Open enrollment summer programs at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) ended Friday, Aug. 8, with the graduation of the annual Budgeting and Financial Management in the Public Sector (BUDGET) program. This year, DCID’s four annual summer programs saw their enrollments increase by a total of 25 percent, from 100 participants in 2013 to 125 in 2014.
The Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting Program (TARF) saw the largest increase in participants, from 27 in 2013 to 39 in 2014. The BUDGET program welcomed 41 participants this year, up from 30 in 2013. Enrollment in the Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management (PFD) surged from 17 to 27. The Project Appraisal and Risk Management Program (PARM) was the only program to see a drop in enrollment, from 26 to 18.
Since 2002, DCID’s summer open enrollment programs have hosted more than 1,200 government officials who are trying to implement financial reforms in their home countries.
“Tajikistan right now is in the process of a fiscal decentralization, and this was just the right course for me,” said Munisa Vahobova, 2014 PFD graduate and Project Management Specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development. “My knowledge was scattered, but now I have a clear vision of how to communicate with the national government and appraise the projects.”
Through its open enrollment programs and customized short-term executive education programs held at Duke University and abroad, DCID has trained a total of more than 5,000 officials in 12 years.