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August 23, 2017

Courses from CIPFA and the Harvard Kennedy School

Good governance is at the core of sustainable country development. That’s recognized by the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) with Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. We believe that Public Financial Management (PFM) reform is the critical enabler for improved governance.

The path to good governance differs because countries and societies are different. This is the focus of the latest free on-line course from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Practice of PDIA: Building Capability by Delivering Results begins on September 3rd using the free textbook Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, ActionThe course requires registration of 4 to 6 member teams who will leverage Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) to solve a governance or capability problem. PDIA and “Doing Development Differently” helps PFM and country development professionals to escape the bounds of so-called “best practices” to increase reform success.

Managing Public Money is a new “fremium” course from The Open University run in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in the UK. Beginning on September 11th., this course promises to cover the full PFM spectrum.

We’re big fans of the PDIA approach. Many in the FreeBalance management team have taken courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. We’re also big fans of CIPFA who have been relentlessly building PFM capacity globally – well beyond the UK.



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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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