1 Introduction2 Impact of the global financialcrisis5 Investment in infrastructure8 Increasing transparency10 Conclusions
About the survey
In 2004, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management(ICGFM) asked Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) to conduct its firstinternational survey of government financial executives, titled “ResistingCorruption in the Public Sector.” In 2009, Grant Thornton conducted a secondsurvey on behalf of ICGFM, focused on public financial management reform.The second survey provided insight into the experience of national governmentsengaged in improving the management of public resources, as well as in makingtheir finances more transparent and their financial information more useful formanaging public sector operations.This third survey, conducted in 2010 by Grant Thornton on behalf of ICGFM,focuses on responses to the global financial crisis, infrastructure investment,public private partnerships and transparency.
Grant Thornton partners and staff conducted in-person interviews with publicfinancial managers and executives, using an open and closed-ended surveyinstrument. We also designed and carried out a multilingual online survey of thesame target audience, which member firms of Grant Thornton International Ltdpromoted in their respective countries.Of the in-person and online survey respondents, approximately 80 percentwere employed by a government, 16 percent by donor organizations and othernongovernmental organizations. The remaining 28 percent were from academiaand private companies engaged in government service work. Participantsrepresented 54 countries across Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe andCentral Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, andNorth America.
Our survey does not attribute thoughts and quotations to any respondents, nor dowe name them, their institutions or their specific countries. These measures wereessential to gain the confidence and full cooperation of the government officialswho participated in the survey.