Fourteen officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) completed a weeklong course on fiscal policy management on Friday, July 1.
The customized training program, led by faculty from the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, exposed participants to principles and recent trends in fiscal policy. It covered specialized topics such as the economic role of the public sector, revenue mobilization, public financial management, fiscal decentralization and supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The program has been an excellent opportunity to learn more about how fiscal policy connects to development,” said Greg Gangelhoff, program participant and economist with USAID’s Office of Economic Policy. “The material we learned and connections we made this week will help me conduct economic analysis for USAID and it will help everyone design, monitor and implement future development projects.”
The program brought together a number of senior faculty members at Duke University as well as practitioners from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), all with extensive experience in real-world policy reform, technical assistance and training. Roy Kelly, professor of the practice of public policy at Sanford, and Richard Hemming, visiting professor of the practice and former deputy director of fiscal affairs with the IMF, served as co-directors.
Since 2010, DCID has offered various programs on fiscal policy and project evaluation for USAID, providing training for over 75 USAID officials.