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An overview of some of the international services CIPFA provides around the world

CIPFA is global experts in public financial management. We offer a range of services to support countries and international bodies.


We award public financial management qualifications and provide assistance to countries seeking to create their own national qualifications.

Advice, guidance and training

CIPFA is the world’s only professional accountancy body specialising in the public sector. Our role is to advance PFM and promote best practice, championing the performance of public services by driving the effective and efficient use of public money across the globe.

We deliver internationally-recognised PFM qualifications worldwide, including the CPFA qualification, the PFM global gold standard, and a broad portfolio of specialist certificates. 

Staffed by leading experts, we bring a wealth of in-house expertise across the spectrum of PFM reform, and are a trusted partner of governments and donors in PFM capacity building, professionalisation and performance improvement programme implementation. 

Further information about our international PFM training and reform capacity can be found here

Global standards

We are a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and we provide technical input to other international boards and committees. Read about our Global standards.

The International Financial Reporting for Non Profit Organizations (IFR4NPO) initiative is a five-year project coordinated by Humentum and CIPFA to develop the first ever NPO international financial reporting guidance. Find out more here.

Reports and publications

We share our expertise in public financial management in reports and publications. These range from our A Whole System Approach framework to help countries improve their public financial management and service delivery, to information on a specific initiatives.

We work with IFAC to produce the International Public Sector Financial Accountability Index. The index uses data from countries around the world to create a picture of the quality of accrual accounting and the extent of IPSAS adoption. Read the latest report.

Delivering Excellent Public Finance

CIPFA’s portal, Delivering Excellent Public Finance summarises and provides access information dedicated to strengthening public financial management for both general stakeholders and practitioners in the UK and internationally. It draws on our Whole Systems Approach to public financial management and links to international frameworks.

News and commentary

We are co-founders of Public Finance Focus, the website dedicated to bringing you the latest public financial management news, along with Public Finance magazine and Ernst & Young.


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