Policy expertise

Strengthening Child-Focused Public Financial Management

Policy Area
Country/Region
Bulgaria
Funder
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Duration
2009-2010
OPM contact

OPM was contracted to undertake a study of the impact of the Public Financial Management (PFM) system on children on behalf of the UNICEF Bulgaria Country Office. The purpose was to examine whether, how and to what extent national policies address children’s interests, whether the overall level of resources allocated to the social sector reflects these priorities and whether the PFM and administrative systems encourage efficient and effective policy and programme implementation. Within these broad aims, the specific objectives of the project were to: review and analyse the PFM system and its impact on children, including, whether national policies and the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework give sufficient priority to children; review the share of resources allocated to children (including reviewing the impact of public investment allocated to government functions related to the realisation of the rights of children); review the EU Structural Funds and their place in the budgetary framework for achieving national policies for children ; analyse the PFM system at the macro level to assess to what extent the objectives of the ‘National Integrated Plan for the Implementation on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 2006-2009’ and the ‘National Strategy for the Child’ were reflected in budgets; review public spending and public-service delivery performance at sub-national level; and provide recommendations on strengthening links between policy objectives and budgets, including the establishment of a clear monitoring system with a signal-function.

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