management executive program goes far beyond traditional approaches that have yielded decidedly mixed results. Harvard faculty and expert practitioners will lead you through a deep examination of what constitutes effective reform. They will also focus on political and organizational change, with an emphasis on national traditions, capacities and needs.

    Hear from Professor Matt Andrews

    Learn more about the program from Faculty Chair Matt Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Public Finance in a Complex World will provide you with:

    • An empirical understanding of the elements of reform agendas that typically succeed versus those that do not, and an analytical framework for interpreting how and why this differs by country
    • Evidence-based insights about the connection between the quality and the outputs of systems in functional areas such as budgeting, accounting, auditing and procurement
    • Approaches for strategic engagement of stakeholders in reforms and change management
    • A lasting global network of colleagues who share a common understanding of the challenges of reforming public financial management systems