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DCID faculty are uniquely equipped to offer training in a wide variety of public finance and policy-related topics, including, but not limited to:


Tax Analysis

  • Principles of taxation
  • Tax reform and its implementation
  • Economic impact of taxes and subsidies
  • Consumption and expenditure taxes
  • Taxes on international trade
  • Taxation of income
  • International tax harmonization
  • Wealth and asset taxation
  • Property and real estate taxes
  • Taxation of natural resources
  • Taxation of financial sectors
  • Taxation of e-commerce
  • Inflation and taxation

Revenue Forecasting

  • Value-added and excise taxes
  • Trade taxes
  • Personal income taxes
  • Corporate income taxes
  • Taxes on natural resources
  • Property taxes

Administrative Decentralization

  • Trends in political, administrative and fiscal decentralization
  • Roles of central and subnational governments
  • Strategies for effective decentralization
  • Managing the decentralization process

Fiscal Decentralization

  • Public choice and fiscal federalism
  • Allocating expenditure and revenue responsibilities
  • Designing intergovernmental transfers
  • Structuring local government borrowing
  • Enhancing local resource mobilization

Fiscal Planning and Management

  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Debt management
  • Resource administration
  • Special problems of local revenue administration

Local Revenue Systems

  • Property taxation
  • User charges and excise taxes
  • Business taxation, license fees and permits
  • Income and sales taxation


  • Budget and macro-economy
  • Public finance and economic growth
  • Budget and stabilization policy
  • Management and organization of budget processes
  • Alternative budget frameworks including MTEF (medium-term expenditure framework)
  • Input-control and output-oriented performance or results-based budgeting techniques
  • Balanced scorecard approaches to budgeting and management
  • Budget as an instrument of managerial performance
  • Monitoring and evaluating of budget performance
  • Indicators of budget policy, institutions and processes
  • Budget implementation, cash management and budget monitoring techniques
  • Fiscal transparency standards and assessment
  • Fiscal decentralization and budgeting
  • Budgeting and poverty reduction strategies
  • Capital budgeting, cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses
  • Debt management
  • Role, budgeting and management of foreign aid
  • Fiscal aspects of external and domestic debt management
  • Negotiation techniques and conflict resolution

Intergovernmental Transfers

  • Structuring recurrent and development transfers
  • Designing effective performance-based grants
  • Coordinating intergovernmental transfers
  • Monitoring intergovernmental transfers

Financial, Economic, Stakeholder and Policy Analysis

  • Stages in feasibility studies and project cycles
  • Development of cash flow statements
  • Financial sustainability of projects
  • Impact of scale, timing and length of life on project viability
  • Impacts of inflation and exchange rates on financial viability and risks
  • Cost-effectiveness measures of social programs
  • Capital markets and financing projects
  • Economic cost of human resources, capital and foreign exchange
  • Economic valuation of goods and services, environmental and social impacts
  • Basic needs valuation for social programs
  • Integration of financial, economic and social appraisals of major investment projects
  • Privatization, contracting and regulation issues
  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Foreign direct investment, joint ventures and tax incentives
  • Poverty alleviation and poverty reduction

Risk Analysis and Management

  • Foundations of uncertainty and risk
  • Project design, financial and organizational arrangements
  • Risk assessment, costing and management techniques
  • The roles of incentives, sanctions and risk sharing

Transfer Pricing Principles and Administration

  • Traditional methods for setting prices
  • Transactional methods for setting prices
  • Simplified methods
  • Safe harbors
  • Use of databases
  • UN and OECD guidelines
  • Transfer pricing documentation
  • Coordination of tax rules with customs valuation
  • Advanced pricing agreements
  • Treaty-based dispute resolution