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Evaluation of four NGO implemented Programmes in Georgia

19-Jul-2017

Evaluation of four NGO implemented Programmes in Georgia

Currently Georgia has an enabling environment for civil society. There has been slow yet steady progress towards a more diversified civil society with stronger organisations appearing in the regions. There is now also a greater understanding among CSOs of the import...

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Enhancing Public Finance Management in South Africa

07-Jul-2017

Enhancing Public Finance Management in South Africa

Effective management of public finances encourages aggregate fiscal discipline, operational efficiency and strategic allocation of resources. All of these elements are critical to achieving the public policy objectives, described in South Africa’s 2030 National Developm...

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Discussing How to Fight Corruption

04-Jul-2017

Discussing How to Fight Corruption

On June 26, PMCG’s team members Sopio Khoshtaria and Shushanik Safaryan participated in the 2nd Regional Meeting of the “Anti-Corruption Professionals Network at the Black Sea”, in Kutaisi, Georgia. The event gathered anti-corruption practitioners, local government...

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Welcoming Our New Research Director

29-Jun-2017

Welcoming Our New Research Director

We are delighted to welcome Giorgi Khishtovani to our team, as our new Research Director. Giorgi brings with him eight years of sound experience in public, private and non-governmental sectors in Georgia and abroad, as a lecturer, trainer, consultant, researcher, and pr...

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Supporting Tajik CSOs to Engage in Budget Process

28-Jun-2017

Supporting Tajik CSOs to Engage in Budget Process

On June 13-16, PMCG gave a series of trainings on public financial management for civil society organizations (CSOs), working on social and economic issues, in Vardzob, Tajikistan.The series were part of the UK AID project Supporting Public Finance Reforms in Tajikistan...

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Unlocking SME Finance and Making it Work in Central Asia

27-Jun-2017

Unlocking SME Finance and Making it Work in Central Asia

On June 27, PMCG’s Chairman and CEO Aleksi Aleksishvili and Project Manager Mikheil Skhiereli participated in a workshop entitled Unlocking SME Finance and Making it Work in Central Asia. The two-day event was opened by Ayumi Konishi, Director General, East Asia Departm...

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Enhancing Role of CSOs in Georgia in Regional Economic Development Process

23-Jun-2017

Enhancing Role of CSOs in Georgia in Regional Economic Development Process

PMC Research, in cooperation with People in Need (PIN), the Rural Communities Development Agency (RCDA), and Association ATINATI, is working under the European Commission project - Regional Civil Society Organizations as Vectors of Rural Economic Development - to promot...

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Promoting Rural Development in Khulo Municipality

20-Jun-2017

Promoting Rural Development in Khulo Municipality

PMC Research, as part of a European Commission project, has started working together with Caritas Czech Republic and the Croatian Rural Development Network to promote rural development and diversification in the municipality of Khulo in Georgia. In order to ensure the e...

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Kutaisi City Hall Joins Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative

19-Jun-2017

Kutaisi City Hall Joins Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative

On June 16, the Mayor of Kutaisi Shota Murghulia signed an agreement according to which Kutaisi becomes the first city in Georgia to join the European Union initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG). The agreement was signed at a meeting attended by team leade...

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Equipping Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

08-Jun-2017

Equipping Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

On June 6, PMCG hosted a meeting with the team of the World Bank (WB) project entitled “Preparation of Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for the Upgrading of Rustavi-Red Bridge and Rustavi-Sadakhlo Roads”. The project team presented the draft of a feasibility study ...

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97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

26-Jul-2017

97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

  In the first half of 2017: Remittance inflows to Georgia amounted to $629 Mln Remittance outflows from Georgia amounted to $96.3 Mln Inflow from Russian Federation, United States, Italy, Greece, Israel, and Turkey amounts to 81% of total remittance inflows to Georgia...

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96: Construction - I Quarter, 2017

06-Jul-2017

96: Construction - I Quarter, 2017

  In the first quarter of 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: Production value of the construction sector increased by 13%; Total turnover of the construction sector increased by 16%; Foreign direct investments in the construction sector increased by 18...

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Issue 95: Business Sector - I Quarter, 2017

22-Jun-2017

Issue 95: Business Sector - I Quarter, 2017

  In the first quarter of 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: The production value of the business sector significantly increased (16%); A 19.1% increase in total turnover was observed; The number of persons employed in the business sector increased (4...

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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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