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Enhancing Capacities of NGOs to Implement USAID-funded Activities in Kosovo

16-Mar-2017

Enhancing Capacities of NGOs to Implement USAID-funded Activities in Kosovo

Fostering positive and constructive inter-ethnic cooperation between the majority and minority communities in addressing common problems in Kosovo, such as unemployment and access to municipal services, is of crucial importance for the citizens of Kosovo.In 2016 and 201...

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PMCG’s Tax System Expertise Boosted as Another Consultant Secures TADAT Certificate

10-Mar-2017

PMCG’s Tax System Expertise Boosted as Another Consultant Secures TADAT Certificate

Mr. David Lelashvili, PMCG’s Business Regulatory Environment Consultant, currently working under the USAID Competitive Trade and Jobs (CTJ) Activity in Central Asia project, recently passed the Tax Administration Diagnostics Assessment Tool (TADAT) Assessor exam. As a c...

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Facilitating Effective Development in the Adjara Region

28-Feb-2017

Facilitating Effective Development in the Adjara Region

We are continuing to support the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (GoARA) in the process of regional development. Following PMCG’s assistance to GoARA, under the GIZ project aimed at elaborating a regional development strategy which allowed the Government...

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Feasibility Study Paves Way for Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

23-Feb-2017

Feasibility Study Paves Way for Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

PMCG, under a consortium led by Antea Netherland B.V., is working on a feasibility study and detailed design of the upgrading of the Rustavi – Red Bridge and Rustavi – Sadakhlo Roads.The roads have crucial importance, as they will be part of the East-West Highway projec...

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Contributing to Rural Development in Georgia

21-Feb-2017

Contributing to Rural Development in Georgia

Effective rural development is one of the main priorities of the Government of Georgia. In this direction, UNDP Georgia under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD Georgia) has contracted PMCG to support key stakeholders.Speci...

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PMCG Demonstrates Tax System Expertise by Attaining TADAT Certificate

16-Feb-2017

PMCG Demonstrates Tax System Expertise by Attaining TADAT Certificate

Ms. Maia Daiauri, PMCG’s Tax Policy Consultant, currently working under USAID Georgia’s Governing for Growth (G4G) program has been certified as a Tax Administration Diagnostics Assessment Tool (TADAT) Assessor, having recently passed the relevant examination with a per...

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Supporting the State Audit Office to Review Its Communication Policy and Action Plan and Evaluate its “Budget Monitor” Platform

08-Feb-2017

Supporting the State Audit Office to Review Its Communication Policy and Action Plan and Evaluate its “Budget Monitor” Platform

PMCG, as part of a consortium led by Tetra Tech ARD, within the USAID-funded program “Good Governance Initiative (GGI)”, is providing further support to the State Audit Office (SAO) in improving its communication policy.PMCG is assisting the SAO to review its broader Co...

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

07-Feb-2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

On January 25, Transparency International published its Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. According to the Index, over two-thirds of the 176 countries assessed fall below the midpoint of the scale which ranges from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). As was the cas...

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Raising Awareness of EU Delegation Activities in Georgia

30-Jan-2017

Raising Awareness of EU Delegation Activities in Georgia

PMCG, in consortium with MC Group, will support the EU delegation in Georgia to increase the awareness, understanding, and support among population for the EU and its activities in Georgia. The project will raise awareness in Georgia about EU sector reform programm...

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Supporting Civil Service Bureau with Comprehensive Performance Evaluation System

26-Jan-2017

Supporting Civil Service Bureau with Comprehensive Performance Evaluation System

PMCG is continuing its strong support for the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) in a variety of ways, under the USAID Good Governance Initiative program.The new Civil Service Law (October, 2015) introduces a professional, merit-based civil service in which performance evaluati...

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Issue 90: Visitors in Georgia - January - February…

09-Mar-2017

Issue 90: Visitors in Georgia - January - February 2017

  In January-February 2017, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year: •    The number of international visitors increased by 71 000 people and reached 775 000 persons; •    The number of visitors increased from Russia (31 400 ...

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Issue 89: Remittances - 2016

17-Feb-2017

Issue 89: Remittances - 2016

  In 2016, compared to 2015: • The volume of remittances increased by 6.6% and amounted to 1.1 bln USD;• Remittances from Russia, the leading source country, makes up 34.3% of total remittances, a decrease of 8.8%. • The United States moved from fourth to second place, rea...

