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SUNY CID Part of a Consortium Awarded USAID’s Public Financial Management II Contract

A panel of experts from South Africa and three counties in Kenya share experiences and best practices in county revenue automation.

A panel of experts from South Africa and three counties in Kenya share experiences and best practices in county revenue automation.

The five year contract has $475 million ceiling, and provides assistance to national and sub-national governments to mobilize revenue, manage and allocate the funds effectively and transparently. This is imperative to the sound management of the public sector’s finances, cornerstone of good governance and a pre-condition for efficient public service delivery and economic and social development.

The PFM II IQC will allow SUNY/CID to build on its PFM work globally, such as in Kenya, where we supported Nairobi City County (NCC) to review tax policy and to develop a revenue generation pilot that will increase collection and compliance. The pilot mentoring project is improving sector tax policy, regulations, institutional capacity and communication challenges that NCC has been experiencing in revenue collection.

The work is enhancing the policy and legal framework, legislative oversight and executive and legislative communication with citizens on tax policy and regulations, enhancing revenue department and de-concentrated staff capacity for revenue collection, and produces user-friendly guidelines and communications materials to enhance fee-payer understanding and compliance.

This iteration of the IQC covers areas such as:

  • Fiscal Policy and Management: Including all aspects of public finance, fiscal policy and public expenditure management
    • Improvement of tax policy and administration on all levels of government
    • Tax and non-tax revenue forecasting and projects for fiscal analysis
    • Reforms involving devolution and decentralization of government’s revenue sources
    • Improved use of information technology to help reduce corruption
    • Domestic Resource Mobilization- This includes all systems that increase transparently and accountably, raise and manage taxes, fees and other non-tax revenue sources of financing
  • Public Financial Planning, Debt Operations and Debt Management: Including internal and external government debt issuance and management, and debt refinancing operations at all governmental levels
    • Data collection and information systems to provide central monitoring and control over debts of public entities
    • Forecasting governments’ cash flows and borrowing requirements/debt retirement possibilities
    • Maintaining and improving government’s creditworthiness on international exchanges to improve terms on which it incurs debt
  • Monetary policy, banking, central bank operations, trade and investments.

We at CID feel extremely honored to be part of IBI’s PFMII IDIQ consortium and look forward to further helping governments become more responsive and accountable to their citizens.

Posted September 20, 2018