TARGET GROUP | Junior to mid-level government officials in ministries of economy, planning, and finance, treasuries, central banks, independent fiscal agencies, and other agencies involved in the analysis, design, conduct, and assessment of fiscal policy. Participants are expected to have a degree in economics or finance or equivalent work experience, good quantitative skills, and proficiency in the use of computers to analyze data. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed the Financial Programming and Policies (FPP) and the Fiscal Policy Analysis (FPA) course before enrolling in this course. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is essential as many workshops are conducted in Excel.
DESCRIPTION | This course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, starts by reviewing the roles and objectives of both government and fiscal policy; it introduces tools and methodologies to analyze, monitor, and improve fiscal policy. The course teaches how to obtain high-quality information, and how to improve transparency and responsibility to hold governments accountable for their medium- to long-term fiscal objectives. The course concludes with thematic presentations by participants.
OBJECTIVES | Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Describe the debate on the proper role of government and fiscal policy.
• Use data to assess national fiscal policy.
• Design fiscal rules for specific national problems.
• Monitor fiscal performance.
• Contribute to building a medium-term budget to limit recessions while respecting sustainability.