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Economic and Public Financial Management

A robust public financial management system is a cornerstone for any government and more so in developing countries. Transparent and equitable public finances provide a platform for governments to deliver a strong enabling environment for business and effective public services. Our specialised team of professionals work in all aspects of the EPFM cycle to enhance public financial management efficiency right from planning to resource allocation and spending. We ensure adequacy, appropriateness, economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity in our progress.

We work with governments (national, provincial and counties), bilateral, multilateral and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) for developing efficient systems and ensuring accountability in management of this limited public resource. We provide technical assistance on medium term expenditure reviews, budgeting, financial monitoring, feasibility studies and maintenance of financial records, thus work to strengthen public finances.  

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Shantanu Das


Promila Bishnoi

Projects

  • CIFF/ Government of RRajasthan (GoR): RajKosh: Rajasthan Innovative financing for Women, Girls and Children, (2018-2019)

    This program presents a catalytic opportunity - for a relatively modest financial contribution from Govt. of Rajasthan & CIFF – to build sustainability of welfare programmes for millions of women, girls and children in Rajasthan through innovative financing approaches and improve effectiveness of government spending.

    The project will primarily work across following three workstreams: (i) Improve the effectiveness of spending through ‘scheme rationalisation’ exercise. (ii) Operationalize the ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) (iii) Raise financial resources - at least $8 million by end of this investment period

  • The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF): Mid-term evaluation of Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformation (SHIFT) programme in ASEAN region Myanmar, Cambodia (2018)

    The Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) program aims to broaden and improve financial inclusion to enable target groups to be active agents of the formal economy. SHIFT seeks to provide increased income and employment, and reduce vulnerability to financial shocks by deepening access to well-regulated financial products targeted at the low income population, especially women. The program is expected to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG goal 1 and 5.

    IPE Global will be conducting a mid-term evaluation over a period of three months to provide: a) programmatic learning to inform and guide program implementation and/or strategy, and b) assessment of results (to learn what is working / likely to work, why and for whom).

  • UNICEF Cambodia: Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) Program Budget Capacity Assessment, Cambodia (2018)

    The aim of the assignment is to assess the capacity of line ministry officials trained by MEF and those trained by them in their relevant ministries in the area of programme budget formulation and execution. The two main aspects to be assessed are result based planning & budgeting, and monitoring & evaluation.

    IPE Global will conduct desk review of existing regulations and reports, interview and discussion with relevant stakeholders at MEF and line ministries, consultation process and an effective tools that will capture all elements and details relating to those elements to inform the development of action plan for capacity development for PB implementation. The institution will be provided with documents and reports for desk review and other necessary administrative support throughout this consultancy period.

  • Centre for Good Governance and Public Policy, Department of Planning, GoU: Project Management Consultants (PMC) for Uttarakhand State Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (2018-2020)

    Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPPGG), is a think-tank, set up by Government of Uttarakhand (GOU), under the Planning Department, to provide support to GOU in improving research and analytics for preparing a better planning and policy framework. The PMC will work closely with CPPGG on a regular basis to ensure effective coordination and achievement of the targets of the GOU. The broad scope of work of the PMC shall include: (i) To select and prioritize the projects in the State; (ii) To coordinate with the relevant ministries of Government of India for projects being funded by it, and coordination with the stakeholder departments for such projects; (iii) To coordinate with various donor agencies for projects funded by them; (iv) To prepare development, sectoral, short-term, long-term and strategic plans; (v) To assist various Departments in formulation of various policies; (vi) To assist CPPGG in project formulation; (vii) Preparation of tender documents and evaluation; (viii) To study all the various schemes of the GoI and overlay it in the context of Uttarakhand and evaluate the possibilities of convergence across schemes so that projects are implemented in a holistic manner; (ix) Assist the CPPGG in monitoring the projects; and (x) Design and implementation of an MIS and tracking of the same to enhance efficiency and decision making.

  • DFID: Impact Evaluation of the Development Capital Investment (DCI) Intervention of the DFID India Private Sector Infrastructure Portfolio (2018-2021)

    This study aims to evaluate impact of capital intervention through debt and equity within DFID India’s private sector infrastructure portfolio. This is the first major study of its kind to look at the impact of DCI intervention of the DFID India’s private sector infrastructure portfolio. It aims to achieve twin objectives: (i) To test the feasibility and effectiveness of debt and equity instruments in promoting pro-poor private investments in infrastructure in India’s low income states while achieving developmental outcomes; (ii) To assess the pre-conditions (policy, regulation and institutional capacity) necessary for replicating these instruments in India and beyond. The scope of this three year evaluation contract comprises of baseline by end of year 1 (2018) and mid-term evaluation in year 3 (2020)

  • Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF): PAMNET- Study on Public Expenditure Management Reviews in 12 Sub-Saharan Africa Countries, Africa (2006)

    The overall objective of ACBF study was to determine how public expenditure management could be made more effective in sub-Saharan African countries in steering poverty reduction strategies. IPE Global conducted the study on Public Expenditure Management Reviews, determining how and where does public expenditures have the most impact on poverty levels? In which sectors/ sub-sectors and in what sequence? As part of the study, identified the main technical/ operational tools and measures for improving public expenditure management; determined the feasibility in the adoption of these tools by sub-Saharan African country governments in view of existing political, administrative and capacity constraints.

  • The World Bank: Federal and Regional Public Finance Management, Ethiopia (2013)

    The development objective of the project was to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability of public expenditure at the federal and regional levels. IPE Global undertook a detailed assessment of institutional capacity of the Federal and Regional governments; identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the institutions; and preparing a strategic action plan for capacity building and training of the staff. The study was conducted in 9 regions and 2 city administrations including Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Government of Ethiopia and Federal sector offices. As part of the project, a number of thematic training modules for Federal and Regional Public Financial Management staff were also prepared.

