How a country organises its public finances forms the basis for how local authorities govern priorities in cities, towns and villages. While national governments have the responsibility to design and supervise a system that works, local authorities are challenged to use their often limited resources for delivering better local services.
This course helps you in answering questions such as:
- How can spending responsibilities and revenue resources be best assigned to the different government layers, taking into account the country context?
- What are the responsibilities of national government in designing and supervising a system that works?
- How can sub-national governments be supported to increase local revenues and strengthen financial management?
- How can local authorities be held accountable by their citizens?
This course will help you:
Assess and monitor fiscal decentralisation practices in your country;
Optimise the different sources of revenue, e.g. taxes, user fees and intergovernmental transfers;
Find effective financing structures and partnerships to accomplish most with limited resources;
Use revenue and expenditure tools;
Increase your insight in financial management and fiscal accountability at the local level.
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