July 25 – August 13, 2021

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.

About the Program

The PFD program will cover the following topics

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

Tuition for the PFD program is $9,100

Tuition and fees cover:

  • Faculty instruction from Duke faculty and expert guest speakers from the World Bank, IMF, etc.
  • 3-Star Hotel accommodations with in-suite kitchenette and free breakfast
  • Transportation for all program-related activities
  • All course materials and resources
  • Use of a laptop computer
  • Emergency medical insurance

Tuition does not cover airfare, meals, or incidental expenses, as those vary from person to person. 

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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Application Deadline: June 25, 2021

Tuition Due: July 11, 2021

Arrive on Campus:  July 24, 2021

Program: July 25 – August 13, 2021


All classes will be held at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy on Duke’s beautiful west campus, located in the vibrant city of Durham, North Carolina. 


Email the ExEd Team at dcidexed@duke.edu

About the Faculty

Dr. Roy Kelly is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University and the Director of the Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management. Previously, he spent 19 years with Harvard University at the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and the Harvard International Tax Program teaching local government finance, tax analysis and project evaluation. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in teaching, designing and implementing reforms on fiscal decentralization, local government finance, revenue mobilization and property taxation in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He served as a resident adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (Tanzania) from 2007-2009, Ministry of Economy and Finance (Cambodia) from 2005-2007, Ministry of Local Government (Kenya) from 1998-2005, and the Ministry of Finance (Indonesia) from 1982-1988. He has worked on a short term basis in Albania, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Ghana, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

Dr. Kelly is joined by other experienced practitioners from international organizations representing various disciplines, perspectives and country experience.

“The long-held notions and beliefs on fiscal decentralization have been challenged and given new perspectives, not just from the experts, but more importantly, from the [other] participants.”

Nino Alvina, PFD Participant

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COVID-19 Information

At this time, DCID’s Executive Education plans to hold our summer 2021 programs on Duke University’s campus in Durham, NC. Our team is constantly monitoring the dynamic situation and will provide updates in accordance with the latest information and guidance from Duke University officials and local authorities. Please monitor this webpage for these important updates. You may also review our FAQs, or send our team an email with any questions. 

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