Decentralization reform strategies are being implemented worldwide to improve service delivery, economic governance and citizen participation. This comprehensive three-week program is designed to better enable professionals to develop and implement decentralization policy reforms to improve local public financial management and stimulate efficient and accountable economic and social development.


Fiscal Decentralization
  • Fiscal federalism and public choice
  • Allocating expenditure and revenue responsibilities
  • Designing intergovernmental transfers
  • Structuring local government borrowing
  • Local revenue mobilization
Administrative Decentralization
  • Political and administrative trends
  • Roles of central and sub-national governments
  • Intergovernmental cooperation 
  • Effective decentralization strategies
  • Managing the decentralization process
Intergovernmental Transfers
  • Structuring recurrent and development transfers
  • Designing effective performance-based grants
  • Coordination intergovernmental transfer systems
  • Monitoring intergovernmental transfers
Local Revenue Systems
  • Property taxation
  • User charges and excise tax
  • Business taxation, license fees, and permits
  • Income and sales taxation
Fiscal Planning and Management
  • Budgeting and financial management
  • Debt management
  • Resource administration
  • Special problems of local revenue administration

Why Join?

Hear previous PFD participants discuss how the program enabled them to better design and implement policy reforms to stimulate economic and social development in their countries.


The program is directed by Dr. Roy Kelly, who has over 25 years of international experience designing and implementing intergovernmental reforms in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Dr. Kelly is joined by other experienced practitioners from international organizations representing various disciplines, perspectives and country experience.

Who Should Apply?

This program is open to individuals working professionally in finance, economics, law, government administration or other related fields. Past participants include:

  • Central- and local-level elected politicians, policymakers and administrators
  • Economists
  • Lawyers
  • Finance managers
  • Public sector management specialists

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