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Issue 88: External Trade - 2016

31-Jan-2017

Issue 88: External Trade - 2016

  In 2016, compared to 2015: • The volume of imports decreased by 0.5%;• The volume of exports decreased by 4.1% while the volume of re-exports decreased by 19.6%. The share of re-exports in total exports reached 21.6%;• For the first time since 2005, Russia is again Georg...

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Awarded with 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award

04-Nov-2016

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We are honored that our project supporting the Government of Adjara’s program budgeting within the USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G3) program, run by Management Systems International (MSI) has won 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award "Consulting Without Borders".

We would like to congratulate the project team for this acknowledgement. This again shows the value of applying international best practices to the local context. 

 

Background and Challenges:

Traditional, input-based budgets provide limited information on the outputs and outcomes of public spending, disclosing information by line items of spending only rather than clearly showing the planned programs, activities, outputs or outcomes. 

Most common practices applied in the regions of Georgia, such as the one-year plan for the budget, had weak links, if any, to government strategies and it was almost impossible for citizens to track the development of the government programs, especially multiyear activities. 

Input-based budgeting has not been treated as a planning document of a given government institution but rather a finance document only dealt with by the finance departments, with minimum input from the sector policy makers. This has been resulting in weak links to sector policies and planned activities. 

Methods and Activities:

We have worked with several regional governments of Georgia, such as the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and municipalities of Batumi, Akhaltsikhe and Kutaisi to overcome challenges and to move toward more transparent and accountable systems of governance.

In most of the projects, our assistance started from the beginning – designing a high-level strategic direction document of the government. This document reflected all the priorities of the local governments and was based on the results of round-table discussions with the ministries, sub-agencies, sector specialists, CSOs, and other interested groups. 

Later, the government programs were translated into program budgeting forms, creating programs, sub-programs, activities, outputs, outcomes and relevant key performance indicators. To achieve sustainability, special attention was dedicated to on-the-job trainings, coaching and workshops, covering technical and methodological aspects and the best international practices of program budgeting. 

On one hand, wide coverage makes the process difficult, however, this was one of the key features in achieving success and changing the budgeting practice at each and every level of spending taxpayers’ money.

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Results:

As a result of a complex approach, combining the best international practices with the local context, the interest and engagement of stakeholders increased, and citizens gained more effective and transparent governments, disclosing activities, outputs and outcomes with respective key performance indicators, enabling effective monitoring and evaluation of budget execution.

Overall, these projects achieved:

 

  • Enhanced effectiveness of the governments in planning and executing programs
  • Increased level of transparency in public spending
  • Increased level of accountability
  • Increased level of citizen engagement in the budgeting process


"PMCG has been a reliable and trusted partner for the five-year Good Governance Initiative (GGI) project in Georgia. PMCG staff and local consultants have provided timely and critical inputs, supporting the Government of Georgia’s governance reform process in all branches of government with high-quality analytical services, based on their excellent local knowledge and experience. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with PMCG over the remaining years of the GGI program".

David B. Smith, GGI Chief of Party, Tetra Tech ARD


"Collaboration with PMCG experts and project team, obtaining qualified recommendations and sharing their experience was very important for the professional development of employees of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. We hope to have the chance to collaborate with PMCG again."
David Baladze, the Minister of Finance and Economy of GoARA


“This project has important implications for Georgia: it should increase the level of trust of the local population in government, ensuring that decisions on policy and expenditure are clearer to the population. It will also, in the long turn, lead to a more inclusive policy process, ensuring that programmes and budget are formed on the basis that they meet with the needs or approval of wider stakeholders”. 

Gabriel Al Salem Foundation Awards Committee



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All the described projects are implemented within the framework of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) and Good Governance in Georgia (G3) programs.

Follow the links below for detailed information about specific projects:
Strengthening Government of Autonomous Republic of Adjara Institutional Capacity for Program Budgeting
Assisting Kutaisi City Municipality in Elaboration of the Economic Development Strategy
Improving program budgeting capacity of Akhaltsikhe municipality
Strengthening Program Budgeting Capacity of Batumi Municipality

 

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