  • UN Women: Costing Framework for Implementation of EVAW Legislation/Plans in Bangladesh (2012-2014)

    UN Women supported the implementation of the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) legislation and National Action Plans on violence against women in Bangladesh, as adopted by the UN General Assembly. IPE Global developed a costing framework for the effective implementation of the Government of Bangladesh's Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Act (DVA), 2010 and Rules, 2013. This included quantification of the resources needed to deliver an integrated, multi-disciplinary package of services for women and girls subjected to domestic violence. The report comprised of medium-term budget (2014-15 to 2017-18) for implementation of DVA along with key recommendations for dissemination among stakeholders.

  • UNICEF: Situation Analysis on Children with Disabilities in Myanmar, (2014-2015) - #1404

    According to Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by Government of Myanmar, children with disabilities shall fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children. To this end, IPE Global conducted Situation Analysis (SitAn) on children with disabilities in Myanmar. As part of SitAn, we analysed and gathered evidence on the extent to which the rights of children with disabilities in Myanmar were being fulfilled, in accordance with the CRC (Convention on Rights of Children) and the CRPD (Convention on Rights of Person with Disabilities). Recommendations stemming from this SitAn have directly contributed to the outline of policies and programmes designed to enhance the realisation of rights for children with disabilities in Myanmar. The rigorous analysis was carried out using extensive quantitative and qualitative data collected from various key informants and community members.

  • European Commission: Study to identify best practices from Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for Rajasthan Water Sector, India (2012-2013) - #1323

    The project aimed for (i) Critical review of the water sector budget of Rajasthan, which was spread across several state departments (on-budget) and centrally sponsored programmes (off-budget) like National Rural Drinking Water Mission, Total Sanitation Campaign, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, etc.; (ii) Establishing MTEF as an improved budgetary tool by comparing the calculation process and projections with the state's own estimates; (iii) Fine tuning the structure and contents of the earlier water sector MTEF reports and develop comprehensive update covering a three-year period (2012-13 to 2014-15). IPE Global formulated a comprehensive MTEF to help strengthen the government planning and budgeting system.

  • UNICEF: Consultancy to Conduct Budget Analysis in Social Sectors in Kenya, Kenya, (2016-17)

    Overall objective of the project was to conduct a budget analysis of the 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16 financial data for the select 11 counties and perform a national level analysis on the identified sectors of health, water, education, child protection, social protection, nutrition and HIV/AIDS. The budget analysis included a study of trends in sector gross allocation over the identified periods, trends in per capita sector allocations, allocation trends against key service indicators like enrolment levels and gross expenditure and budget absorption trends. The assignment included formulation of a budget brief for each county along with a policy brief per sector for the national level analysis.

  • UNICEF: Consultancy Services to Support National and County Level Nutrition Resource Allocations, Budget Analysis and Expenditure Tracking, Kenya, (2016-17)

    This project was to support nutrition resource allocations, budget analysis and expenditure tracking at national and county level. The key tasks included documentation of national level financial tracking, analysis and validation of financial resource allocations and expenditure for nutrition from the FY 2002-03 to 2015-16. The county level financial tracking and analysis for nutrition from 2002-03 to 2015-16 was also done along with the documentation of process comparing allocations to the actual expenditure for the same period. The financial tracking tool for nutrition was refined and a user manual was developed for application at the national and county level.

  • The World Bank: Lesotho Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) and Quantitative Service Delivery Survey (QSDS) in the Health Sector, Lesotho (2015-16)

    This PETS-QSDS study covered entire country (all 10 districts) and five year period from FY 2011-12 to 2015-16. The study entailed analysis of budget allocation, level of spending and identification of inefficiencies/bottlenecks at various level of health facilities; assessment of service delivery in selected health facilities, identification of challenges & inefficiencies, level of beneficiary satisfaction and out-of-pocket expenditure. Besides, an assessment of the feasibility of scaling up the Maternal & Newborn Health Performance Based Financing programme within the fiscal framework was also conducted. 

  • European Union (EU)/ Mott Macdonald Limited: Monitoring of Sector Policy Support Programme Education (SPSP-E), and related services, India (2015-2017)

    Purpose was to provide periodic thorough assessments of progress in education sector, public financial management and macro-economic stability, in support of the tranche releases to the Government of India. As a part of this, Public Financial Management Annual Monitoring Report for India for FY 2015-16 was prepared, which strictly followed the template of EU Budget Support Guidelines of 2012. The report for FY 2015-16 was also used for one tranche release under the State Partnership Programme with Rajasthan. Besides, it entailed preparation of annual report on the ‘Development of the Macro-economic Policy in India.’ 

  • The World Bank: Provision of Regional Technical Advisory Services on Local Level Public Financial Management (PFM), Ghana (2013-2016)

    The project aimed to strengthen the inter-governmental fiscal framework, and local public financial management & accountability for improved infrastructure and services in urban assemblies in Ghana. IPE Global supported 10 local governments in Ghana in implementing and institutionalising PFM best practices at the local government and municipal level through strategic technical and capacity building support in the five core PFM areas of Budgeting Reforms; Financial Reporting and Auditing; Revenue Enhancement and Management; Asset Management; and Transparency & Accountability. The support was provided through three windows of: (i) Generic Training; (ii) Regional Technical Advisory Teams (RTATs); and (iii) Capacity Support Fund.

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