Course date

26 July - 6 August, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Robert D. Ebel

Economic Development Institute (EDI) World Bank, Washington, DC., USA

Adrian Ionescu

Joint Integrated Local Development Programme, UNDP, Moldova
Course Faculty: 

Fred Fisher

International development consultant

Jozsef Hegedus

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Karoly Jokay

Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Robert Kovacs

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Ivan Miklos

Ministry of Economy, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary
This two week in-depth course on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management will provide a review as well as an advanced discussion and analysis of:
(i) worldwide trends in fiscal decentralization;
(ii) alternative models for structuring a multilevel public sector;
(iii)  the concept and practice of  the assignment of expenditure responsibilities and revenue authority;
(iv) the design of various forms of central -- subnational transfers;
(v) creditworthiness and the financial risks of local authorities;
(vi) models for strengthening local own-source revenues, and
(vii) the emerging topic of the relationship between the structure of governmental institutions and anti-corruption (institutional integrity) practices.

The activity will bring together a worldwide set of fiscal experts in a format that will stress faculty- participant interaction.

The objectives of the course are to

(i) provide participants with the analytical framework for understanding intergovernmental fiscal economics and various modules of the central--subnational (e.g., local) relationship, and
(ii) enhance participants’ capacity for successful implementation of public sector resource management reform by analyzing mechanisms for the transfer of resources among governments and identifying ways to address the issue of regional disparities and local resource mobilization.
The course will be offered as a series of nine modules over a ten day period. The core course materials were developed by an international group including: Professors Roy Bahl, Jorge Martinez-Vazquez, Sally Wallace from Georgia State University, USA, Prof. Paul Bernd Spahn from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Samir El Daher from the World Bank. The instructors will be drawn from this group as well as from a select group of CEE professionals like Dr. Gabor Peteri.
Attuned to new teaching techniques, the course aims to achieve the right mix of exercises, lectures, and interactive learning methods. This includes the dissemination of materials prior to the course presentation (paper and/or electronically) and supplementing the content with distance learning technologies, videos, electronic mail, internet linkages, teleconferencing and satellite presentations and interactive discussions.