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  • As UK aid becomes focused on outcomes, a scheme that allows recipients to use funding as they see fit is being ended to ensure money is not misused. Could it also stifle innovation?
    6 Feb 17
    As UK aid becomes focused on outcomes, a scheme that allows recipients to use funding as they see fit is being ended to ensure money is not misused. Could it also stifle innovation?
  • Dominik Stillhart, director of operations, ICRC. Credit: ICRC
    13 Dec 16
    A humanitarian impact bond being pioneered by the International Committee of the Red Cross could transform aid financing for conflict zones and help monitor results. Dominik Stillhart tells PF...
  • South African hospital
    17 Nov 16
    South Africa has a grand vision for healthcare: free and equitable access for all citizens. However, difficult questions over funding remain unresolved
  • Donald Trump, incoming US president
    14 Nov 16
    Donald Trump’s victory in last week’s US presidential election caught the world off guard. How might his policies and pledges play out across the global south?
  • Percentages and magnifying glass
    4 Oct 16
    Auditors general from around the world will gather in Abu Dhabi for the congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions in December. PF asked six of them to share their hopes...
  • Lack of sleep is an organisational issue as it can damage both individual performance and workplace relationships. Managers need to address it in themselves and their teams
    29 Sep 16
    Lack of sleep is an organisational issue as it can damage both individual performance and workplace relationships. Managers need to address it in themselves and their teams
  • Sustainable cities are about more than cutting carbon emissions – they involve thinking about how people live, travel and interact with the natural world. Ahead of the UN’s Habitat III summit, PF looks at what can be done to make cities greener and
    26 Sep 16
    Sustainable cities are about more than cutting carbon emissions – they involve thinking about how people live, travel and interact with the natural world. Ahead of the UN’s Habitat III summit, PF...
  • Effective finance ministries around the world have four characteristics in common, while being well adapted to local institutional, political and cultural contexts. A global association could help them share professional practice
    23 Sep 16
    Effective finance ministries around the world have four characteristics in common, while being well adapted to local institutional, political and cultural contexts. A global association could help...
  • The OECD’s straight-talking chief economist tells PF why proactive policies matter more than ever in an uncertain, post-Brexit world
    20 Sep 16
    The OECD’s straight-talking chief economist tells PF why proactive policies matter more than ever in an uncertain, post-Brexit world
  • Traditional humanitarian responses to global crises are underfunded and often miss their mark. As new donors emerge and the benefits of more local approaches are recognised, does the western aid system need to take a step back?
    16 Sep 16
    Traditional humanitarian responses to global crises are underfunded and often miss their mark. As new donors emerge and the benefits of more local approaches are recognised, does the western aid...
  • Fayez Choudhury, chief executive officer of the International Federation of Accountants
    1 Sep 16
    Ahead of this weekend’s G20 summit, the International Federation of Accountants is calling for a host of accounting issues to rise higher up the global agenda
  • Nigeria has long had a reputation for dishonest dealings. Last year, Muhammadu Buhari was voted back into power, promising to clean up the country in the teeth of some serious opposition. How much progress has been made?
    19 Aug 16
    Nigeria has long had a reputation for dishonest dealings. Last year, Muhammadu Buhari was voted back into power, promising to clean up the country in the teeth of some serious opposition. How much...
  • World Bank president Jim Yong Kim in Delhi. Photo: Enrico Fabian / World Bank
    10 Aug 16
    The World Bank has renewed its lending criteria, ditching or diluting some standards and adding new ones in. Does this bring the bank into the 21st century or mean it has walked away from its role as...
  • 17 May 16
    With the lifting of international sanctions, there are many potential benefits for Iran’s economy. However, the country’s leaders also face new fiscal challenges in the years ahead
  • Stephen Twigg MP
    24 Feb 16
    Securing genuine results from aid spending is vital at a time of extraordinary demand, says Labour MP Stephen Twigg, chair of the International Development Select Committee
  • EU flag - image: iStock
    23 Feb 16
    The EU’s Court of Auditors recognises change is in the air with crises over the euro, migration and Brexit. So it is considering a “wholly new approach” to financial management
  • African Union tank
    10 Feb 16
    This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the African Union. Adopted in May 2001 and launched a year later, it replaced the Organization for African Unity and intends to unify the...
  • Flood in Thailand
    18 Jan 16
    Behind the triumph of the COP21 agreement, developed and developing nations have very different ideas about how much money is flowing from the former to the latter to deal with climate change.
  • Crossing borders
    20 Nov 15
    The rich have long made the most of cross-border tax avoidance. Developing countries are hit hardest by this practice, but may benefit the least from efforts to tackle it
  • Anti-corruption march in Cape Town - image: Miram Mannak
    30 Oct 15
    Citizens have taken to the streets in South Africa to protest against corruption. Whilst there are reasons to be concerned, experts stress that it is not all doom and gloom
  • seoul
    22 Oct 15
    The Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) is holding its 19th conference in Seoul, South Korea, from 27 to 29 October. Conference chair In-Ki Joo, shares his ambitions for the event...
  • Joe Cosma, Government & Infrastructure Advisory Leader, EY Africa
    19 Oct 15
    Experts from global advisory firm EY provide insights into the issues raised at the 2015 MEFMI Combined Forum, focusing on the economic challenges of managing natural resources in Africa
  • Detroit - picture: iStock
    14 Oct 15
    When Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2013, it wasn’t the first time the city faced ruin. So how were its public finances restructured, and what can other cities learn from its experience?...
  • Ekaterina Gratcheva
    14 Oct 15
    Ekaterina Gratcheva, Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank’s Treasury, discusses the prospects for sub-Saharan countries over the next few years. 
  • Euro banknotes - Photo: iStock
    11 Oct 15
    The sovereign debt crisis has not gone away. And, as markets become more turbulent, only reform of global financial governance will cast light on governments’ true performance

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