1 Executive summary3 Progress in public financialmanagement reform9 The many roles of thegovernment financial leader11 Transparency13 Dealing with global economicuncertainty16 Conclusions
About the survey
In 2004, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management(ICGFM) asked Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) to conduct its first internationalsurvey of government financial executives, titled
Resisting Corruption in the PublicSector
. In 2009, Grant Thornton conducted a second survey on behalf of ICGFM,focused on public financial management reform. The purpose of this secondsurvey is to provide insight into the experience of national governments engagedin improving the management of public resources, making their finances moretransparent and their financial information more useful for managing public sectoroperations.
Grant Thornton partners and staff conducted in-person interviews of nationalfinancial executives and donor organizations, using an open- and closed-endedsurvey instrument. We also designed and carried out a multilingual online surveyof the same target audience. Member firms of Grant Thornton International Ltdpromoted this survey in their respective countries, resulting in 65 completedsurveys. Copies of the survey instruments may be viewed at www.GrantThornton.com/publicsector under Publications.Of the in-person and online survey respondents, approximately 74 percentwere employed by a government, 9 percent by donor organizations and othernongovernmental organizations, 2 percent by academia and the rest by privatecompanies engaged in government service work. Participants represented 35countries across Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, LatinAmerica and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, and North America.
Our survey does not attribute thoughts and quotations to any of the respondents,nor do we name them, their institutions or their specific countries. These measureswere essential to gain the confidence and full cooperation of the governmentofficials who participated in the survey.