first international conference on public financial management will debate how public money is managed around the world


The first international conference on trust and accountability in public financial management is to take place next year in London, England.

CIPFA – the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – is to host the three-day event at the QE II Centre, Westminster, from 15 – 17 March 2011.

The conference aims to bring together senior figures in public financial management from around the world, including auditors and accountants general, civil servants, policy makers, government finance professionals, representatives of non-governmental organisations, and politicians.

As well as hearing from expert speakers, delegates will discuss topics including public sector governance and professionalization, transparency and comparability in financial reporting, capacity development, donor confidence building and public financial management structures and processes.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • David Walker, former US Comptroller General, now a campaigner for fiscal responsibility and founder of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI)
  • Eugenio Caperchione, Chair of the Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research network (CIGAR)
  • Ian Ball, Chief Executive of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
  • Matt Andrews, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Anthony Hegarty, Chief Financial Management Officer at the World Bank
  • Ibrahim Dankwambo, Accountant General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Paul Druckman, Co-Chair of International Integrated Reporting Committee and Chairman of The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project.
  • Ioannis Sarmas, Member of the European Court of Auditors
  • Graham Ward, Chief Commissioner, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)

The conference is supported by the World Bank, the International Federation of Accountants, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

HM Treasury’s Government Finance Profession (GFP) also support the third day of the conference, which will additionally focus on issues of performance management and professional excellence in financial management.

CIPFA’s International Director Alan Edwards said:

“There has never been a more crucial time to discuss public financial management. With continuing economic uncertainty, national budgets under pressure, and public expectations of public services continuing to rise, the global public financial management community needs a forum to debate how public money is managed in this new fiscal age and beyond.”


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Notes to Editors:


CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.