Course date

10 July - 28 July, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Robert D. Ebel

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

Jozsef Hegedus

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Adrian Ionescu

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

Jan Brezski

Cracow Real Estate Institute, Poland

Sharon Cooley

Urban Institute, Washington, USA

Robert Kovacs

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Nicolas Levrat

Graduate Institute of European Studies, Geneva University, Switzerland

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary

Gabor Peteri

Local Governance Innovation & Development, Ltd (LGID)

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,
(ii) enhance participants' capacity for successful implementation of public sector resource management reform by analysing mechanisms for the transfer of resources among governments and identifying ways to address the issue of regional disparities and local resource mobilisation,
(iii) and increase participants` understanding in the issues of fast restructuring public economy in countries of transition,
(iv) enhance the participants` capacity to understand and use the practical simulation methods on public finance issues (transfers, local taxes).

Course level, target audience
The course has been designed for the practitioners, researchers/academics and trainers in the area of public finance related to local government issues and intergovernmental fiscal relations. Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of computer and software usage, e.g. Ms Excel. During the course one day will be dedicated to simple simulations using Ms Excel. 

Assignments and assessment 
The participants will be evaluated according to their attendance and contribution to class discussions and workshop exercises. Each participant is expected to prepare a presentation on the fiscal decentralisation issues of her/his country and on the issues of one public sector. These papers will be presented during the course.
Teaching methods 
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 simulations, case studies and interactive discussions. It is expected that students will continue to receive support after the course using  distance learning technologies, videos, electronic mail, internet linkages, and teleconferencing.