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Assisting the Government of Tajikistan to Strengthen Strategic Planning

31-Aug-2018

Assisting the Government of Tajikistan to Strengthen Strategic Planning

We are collaborating with the Government of Tajikistan to strengthen its strategic planning and policy coordination and to ensure better integration of its strategic decisions and current policies. Overall, the project aims to improve budget planning and execution, trea...

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All Set to Become USAID Prime Contractor

29-Aug-2018

All Set to Become USAID Prime Contractor

On August 13-14, we hosted Mr. Gary V. Kinney, Vice President at Kinney Advisory Services and former Senior Contracts Officer at USAID, to deliver a training course for our team members entitled “Doing Business with USAID.” As part of the two-day training, Mr. Kinney sh...

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Value Chain Analyses of Broccoli, Mandarins and Raspberries in the Regions of Georgia and their Potential on the EU Market

24-Aug-2018

Value Chain Analyses of Broccoli, Mandarins and Raspberries in the Regions of Georgia and their Potential on the EU Market

PMC Research recently finished working on value chain analyses of three agricultural products in three specific regions, namely broccoli in Kvemo Kartli region, mandarins in Adjara region, and raspberries in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. The main goals of these studies...

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“The Georgian Example” – USAID Video about how Membership of Open Government Partnership Facilitated Significant Development

21-Aug-2018

“The Georgian Example” – USAID Video about how Membership of Open Government Partnership Facilitated Significant Development

On July 17-19, as a lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Georgia hosted the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi.The event gathered high-level representatives of the public sector, civil society, private sector, parliament, academia, researchers, and jour...

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Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus

17-Aug-2018

Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus

At the beginning of August, PMC Research started working on a Country Note on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) in order to study its impact on Central Asia and the South Caucasus (CASC). The main goal of the pr...

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The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation of the DCFTA

03-Aug-2018

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation of the DCFTA

On July 25, Ms. Mariam Saghareishvili, Researcher at PMCG, participated in a working meeting about the DCFTA and the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in its implementation. The working meeting aimed to inform CSOs about the possibilities and requirements of t...

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PMC Research Awarded Again for its Transparency

24-Jul-2018

PMC Research Awarded Again for its Transparency

PMCG is excited and proud to announce that PMC Research was recently given a 5-star rating for transparency by international organization Transparify.  Such an award is the highest possible rating issued by Transparify, and reflects exemplary transparency in PMC R...

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New Simplified Financial Reporting Standard for MSMEs

05-Jul-2018

New Simplified Financial Reporting Standard for MSMEs

On June 26, the newly simplified Financial Reporting Standard for Category IV-Entities was adopted with the goal to improve the quality and transparency of corporate financial statements, according to the decree of the Head of Service for Accounting, Reporting and Audit...

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Discussing How to Fight Corruption in Armenia

04-Jul-2018

Discussing How to Fight Corruption in Armenia

On June 29, Mr. David Lezhava, Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, participated in a conference entitled “The anti-corruption policies and measures”, which was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the EU Delegation to Armenia. Mr. Lezhava’s presen...

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Study to Identify Challenges for SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

02-Jul-2018

Study to Identify Challenges for SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

PMC Research recently launched a new project entitled “Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in Georgia”, designed to study the challenges facing SMEs with a particular focus on access to finance in Georgia.On June 21, Goga Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, p...

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Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

18-Sep-2018

Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

Analysis of the preliminary data on FDI for the first half of 2018 revealed the following general findings: The financial, energy, and construction sectors attracted the most FDI; Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands were the largest investing countries for Geo...

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Issue 105: External Trade, January-June 2018

03-Aug-2018

Issue 105: External Trade, January-June 2018

The first half of 2018 produced some interesting figures regarding Georgia’s external trade. Even though the existing data is only preliminary, the analysis thereof unveils some curious results. Georgia’s exports and imports reached their highest point for the observed period of ...

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Issue 104: External Factors Affecting the Value of Georgian…

10-Jul-2018

Issue 104: External Factors Affecting the Value of Georgian Lari Exchange Rate

For the period of 2014 to 2017, in every first quarter of each year compared to the first quarter of the previous year, the nominal exchange rate of the Georgian Lari (GEL) against the US Dollar (USD) depreciated. This trend stopped this year though as in the first quarter of 201...

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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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